Formal Complaint Process

Before filing a formal complaint, the Complainant may consult with the District’s EEO Officer and Title IX Coordinator, the Associate Vice President of Human Resources.  

Formal Complaint:  Formal Complaints must be filed with the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges or the Associate Vice President of Human Resources unless the party submitting the Formal Complaint alleges discrimination, harassment, or retaliation against the Associate Vice President of Human Resources, in which case it should be submitted directly to the Superintendent/President or the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.

What is the formal complaint process?

Step 1: Complete the written Formal Unlawful Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF).  Copies of the form are also available from the Office of Human Resources (Administration Building).

If any party submits a written allegation of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation not on the form described above, the District will seek to have the individual complete and submit the form.  However, if the individual chooses not to do so, the District will attach the written allegation(s) to the form and treat it as a Formal Complaint.  In no instance will the District reject a written allegation of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation on the basis that it was not submitted on the proper form.

What must a formal complaint contain?
  • It must allege facts with enough specificity to show that the allegations, if true, would constitute a violation of District policies or procedures prohibiting discrimination, harassment, or retaliation;
  • The complainant must sign and date the Formal Complaint;
  • The complainant must file any Formal Complaint not involving employment within one year of the date of the alleged discriminatory, harassing, or retaliatory conduct or within one year of the date on which the complainant knew or should have known of the facts underlying the allegation(s) of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation;
  • The complainant must file any Formal Complaint alleging discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in employment within 180 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory, harassing, or retaliatory conduct, except that this period shall extended by no more than 90 days following the expiration of the 180 days if the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged violation after the expiration of the 180 days.