Equity and Consent

Got Consent?

Consent....

  • Means all parties are ready and willing to share that moment with one another, and each person has control over their participation and what that moment will be like.
  • Means all participants have to say “Yes” and continue to say “Yes” as the interactions continue.
  • Is enthusiastic, free-willing, clear, concise, mutual, and on-going.
  • Can be verbal or non-verbal (e.g., high-five, thumbs up, head nod “yes”, etc.).
  • Cannot be given if either partner is:
    • Under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
    • Asleep, unconscious, or incapacitated
    • Coerced in any way
    • Under the age of 18 (unless married)
    • Does not understand the nature of the act

If you have had a non-consensual interaction (i.e., sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, etc.), and would like information on resources, supportive measures, and reporting options, you may reach a Title IX Counselor at 9confidential@sierracollege.edu. If you are in imminent danger, please call 9-1-1.

Resources

To learn more about consent, check out these resources:

Sierra College also strongly recommends that all students complete the student training surrounding Title IX prevention. Contact the Title IX Office to learn more.

Explore Your Options and Supportive Measures

Sierra College (referred to as The College) will respond promptly when the Title IX Coordinator receives a report of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and violence. If you are interested in filing a formal complaint/report to the College related to an incident of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, stalking, etc. or are interested in meeting with someone to discuss the Title IX complaint process, please call (916) 660-7006 or email EEOT9@sierracollege.edu to connect with the Title IX Coordinator. Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and violence, to the Title IX Coordinator.

  • The Complainant is the individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment.
  • The Respondent is an individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment.

The process for reporting to the College is also outlined in Interim AP 3434: Responding to Harassment Based on Sex Under Title IX.

To the extent possible, the College will respect your autonomy in deciding how to proceed and whether or not you would like to move forward with a formal complaint. Individuals have the opportunity to decide whether they want to pursue a formal Title IX complaint. Reporting sexual harassment to the Title IX Coordinator does not automatically initiate an investigation. By reporting, the College can provide a wide variety of resources and supportive measures to impacted individuals and prevent a reoccurrence of the conduct. The College will explain your option to file or not to file a formal complaint and will discuss the complaint grievance process with you. 

The Title IX Coordinator, or designee, will notify you if a formal Title IX complaint, or a complaint alleging other violations of the District’s policies, is made against you. For Title IX complaints, the College will follow the Formal Complaint Grievance Process in Interim AP 3434: Responding to Harassment Based on Sex Under Title IX. Complaints that do not meet the requirements of Title IX, may be investigated under other district policies and procedures. 

The College prohibits any intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination against any individual who makes a report or complaint of sexual harassment, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in any manner in a Title IX investigation, proceeding, or hearing. Individuals who experience retaliation may contact the Title IX Coordinator. 

The Sierra College Title IX Counselors and or local Rape Crisis Center may provide confidential information about your reporting options. If you would like to pursue criminal remedies simultaneously or instead of reporting to Sierra College, you may make a report to your local law enforcement agency by calling 9-1-1.
 
Making a report to Sierra College is not the same as reporting to law enforcement. For things to consider when reporting to law enforcement and information surrounding the resources mentioned above, please visit Title IX Resources and Contacts.

In addition to reporting to the College, students may file a Title IX complaint with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces five federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education (ED). To learn more, visit the Office for Civil Rights.

Depending on the case, supportive measures may be offered to the parties, regardless of whether a formal complaint/report has been filed. The College will provide supportive measures as appropriate and as reasonably available to restore or preserve equal access to the College’s education program or activities. Supportive measures are designed to protect the safety of all parties, protect the College’s educational environment, or deter sexual harassment.  Supportive measures may include:

  • Counseling
  • Course-related adjustments/academic interventions
  • Modification of work or class schedules
  • Campus escort services
  • Mutual restrictions on contact between the parties
  • Changes in work or housing locations, or leaves of absence
  • Increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus
  • Other similar measures

Contact Title IX Coordinator 

LaToya Jackson-Lainez
Director of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Diversity and Title IX
5100 Sierra College Blvd.
Rocklin, CA 95677
Human Resources, U Building
(916) 660-7006
Personal Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers/Ella
EEOT9@sierracollege.edu

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Title IX Employer

Sierra College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination and the achievement of diversity and equity among its faculty, staff, and students. Persons with inquiries about the application of Title IX and/or EEO may contact the Director of Diversity, EEO and Title IX (Title IX Coordinator) at the address above, at (916) 660-7006 or via email at EEOT9@sierracollege.edu.