Polk State College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution committed to excellence through diversity in education and employment. The College complies with all state and federal laws granting rights to students, employees, and applicants for employment or admission to the College. Polk State College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, disability, or pregnancy in its programs, activities, or employment.

Polk State College is firmly committed to maintaining an educational environment in which sexual harassment and sexual assault are not tolerated, and in which persons reporting sexual misconduct are provided support and resolution. When sexual misconduct is brought to the attention of Polk State College, the College will take prompt and appropriate action to end the misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and work to bring resolution to the misconduct.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in higher education. Institutions that receive federal financial assistance are to adhere to the amendments. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault. Polk State College prohibits the commission of any act of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, sexual battery, and other crimes of violence upon employees, students and prospective students, applicants, volunteers, vendors, contractors, visitors and other affiliates of the College conducting College business, events or activities at Polk State College. To the extent practical, non-employees (applicants, volunteers, vendors, contractors, etc.) on our premises should be made aware of the College’s position relative to Title IX.

Title IX states:

“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 education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
–Legal Citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)

Polk State College Rules and Procedures related to Title IX:

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Please visit the Related Rules & Procedures page, to view all rules and procedures related to the Office of Equity & Diversity.


Title IX is often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than athletics and applies to many programs at Polk State College. While compliance with the law is everyone’s responsibility at the College, below is a list of staff members who partner with the Title IX Coordinator to maintain Title IX compliance.

Ms. Valparisa J. Baker
Director, Equity & Diversity
Title IX Coordinator
Winter Haven Campus

Lt. Bobby Neil
Security Coordinator
863.297.1010 Ext. 5128
Winter Haven Campus
WCJ 175
For additional information, please visit Campus Safety & Security.
For community and on-campus resources, please visit  the Stop Sexual Violence/Additional Contacts & Resources page.

Sgt. Bobby Brigman
Campus Security Sergeant
Lakeland Campus
LAC 1185
For additional information, please visit Campus Safety & Security.
For community and on-campus resources, please visit  the Stop Sexual Violence/Additional Contacts & Resources page.

Ms. Jill Hall
Director, Human Resources
Winter Haven Campus

Ms. Kimberly Pearsall
Director, Disability and Counseling Services/Interim ADA Coordinator
Lakeland Campus
LTB 1273

Mr. Sylvester Little
Dean, Student Services
Lakeland Campus
LTB 1294

Mr. Lawrence Pakowski
Dean, Student Services
Winter Haven Campus
WAD 160

Mr. Bing Tyus
Director, Athletics
Winter Haven Campus
WHC 117

Additional Resources (Ombudsman)

Ms. Pairiss Jones
Coordinator, Career Development
Lakeland Campus
LTB 1148

Ms. Christina Fullerton
Director, TLCC & Learning Resources
Winter Haven Campus
WLR 356