Title IX: Sexual Harassment and Assault

Lake Tahoe Community College provides a safe environment that supports learning and encourages all students to pursue their goals and successfully achieve them. This means the College does not tolerate sex discrimination—including sexual harassment and violence—and is committed to empowering all students and employees to take actions to eliminate sex discrimination on campus and to know how to get help if sex discrimination occurs. LTCC is ready to help!

 

About Title IX (NINE)

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects students, employees, and other persons at the college from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment; discrimination based on gender identity or on not conforming to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity; sexual assault; domestic violence; stalking; or other types of sexual misconduct (S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Title IX Resource Guide (Apr. 2015). Title IX protects women and men, students and employees—it protects all of us!

 

What Title IX Covers

Title IX prohibits the following types of discrimination:

Sex Discrimination

Title IX prohibits public colleges and universities from discriminating on the basis of sex in the recruitment or admission of students into its programs, in providing financial assistance, and in participating in athletics. Often, Title IX is most directly associated with women in college athletics programs, but it applies to all programs and services offered by the college.

Sex-Based Harassment

Title IX prohibits sex-based harassment by peers, employees, or third parties that is sufficiently serious to deny or limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities at the College. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Gender-based harassment is another form of sex-based harassment and refers to unwelcome conduct based on an individual’s actual or perceived sex, including harassment based on gender identity or nonconformity with sex stereotypes, and not necessarily involving conduct of a sexual nature. Stalking is also a form of sex-based harassment.

Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment and refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent (e.g., due to the student’s age or use of drugs or alcohol, or because an intellectual or other disability prevents the student from having the capacity to give consent).  A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.

 

Hostile Environment

When sex-based harassment is serious, it creates a hostile environment. The College’s responsibility is to take measures to avoid the creation of hostile environments wherever possible and if a hostile environment develops to remedy it immediately. There are different remedies the College can take to address a hostile environment:

 Stopping contact between the victim and the attacker (or respondent), such as by  giving a “no contact directive” to the respondent, adjusting course schedules or restricting access to campus where necessary;
 
• Providing academic accomodations, such as giving extra time to complete assignments;
 
• Modifying your work schedule if you work on campus to prevent interaction with the respondent;
 
• Providing counseling and other support services

 

Annual Security Report

Lake Tahoe Community College’s annual security report is now available. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the college. The policy statements address the college’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security, for example, policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. The annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings, or on property owned or controlled by Lake Tahoe Community College. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, and the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters.

Your safety is important to us. The best way to keep you and the rest of the Lake Tahoe Community College family safe is for us all to report crimes or suspicious activity or behavior. We welcome any suggestion to improve these policies and procedures you think will improve the safety of students, faculty and staff. Please contact Sue Gochis, Executive Dean of Student Success at Gochis@ltcc.edu.