Sexual Harassment & Assault Prevention

Sexual harassment is both offensive and illegal. Sierra Nevada College (SNC) does not tolerate sexual harassment – or discrimination of any kind – of its students or employees.

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The college’s policy prohibiting sexual harassment is stated in the Student Handbook. For more information on the elements of sexual harassment, or to report discrimination and / or sexual harassment, please contact Shannon Beets.

If you believe you have been subjected to unwelcome sexual advances, sexual coercion, request for sexual favors, and/or sexually motivated physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct of a sexual nature, whether on or off campus, immediately contact the Title IX Coordinator:

Shannon Beets
Provost, Interim Title IX Coordinator

What is Consent?

Consent is an understandable exchange of affirmative words or actions, which indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Consent must be informed, freely and actively given. It is the responsibility of the initiator to obtain clear and affirmative responses at each stage of sexual involvement. The lack of a negative response is NOT consent. An individual who is incapacitated by alcohol and / or other drugs both voluntarily or involuntarily consumed may not give consent. Past consent of sexual activity does not imply ongoing future consent. Consent can be withdrawn at any time, as long as that withdrawal is clearly communicated by the person wishing to withdraw from sexual activity.

Consent Is:

  • Informed (knowing)
  • Voluntary (freely given)
  • Active (not passive)
  • Clear words or actions
  • Indicates permission to engage in mutually agreed upon (sexual) activity

Security and Safety

In case of emergency dial 911.

On-Duty Security Officer: 775–223–3107

To report or obtain assistance in locating a missing student from Sierra Nevada College, please contact:

Lizzie Thibodeau
Director of Student Affairs & Housing
775-831-1314 x7481

Title IX

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Title IX states: “No person in the US 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.” Sexual harassment can occur off campus, in social media, and in other cyber venues. The Title IX Coordinator is here to ensure that you have the right to an education and to work and advance in employment on the basis of met, ability, and potential without fear of sexual harassment, sexual assault and discrimination.

The Title IX Coordinator assists all students, faculty, staff and members of the campus community with sexual harassment and discrimination issues; provides training in sexual harassment and discrimination prevention; conducts internal sexual harassment and discrimination investigations; ensure compliance with all state and federal sexual harassment and discrimination laws.

Sexual Assault: Means an offense classified as a forcible or non-forcible sex offense under the uniform crime reporting system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Under Nevada Law, a person who subjects another person to sexual penetration of himself or herself or another, or on a beast, against the will of the victim or under conditions in which perpetrator knows or should know that the victim is mentally or physically incapable of resisting or understanding the nature of his or her conduct, is guilty of sexual assault. (Nevada Revised Statue 200.366)

Domestic Violence: Includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of jurisdiction. Under Nevada Law, domestic violence occurs when a person commits a battery; an assault; compels the other person by force or threat of force to perform an act from which the other person has the right to refrain or to refrain from an act which the other person has the right to perform; a sexual assault; or a knowing, purposeful or reckless course of conduct intended to harass the other person, such as, but not limited to, stalking, arson, trespassing, larceny, destruction of private property, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, injuring or killing an animal, a false imprisonment, or unlawful entry of the other person’s residence, or forcible entry against the other person’s will if there is reasonable foreseeable risk of harm to the other person’s spouse of former spouse, any other person to whom the person is related by blood or marriage, any other person with whom the person is or was actually residing, any other person with whom the person has had or is having a dating relationship, any other person with whom the person has a child in common, the minor child of any of those persons, the person’s minor child or any other person who has been appointed the custodian or legal guardian for the person’s minor child. (Nevada Revised Statue 33.018)

Dating Violence: Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship would be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. For the purposes of SNC’s policy, dating violence would include, but would not be limited to, sexual or physical or the threat of such abuse, and emotional or psychological abuse.

Stalking: Means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable to person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress. Under Nevada law, a person who, without lawful authority, willfully or maliciously engages in a course of conduct that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, harassed or fearful for the immediate safety of a family or household member, and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, harassed or fearful for the immediate safety of a family or household member, commits the crime of stalking (Nevada Revised Statue 200.575)

Sierra Nevada College is committed to Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, national origin, age, creed, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, and/or genetic information.