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Title IX

Title IX is a portion of the Education Amendments of 1972(Title 20 U.S.C. Sections 1681-1688).

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Stormwater Management Plan

In compliance with the requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and State Water Discharge General Permit for Discharges in Western Washington.

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Title IX

Sexual Misconduct Prohibited by Civil Rights Law

Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights' Dear Colleague Letter (April 4, 2011) has clarified that sexual harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault and sexual violence. These are all violations of civil rights laws and constitute discrimination under Title IX for students and employees in educational institutions:

    "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..." 20 U.S.C. § 1681(a)

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity that receives financial support from the Federal government. In addition to prohibiting discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and sexual assault, Title IX also prohibits retaliation against individuals who complain about or participate in an investigation regarding an alleged Title IX violation. Title IX is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Employees are also covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In compliance with Title IX, BTC does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities or in its employment. It is BTC’s goal to maintain an environment that is free from all forms of illegal harassment and discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, sexual coercion, rape, bullying, and hazing.

All inquiries concerning the application of policies for the prevention of sexual harassment and sexual violence under Title IX should be referred to BTC’s Title IX Coordinator or Equal Opportunity Officer (EOO):

  • Linda Fossen, M. Ed.
  • Vice President of Student Services
  • Title IX Coordinator
  • College Services, Room 201
  • 3028 Lindbergh Avenue
  • Bellingham WA 98225
  • 360.752.8440
  • Email: lfossen@btc.edu


  • Camille J. Gatza, MBA, PHR
  • Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Equal Opportunity Officer
  • College Services, Room 121
  • Bellingham Technical College
  • 3028 Lindbergh Avenue
  • Bellingham, WA 98225
  • PH: 360.752.8549
  • Email: cgatza@btc.edu

The Title IX Coordinator provides advice and oversight on policies, preventive educational programs, resources and services required under Title IX, and in addition, oversees all complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well as identifies and addresses any patterns or systematic problems that arise during the review of complaints.

Counseling & Support Resources

If you have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault or sexual violence, we encourage you to see a confidential counselor in the Advising and Career Center (Jane Lowe-Webster at 360-752-8441 or Malcolm Oliver at 360-752-8377) in the College Services building to discuss your reporting options in detail, and to have someone there for you while you report.. We also encourage you to utilize the following support resources that are available to you:

Reporting Options

If you have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault or sexual violence, you have resources and reporting options. If you are involved in, or have knowledge of, an incident, please immediately contact at least one of the following people/offices:

  • Bellingham Police Department, 911
  • Vice President of Student Services and Title IX Coordinator: Linda Fossen, College Services 201, 360-752-8440, lfossen@btc.edu
  • Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity Officer: Camille Gatza, College Services 121, 360-752-8549, cgatza@btc.edu

Links to Resources from BTC and the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights:

Page updated June 2015

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Stormwater Management Plan

In compliance with the requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and State Water Discharge General Permit for Discharges in Western Washington.

As a Secondary Permittee of a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4), BTC has developed and continues to update a Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) as part of an existing permit the College has with the Department of Ecology.

Stormwater Management Plan (PDF)

We are publishing this document on our website for public review and any written comments regarding our SWMP. Please utilize the comment box below for a response and if you have additional comments, they can be directed to David Jungkuntz, Facilities Manager, via email at: dave.jungkuntz@btc.edu

For future reference, easy access to this page is provided by going to our main webpage and selecting “About BTC” in the upper right corner and then "Policies & Compliance" or www.btc.edu/StormwaterPlan.

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