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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.

Title IX

Sexual Misconduct Prohibited by Civil Rights Law

Bellingham Technical College is committed to providing a learning and working environment characterized by mutual respect and fair treatment among all its constituents. An essential component of this environment is a strong ethic and practice of equality, acceptance, and nondiscriminatory interactions. Harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, gender identity or manifestation, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by college policy or by state or federal laws is unacceptable and will be addressed through this policy.

According to federal law, “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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Furthermore, Bellingham Technical College strives to provide a safe environment in which students and employees can pursue their education and/or employment free from the detrimental effects of sexual misconduct, which includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual assault, and other forms of non-consensual sexual behavior..

Sex- and gender-based harassment, discrimination or violence will be addressed through the College’s Discrimination and Harassment policy and procedure

  • Office of the Title IX Coordinator for BTC: Michele Waltz, 360.752.8440 or
  • Office of the Interim Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer for BTC: Tami Willett, 360.752.8475 or

The Title IX Coordinator handles a student complaint of harassment (bullying, sexual harassment, hazing,) sexual assault, sexual violence, sexual coercion, and rape, as well as violations of the Student Conduct Code. For the process in these instances, please see the Student Code of Conduct (WAC 495B-121) and the Discrimination and Harassment policy and procedure or contact the Title IX Coordinator at or 360.752.8440.

The Interim Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer handles any investigation of an employee complaint based upon: Race, Color, Creed, Religion, National Origin, Sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), Age, Disability, Marital Status, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, Genetic Information and Veteran Status. For information on the process in these instances, please contact at or 360.752.8475.

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.

The 2020 Department of Education federal regulations under Title IX, effective August 14, 2020, define sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct more narrowly than the Bellingham Technical College policy and require specific procedures for investigating and adjudicating allegations that meet the federal definitions and other criteria, such as where alleged conduct occurred. BTC will continue to address all complaints of sexual misconduct and will assess complaints to determine if BTC policy or federal rules apply.

Counseling & Support Resources

If you have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault or sexual violence, we encourage you to see a confidential counselor in the Admissions & Advising Center. Please stop by the front desk in College Services Building (CSB) 106 or call 360.752.8345, to make an appointment with a counselor to discuss your reporting options in detail, and to have someone there 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:

Title IX Training

Effective August 14, 2020, the new 2020 Title IX Regulations (34 CFR Part 106.45(b)(10)) mandates the public sharing of materials used to train school and college Title IX team members. The following materials reflect the training of BTC’s Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Administrators.

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

Page updated August 2020

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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

  • Stormwater Management Plan - (Rev 2015) (PDF)

Updates and Revisions

  • 2019 Annual Plan Update (PDF)
  • 2018 Annual Plan Update (PDF)
  • 2017 Annual Plan Update (PDF)
  • 2016 Annual Plan Update (PDF)
  • 2015 Plan Update (PDF)
  • 2014 Plan Update (PDF)
  • 2012 Plan Update (PDF)
  • 2011 Plan Update (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:

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

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CARES Act Fund Reports

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) - SIP

  • BTC CARES Act HEERF-SIP Expenditures, Report #1 – 6/29/2020 (PDF)
  • BTC CARES Act HEERF-SIP Expenditures, Report #2 – 08/13/2020 (PDF)

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) – Institutional Aid

  • BTC CARES Act Institutional Aid Expenditures, Report #1 – 6/05/2020 (PDF)
  • BTC CARES Act Institutional Aid Expenditures, Report #2 – 7/20/2020 (PDF)
  • BTC CARES Act Institutional Aid Expenditures, Report #3 – 9/03/2020 (PDF)

Drug Free Workplace

Policy and Program

Bellingham Technical College is committed to providing a drug-free, healthful, safe, and secure workplace and environment, and has implemented a drug and alcohol abuse, prevention, and assistance program. The College will annually notify employees and students that the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on College property, or as any part of College activity, is prohibited. (WAC 495B-121-040 (12-14))

Bellingham Technical College intends to promote a drug free, healthful, safe, and secure work environment. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of alcohol or any controlled substance is prohibited in or on property owned or controlled by Bellingham Technical College. The use of alcohol or any unlawful controlled substance while in or on property owned or controlled by Bellingham Technical College is prohibited. While state law permits the recreational use of marijuana, federal law prohibits such use on college premises or in connection with college activities. Prescription drug usage must be accomplished in a lawful and safe manner pursuant to a valid medical prescription. No employee will report to work while under the influence of alcohol or any unlawful controlled substance. A controlled substance is defined by RCW 69.50.201 through RCW 69.50.214 or pursuant to Title 21 USC Section 821 (Schedules I-IV), as now enacted or subsequently amended.

Alcoholic beverages may be served at scheduled events at Bellingham Technical College provided all Washington laws and Bellingham Technical College administrative procedures, guidelines, and regulations are met. (BTC Policy 363.0)

These provisions are in accordance with the requirements of the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.

Health Risks and Sanctions

The following nonexclusive list of health risks have been identified with the use and abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol: memory loss; depression; fetal alcohol syndrome; problem pregnancy; sclerosis; circulatory problems; insomnia; heart failure; respiratory arrest; cardiac arrest; seizures; coma; anxiety; paranoia; irritability; fatigue; mental illness; death.

Violation of this policy by any employee or student are subject to sanctions imposed by the College which are consistent with local, state, and federal law and regulations. Such sanctions may include, but are not limited to, the offender's referral for mandatory evaluation or treatment for a substance abuse disorder, expulsion from the College, disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from employment and referral to other authorities for prosecution. Disciplinary action against employees or students will be initiated in accord with the Washington Administrative Code, applicable contract provisions, and College policy. Violation of this policy by an employee or student may also result in arrest and conviction under applicable criminal laws of the United States, the State of Washington, or local municipalities. Conviction can result in sanctions including probation, fines, and imprisonment.

To comply with federal law, Bellingham Technical College requires an employee to notify the employing official of any criminal drug statute conviction for any violation occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) days after such conviction. If the employee is engaged in the performance of a federally sponsored grant or contract, the College must notify the federal contracting agency within ten (10) days of having received notice that the employee has been convicted of a drug statue violation occurring in the workplace. Within 30 days of receipt of such notice, the College will take disciplinary action against the convicted employee and/or require satisfactory participation in a drug/alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program. Disciplinary action may include dismissal from employment or other appropriate personnel action(s). Employment at Bellingham Technical College is conditioned upon the employee’s willingness to abide by this policy. Students who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary sanctions including: warning and reprimand, disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal in accordance with the Student Conduct Code (WAC 495B-121).


Bellingham Technical College recognizes alcohol and drug dependency to be an illness and major health problem. The institution also classifies drug usage and abuse as a potential safety and security problem. The following resources are available to employees and students seeking assistance with such problems.

  • The College counseling center and the Human Resources Office can provide referrals.
  • The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides face-to-face and/or phone sessions. They have 24 hour on-call support and most face-to-face appointments are scheduled within 24-72 hours. More information on EAP can be found on the PeaceHealth EAP Health Promotion Northwest website or call 360-788-6565 or 1-800-244-6142.
  • Services may be provided as part of health insurance plans, when appropriate.
  • The Washington Recovery Help Line, which provides 24-hour help for substance abuse and related problems, can be reached at 866-789-1511. The Washington Recovery Help Line website contains information about and links to recovery resources. Also available online is a Directory of Certified Behavioral Health Services in Washington State, published by the state Department of Social and Health Services.
  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers
  • Alcoholics Anonymous – There are several meetings held in Whatcom County. Strict confidentiality is maintained. For more information, phone (360) 734-1688 or visit the Alcoholics Anonymous website.
  • Alcohol/Drug Helpline (24 hours) 1-800-662-4357.
  • Whatcom County Health Department Substance Abuse Prevention website.
  • Substance Abuse Information and Resources Brochure.
  • The Start Your Recovery website is a free, confidential tool that helps individuals take steps toward a healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol.

The program will be reviewed biennial to determine its effectiveness and to ensure compliance with required sanctions [CFD Title 34, Subpart B 86.100(b)]

Adopted as a Board Policy for Bellingham Technical College November 19, 1992; revised March 16, 2006. Reaffirmed on February 17, 2011. Revised September 23, 2014.

Drug-Free Campus Policy

2018 Biennial Review of BTC’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP)