File a Complaint

Lake Tahoe Community College takes all complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence very seriously. We understand that it can be difficult for victims or those who have witnessed a violation to come forward and file a complaint, and we’ve attempted to simplify the process as much as possible.

 
Report A Complaint On Campus

Email  You can email the Dean of Student Services and share the nature of the complaint. You will be contacted to schedule a meeting to discuss your complaint (a telephone call can also be scheduled if it is more convenient). During this meeting, you will be asked to share more details about your complaint so that she or he can determine what steps the College can take to remedy a potential hostile environment and keep you safe successful in your academic work. Next, we will begin the investigation process and implement any related remedies that were identified.

 

 

Report a Complaint to the Local Police Department

In cases where a crime has potentially been committed, a victim can report a complaint directly to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department by calling (530) 542-6100. Except in extreme circumstances, if you report a complaint to the College we will not share this information with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department without your permission.

 

Complaint Process

Once a Title IX complaint has been reported, there is a consistent process the College follows to immediately remedy a potential hostile environment, conduct a thorough investigation, make a determination and implement sanctions, and take any other actions to prevent further sexual harassment or sexual violence incidents.

Remedy a Hostile Environment. During the first meeting with the victim, additional information will be gathered about the complaint to determine if steps need to be taken immediately to keep the victim safe and able to fully participate at the College. These steps could include directing the respondent (or attacker) to have no contact with the victim, temporarily moving the respondent or the victim to another course section, giving the victim more time to complete recent assignments, providing an escort to and from campus, or providing counseling services and other referrals to the victim. The remedies will be implemented immediately and continued until the investigation is finalized.

Conduct an Investigation. Based upon the complaint, two staff investigators will conduct a thorough investigation. The investigators will conduct interviews with the victim, the respondent, and any witnesses and will review all evidence available. Depending on the nature of the complaint, the investigators might also conduct additional interviews off-campus. With all of the collected information, the investigators will determine if there is a preponderance of evidence—what we call 50% likely “plus a feather"—and will submit their findings to the Deane of Student Services. Typically, an average investigation takes no more than 60 days to complete; more complex complaints may take longer.

Make a Determination and Implement Sanctions. With the results of the investigation, the Dean of Student Services determines whether the respondent is responsible or not. If the respondent is responsible, it will be determined which sanctions will be enforced based upon the Student Code of Conduct. Both the victim and the respondent will be notified of the investigation’s outcome and the sanctions being enforced.

Take Further Actions to Prevent Future Incidents. At the end of the investigation, the Dean of Student Services will review the initial remedies that were put in place and determine if these remedies need to be continued or if other actions need to be taken to eliminate a hostile environment. This includes protections against any form of retaliation towards the victim, witnesses, or advocates who participated in the process. In addition, the College constantly learns from each complaint and changes processes or provides additional programs and services to help prevent sexual harassment or sexual violence within the College community.

 

Appeal Process

Once a final determination on a Title IX complaint has been delivered, both the victim and the respondent has a right to appeal the decision. If either the victim or the respondent choose to appeal, the other person will be given the right to appeal at the same time; further appeals based upon the outcome of the appeal will not be allowed.

An appeal must be submitted in writing and will be reviewed by the Superintendent/President. An appeal will only be considered based upon (a) new, compelling evidence; (b) evidence of a mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetence in the investigation process; (c) or compelling argument that the sanctions imposed are not consistent with the severity of the violation(s). An appeal must be submitted within thirty (30) days of notice of the outcome of the investigation. Typically, the average appeal is reviewed within ten (10) business days; more complicated appeals may take longer.

 

 

Know Your Rights

Both the victim and the respondent have rights during the investigation process.

Victim’s Rights. First, the victim has the right to feel safe at the College and to participate fully in its educational programs. In addition, the victim has the right to:

• Be given remedies to a hostile environment that are not burdensome, including resources to counseling and referrals to off-campus organizations;

• Have an advocate participate in meetings during the investigation to provide moral support (legal representation is not allowed);

• Be given access to view evidence related to the investigation;

• Be given notice of any information provided to the respondent, including the outcomes of the investigation and any imposed sanctions;

• Continue to receive remedies if a hostile environment persists, including protection from retaliation.

Respondent’s Rights. The respondent also has the right to feel safe at the College and to participate fully in its educational programs to the extent to which this participation does not create a hostile environment for other students. In addition, the respondent has the right to:

• Be given remedies to a hostile environment (for self or the victim) that are as least burdensome as possible;

• Have an advocate participate in meetings during the investigation to provide moral support (legal representation is not allowed);

• Be given access to view evidence related to the investigation;

• Continue to receive remedies if a hostile environment persists as appropriate.