Discrimination and Workplace Complaint Procedures

Equal Employment Opportunity, Nondiscrimination (including Harassment) and Compliance

San Mateo County Community College District is an equal employment opportunity (EEO) employer committed to nondiscrimination and achieving diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility for all prospective employees, faculty, staff, and students.

Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance

The District is committed to ensuring all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunities and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District based on ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, immigration status, physical or mental disability, based on perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

The District strives to achieve a welcoming workforce to ensure an inclusive academic and work environment for all. Links to learn more about Equal Employment Opportunity rights are provided below.

Board Policies

Complaints alleging violation of equal employment opportunity regulations can be filed using the District's Discrimination/Harassment/Retaliation Complaint form.

Prevention of Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation (DHR)

Discrimination and Harassment can directly and indirectly impact an individual's ability to work and study. The District takes all reports of discrimination seriously. The District prohibits retaliation taken against a student or employee who has or is believed to have reported an incident of discrimination or harassment, filed a complaint of the same, or participated in an investigation related to a discrimination or harassment complaint. Retaliation includes adverse actions that are reasonably likely to deter an individual from opposing conduct or filing a complaint about such practices. 

The District's policies against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation apply to all programs, activities, employment practices, and operations of the District. This includes the conduct of all students and employees and the conduct of all guests, visitors, vendors, contractors, subcontractors, and others who do business with the District. 

The DHR Administrator has the authority to receive and coordinate responses to reports of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. The DHR Administrator is Mwanaisha Sims, Director of Policy, Training, and Compliance or designee. Mwanaisha may be contacted at 650-358-6808 or simsm@smccd.edu

Board Policies

    • Nondiscrimination (BP 2.19)
    • Nondiscrimination Administrative Procedure (AP 2.19.1)
    • Discrimination and Harassment Investigations (AP 2.19.2)
    • Prohibition of Harassment (BP 2.25)
    • Prohibition of Harassment Administrative Procedure (AP 2.25.1)
    • Discrimination and Harassment Investigations (AP 2.25.2)

Please complete the Discrimination/Harassment/Retaliation Complaint form to file a complaint alleging a violation of the District's Nondiscrimination or Prohibition of Harassment policies. 

How to File a Complaint


To file a discrimination/harassment/retaliation complaint, please complete the Discrimination/Harassment/Retaliation Complaint Form.

To file a workplace complaint, please complete the WORKPLACE COMPLAINT FORM.

For more information, please visit our Procedures and FAQ webpage.