Harford Community College believes that a campus environment that celebrates differences in sexuality, sexual identity and gender identity is beneficial to our entire community and we are committed to providing that through education, resources, advocacy, and emotional, social and physical support.
Safe Zone Committee
The Safe Zone Committee was created to improve the campus climate and promote equity for LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) students, staff and faculty by:
- Providing education to students, staff and faculty that raises awareness about issues facing the LGBTQ+ community (heterosexism, cisnormativity, harassment, etc.),
- Developing a network of allies who have been trained in LGBTQ+ issues and care about the emotional, social and physical well-being of the LGBTQ+ community, and
- Serving as an advisory board for LGBTQ+ issues on campus, particularly as it relates to advocating for sensitive and inclusive practices and policies.
The Safe Zone Committee offers two types of educational sessions for the College community:
Sensitivity Training is a 30-minute informational session designed to provide basic knowledge about the LGBTQ+ community and is mandatory for all new-hire employees.
The Ally Workshop offers a more intensive, interactive experience for employees who wish to become allies for LGBTQ+ individuals. During this 3-hour workshop, participants are provided with more complex information, important resources, and brainstorm solutions to scenarios that were specifically developed to address experiences at Harford Community College.
“Students feel like we care, because we do care.
More than 85 campus staff and faculty have been trained and actively participate as Safe Zone Allies.
Video by Julia Schmalz, The Chronicle of Higher Education. September 3, 2015
Discrimination and Harassment
It has been, and will continue to be, the policy of Harford Community College that
all students, employees, applicants, and other persons dealing with the College will
do so in an atmosphere that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, veteran,
sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information
or any other status protected by law. This policy includes, but is not limited to,
decisions about recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits,
transfers, social or recreational programs, academic opportunities and enrollment.
As part of its commitment to non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity, the College prohibits harassment of any kind. The College will not tolerate harassment by anyone—supervisors, other employees, students, contractors, or other persons under control of the College.
Inclusive Restrooms and Locker Rooms
Gender Identity is one's innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither— how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One's gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth. LEARN MORE »
In keeping with Harford's policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, every individual has the right to choose which restroom and locker room to use based on their gender identity and comfort.
Harford's goal is to both follow federal and state guidelines and provide a safe and inclusive environment for every person on campus. To that end, an all-inclusive, single-user restroom is available in most buildings on campus. There are many reasons a person would choose to use an all-inclusive, single-user restroom. For example, these restrooms are not gender specific, ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities, provide privacy when assisting children and dependents, and allow for personal space and more privacy. Specifically all-inclusive, single-user restrooms are available in these locations:
- Bel Air Hall (Main Hallway)
- Chesapeake Center (by Kitchen)
- Darlington Hall (2nd Floor by 215A)
- Edgewood Hall
- Joppa Hall (North end near rooms 14 & 15)
- Maryland Hall
- Observatory (in lobby)
- Student Center (lower level, back hall near Globe)
- Susquehanna Center (near pool)
- Additionally, Harford is committed to include at least one all-inclusive, single-user
restroom in new buildings and in buildings undergoing full scale renovations to the
No person can be forced to use a restroom or locker room that does not fit their gender identity, nor can they be forced to use an individual restroom or alternate facilities when others are not required to do so. However, we strive to provide options for privacy for all people. Any action against a person who is using a restroom or other facility cannot be based on their gender expression or gender identity or perceived gender expression or identity. Signs in each building provide information about all-inclusive, single-user restroom locations within buildings.
Restrooms and locker rooms can be a source of discomfort for everyone, not just transgender people. It is crucial that we ensure that all people are safe in the College's facilities. Anyone misusing locker rooms or restrooms (e.g., to look at members of the opposite sex, or someone trying to look in or access an occupied restroom or stall) must be addressed and reported, as these are behavioral issues and are unrelated to providing people access to the facilities that match their gender identity.
Students are reported on the Referral Form for Code of Conduct Violations, employees are reported to the College's Human Resources Office, and visitors are reported to Harford Community College Public Safety office.