Resources and Contacts

Title IX Resources and Contact Information

Whether you are seeking help right after an incident of sexual harassment or sexual violence, or if you are looking for support for a past incident, free and confidential help may be available both on and off-campus for all parties. 

Who to Contact for Help

Campus Security

Campus Security is available as a first option to report any incidents of crime or violence on campus. The Security Office can assist in filing a report with law enforcement agencies, providing an escort service on campus to any student, etc.  The Campus Security Office may be reached at (916) 660-7120. 

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center provides confidential psychological counseling services and medical treatment. Health Center Therapists are confidential. The Student Health Center can provide medical care, however, the health center is not equipped for forensic examinations. 

  • Rocklin Campus Student Health Center
    Winstead, L-183
    (916) 660-7490

  • Nevada County Campus Student Health Center
    N3 101
    (530) 274-5317 

Title IX Campus Advocates

Title IX Campus Advocates are professional, Masters level Counselors who have completed specialized training in sexual assault, including sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking. Title IX Campus Advocates provide confidential support, referral, and advocacy for supportive measures, including academic accommodations to students. Title IX Campus Advocates are employees of Sierra College. Individuals who are not prepared to make a report, or who may be unsure how to proceed, but are still seeking information and support may confidentially explore their options with a Title IX Campus Advocate. Title IX Campus Advocates are available at all campus locations.

Campus Advocates may be contacted at (916) 660-8400 or via email 9confidential@sierracollege.edu, and one of our trained counselors will respond to provide you with the support needed. 

Please see our Resources and Contacts for further information about terms and definitions.

Title IX Coordinator

All parties may contact the Title IX Coordinator with questions or to discuss the complaint process and/or the process for filing a report/complaint of sexual harassment, discrimination, or sexual violence involving a current Sierra College student or employee. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at (916) 660-7006 or via email at EEOT9@sierracollege.edu. Please note that the Title IX Coordinator is not a confidential resource as defined below (under Terms and Definitions).

For emergencies and/or if you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 911.  

Crisis Centers

Crisis Centers are community-based organizations that provide comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Services include: 24/7 crisis line, emergency shelter, supportive housing, hospital accompaniment for rape survivors, walk-in crisis intervention and advocacy, legal and social services, support groups, therapeutic and peer counseling, therapy, educational and prevention workshops, and information and referrals. Please consider contacting the following centers:

Center Contact Information
Center for Violence-Free Relationships
Serving El Dorado County
(530) 626-1131 (Crisis Line)
Community Beyond Violence
Serving Nevada County
(530) 272-3467 (Crisis Line)
National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-SAFE (7233)
Sierra Community House
Serving Tahoe-Truckee
(800) 736-1060 (Crisis Line)
(530) 582-9117 (Info)
Stand Up Placer
Serving Placer County
(916) 920-2952 (Crisis Line)
(866) 920-2952 (Toll-free)
(916) 443-3715 (TDD)

Law Enforcement Agencies   

Agency Contact Information
Auburn Police Department (530) 823-4237
Grass Valley Police Department (530) 477-4600
Rocklin Police Department (916) 625-5400
Roseville Police Department (916) 774-5000
Sacramento Police Department (916) 264-5471
Truckee Police Department (530) 550-2323

Medical Treatment

Hospital Contact Information
Auburn Faith (530) 888-4500
Kaiser Roseville (800) 409-9206
Sutter Roseville (916) 781-1000

 

Warning: These definitions pair with legal and policy language and include sensitive content which might be triggering or traumatizing to some individuals. View or access the Title IX Terms and Definitions in PDF format.

 

Actual Knowledge. Actual Knowledge under Title IX is notice of sexual harassment or allegations of sexual harassment to a school’s Title IX Coordinator or an Official with Authority. At Sierra College, individuals identified as supervisors under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act are “Officials with Authority,” and they must disclose incidents of sexual harassment/sexual assault/dating violence/ domestic violence or stalking to the Title IX Coordinator. 

Adverse Action. Adverse Action means an action that has a substantial and material adverse effect on the Complainant's ability to participate in a college program or activity free from Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation. Trivial actions or conduct not reasonably likely to do more than anger or upset a Complainant does not constitute an Adverse Action. 

Advisor. The Complainant and the Respondent may each elect to be accompanied by an Advisor to any meeting or interview regarding allegations of Title IX or District policies. The role of the Advisor is to provide support and assistance in understanding and navigating the Title IX grievance process. The Advisor may be anyone, including a union representative from the Complainant’s or Respondent’s collective bargaining unit or, an attorney, or, in the case of the Complainant, a Campus Victim’s Advocate, provided the Advisor is not a person with information relevant to the allegations who may be interviewed by the Investigator during the investigation. The Advisor may not answer questions regarding the investigation's subject matter for the Complainant or the Respondent. However, the Advisor may observe and consult with the Complainant or Respondent and take appropriate action to ensure that the investigation does not violate applicable laws, policies, or collective bargaining agreements. 

In the context of a Title IX Grievance hearing, which does not allow direct examination by the parties, each party’s advisor may ask the other party and any witnesses questions that are relevant to the Title IX complaint. 

Complainant. Complainant means an individual who is eligible to file a Complaint to report a violation of Title IX or District policies. A Complainant includes any person who is reported by someone else to be the subject of conduct prohibited by Title IX or District policies. A Complainant may also be referred to as a party to the Complaint. 2 

Confidential Resources for Sierra College. Title IX allows colleges to exempt certain employees from reporting to the Title IX Coordinator to minimize barriers that may inhibit students from sharing personal information. Sierra College has exempted the following positions from reporting. The Title IX Campus Advocate Counselors, and Licensed Therapists working in Health Services, and the Dean of Student Services–Counseling. 

Title IX Campus Advocates work within professional ethical guidelines, and applicable federal and state laws such as FERPA and California Mandated Reporting Requirements. Generally, communication between the student and the Campus Advocates is private and may only be disclosed with written consent. 

Exceptions to confidentiality include: 

  • If there is a likelihood of harm to self or others 
  • If a minor (under 18) has been or may be abused or neglected 
  • If an elderly or disabled person has been or may be abused, neglected, or subject to financial exploitation 
  • If records are requested by a subpoena or court order 
  • Advocates provide aggregate statistical reports to the College; no personally identifying information is included. 

Consent. A sexual “affirmative” agreeing to sexual activity between the participants. There is no coercion or intimidation. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that they have affirmative consent of the other participant(s) to engage in the sexual activity. Lack of protest or resistance does not imply consent. Silence does not imply consent. Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time. 

The existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved, or the fact of past sexual relations between them, should never by itself be assumed to be an indicator of consent. Consent cannot be given when a person is asleep, unconscious, or incapacitated. Incapacitation can be due to the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication, to the extent that they cannot understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual activity. Nor can consent be given if a person is unable to communicate due to a mental or physical condition. Likewise, if you are a minor (under 18), you are unable to give legal consent for sexual intercourse. 

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 shall 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 this definition, dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.  

Decision-Maker. The person or group of people who will oversee the Title IX grievance process live hearing and make a determination of responsibility or no responsibility for the complaint. 

Domestic Violence. Includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, 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 the jurisdiction. 

Gender. Gender means sex and includes a person’s gender identity and gender expression. Gender expression means a person’s gender-related appearance and behavior whether, or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth. Sex includes but is not limited to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or associated medical condition(s). They are Protected Statuses. 

Gender-based Discrimination. Discrimination based on a person’s gender or sex. 

Gender-based Harassment. Verbal, nonverbal, graphic, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostile conduct based on sex, sex-stereotyping, sexual orientation or gender identity, but not involving conduct of a sexual nature, when such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it interferes with or limits a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from education or work programs or activities. 

Harassment. Harassment means unwelcome conduct, based on the Complainant’s Protected Status, that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the Complainant, and is in fact considered by the Complainant, as limiting their ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the College. 

Investigator. Investigator means the person tasked by the College with conducting an impartial investigation of a Complaint. All Investigators shall receive annual training regarding such issues as the laws governing Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation; Title IX and VAWA/Campus SaVE Act; as well as other related state and federal laws prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation based on Gender or Sex, including Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking; Complainant, Respondent, Employee, and witness privacy rights; and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). For matters involving Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Dating or Domestic 4 

Violence or Stalking, the Investigator shall also receive annual training on how to conduct an investigation process that protects the safety of the Complainant(s) and the University community. 

Non-Consensual Sexual Contact. Touching of intimate body parts such as genitalia, groin, breast, buttocks, or mouth or any clothing covering them, without consent; the removal of another person's clothes without consent; touching a person with one's own intimate body parts without consent; compelling another to touch one's intimate body parts without consent or any other intentional sexual touching with any object by a person upon another person, without consent. 

Preponderance of the Evidence. Preponderance of the Evidence means the greater weight of the evidence, i.e., that the evidence on one side outweighs, preponderates over, or is more than, the evidence on the other side. The Preponderance of the Evidence is the applicable standard for demonstrating facts and reaching conclusions in an investigation conducted pursuant to Sierra College Administrative Procedures 3434 and 3435, and the District’s Title IX grievance process. 

Protected Status. Individuals are protected by Federal and State Laws and District policies from discrimination or harassment based on Protected Status, which includes Age, Disability, Gender, Genetic Information, Gender Identity or Expression, Nationality, Marital Status, Race, color or Ethnicity, Religion, Sexual Orientation, and Veteran or Military Status. 

Rape. Under California Penal Code 261, rape is summarized as sexual intercourse against an individual's will accomplished by force or threats of bodily injury; or fear that the victim or another will be injured if the victim does not submit to the intercourse; or where the victim is incapable of giving consent or prevented from resisting due to being intoxicated, drugged, or unconscious or asleep. 

Sextortion. Sexual exploitation in which abuse of power is the means of coercion, as well as to the category of sexual exploitation in which threatened release of sexual images or information is the means of coercion. 

Sexual Assault. Sexual assault occurs when physical, sexual activity is engaged without the consent of the other person or when the other person is unable to consent to the activity. The activity or conduct may include physical force, violence, threat, or intimidation, ignoring the objections of the other person, causing the other person's intoxication or incapacitation through the use of drugs or alcohol, or taking advantage of the other person's incapacitation (including voluntary intoxication). 5 

Sexual Harassment. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical contact of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is conduct that explicitly or implicitly affects a person’s employment or education, interferes with a person’s work or educational performance, or creates an environment such that a reasonable person would find the conduct intimidating, hostile, or offensive. 

Sexual harassment may include incidents between any members of the District community, including faculty and other academic appointees, staff, students, student employees, coaches, interns, and non-student or non-employee participants in District programs. Sexual harassment may occur in hierarchical relationships, between peers or between individuals of the same sex. Some examples of harassing behavior include, but are not limited to: 

  • Insults, name-calling, and offensive jokes 
  • Intimidating words or actions 
  • Unwelcome or inappropriate touching 
  • Sexually suggestive remarks or gestures 
  • Unsolicited pornographic materials 
  • Obscene messages (via text or computer) 
  • Pressure for sexual activity or a date 
  • Sexual assault and rape 

Sexual Harassment under Title IX. Sexual Harassment under Title IX is misconduct on the base of sex, which jeopardizes equal access to education, including: 

  • A District employee conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the recipient on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (Quid pro quo).
  • Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the District’s education program or activity; or
  • “Sexual assault” as defined by the Clery Act, or “dating violence,” or “domestic violence,” or “stalking,” as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). 

Sexual Misconduct. Sexual misconduct includes a range of behavior used to obtain sexual gratification against another’s will or at the expense of another. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, and any conduct of a sexual nature that is without consent or has the effect of threatening or intimidating the person against whom such conduct is directed. 

Sexual Violence. Sexual violence is defined as physical, sexual acts engaged without the consent of the other person or when the other person is unable to consent to the activity. Sexual violence includes sexual assault, rape, battery, sexual coercion, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. 

Stalking. Stalking is engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his/her/their safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress. 

For the purposes of this definition: Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property. 

Supportive Measures. Under Title IX, Supportive Measures are non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without fee or charge to the complainant or the respondent before or after the filing of a formal complaint or where no formal complaint has been filed. Such measures are designed to restore or preserve equal access to the recipient’s education program or activity without unreasonably burdening the other party, including measures designed to protect the safety of all parties or the recipient’s educational environment, or deter sexual harassment. 

Resources for Faculty

Sexual harassment includes sexual assault, relationship violence (domestic and dating violence), and stalking. Under Title IX, these behaviors are all forms of sex-based discrimination and are prohibited by both law and District policy. Sierra College is committed to maintaining an educational and work environment that is free of sex-based discrimination and does not tolerate these behaviors. 

At Sierra College, individuals identified as supervisors* under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act are “Officials with Authority,” and they must disclose incidents of sexual harassment/misconduct/stalking to the Title IX Coordinator. As of August 14, 2020, per our interim policy:

Officials with Authority are required to report all relevant information they know about sexual harassment including the name of the Respondent, the Complainant, any other witnesses, and the date, time, and location of the alleged incident. 

A supervisor is anyone with authority to hire, fire, assign, transfer, discipline, or reward other employees. A supervisor is also anyone with the authority to effectively recommend (but not necessarily take) these actions if exercising that authority requires the use of independent judgment.  

If you are a supervisor, report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator. Non-supervisory personnel are encouraged  to connect students who share information about incidents of gender-based discrimination, violence, and harassment with a Title IX Campus Advocate who are trained counselors.

Note: Investigations of sexual assault and sexual harassment incidents are not your responsibility. Trained individuals will talk with the survivor and the alleged perpetrator as well as friends and colleagues to gather information.

As a member of the District community, a student may approach you regarding being the recipient of unwelcome sexual contact, or having knowledge regarding another student in this situation. It is important to provide support to a survivor of sexual violence and to also refer this person to Title IX Campus Advocates in Counseling Services. These steps are designed to help you best support and inform someone of the resources available to assist with the person’s physical and emotional needs.  

Recognize it can be an enormous step for someone to talk with another person about sexual violence, and this person has placed trust in you by revealing the experience. It is, however, important to inform the student of your role in connecting them with the Campus Advocates, and in some cases, making a report to the Title IX Coordinator.  

Tips for Non-Supervisory Employees

If a student discloses sexual harassment or violence to you, and you are a non-supervisory employee, please consider the following responses:  

Response Idea 1

Thank you for reaching out to me and trusting me with this information. I’m sorry to hear this happened to you. As faculty/staff at Sierra College, I am encouraged to connect students with trained counselors known as Title IX Campus Advocates. A Campus Advocate will contact you to provide information about on and off campus support and services, resources available to you, and your reporting options. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to support you in your success in this class.  As a college, we want to be able to support you during this difficult time.   

Response Idea 2

I just finished reading your assignment and the personal incident that you shared. Thank you for trusting me with this information. I’m so sorry to hear this happened to you. Your safety is our number one concern, and I'm encouraged to connect students with trained counselors known as Title IX Campus Advocates. A Campus Advocate will contact you to provide information about on and off campus support and services, resources available to you, and your reporting options. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to support you in your success in this class. As a college, we want to be able to support you during this difficult time.  

If you would like to connect a student with a confidential Title IX Campus Advocate or learn more about our services, please contact us at (916) 660-8400 or 9confidential@sierracollege.edu.  

To report a Title IX incident, contact the Title IX Coordinator at (916) 660-7006 or eeot9@sierracollege.edu

Tips for Instructional Faculty

Instructional faculty are also encouraged to include the following language on their syllabi:

Option 1

Sierra College is committed to providing a safe learning environment, free of harassment and discrimination, as described by Title IX, federal and state law, and District policies found on our website. It is my goal that you feel you can share information related to your life experiences in classroom discussions, in your written work, and in our one-on-one meetings, and I will seek to keep information you share private to the greatest extent possible. However, ​as an instructor, I'm encouraged to connect students who share information about incidents of gender-based discrimination, violence, and harassment with a Title IX Campus Advocate who are trained counselors.  Through a referral to the Campus Advocates, students receive the best information possible regarding appropriate on and off campus support, services, resources, and options for filing a complaint. 

Additionally, our local community organizations provide confidential support and resources to survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence and available 24/7.

Option 2

As an instructor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment for my students and for the campus as a whole. So that the college can provide students with appropriate support, services and assistance, I am ​encouraged to connect students who share any instances of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and/or other forms of prohibited discrimination with Title IX Campus Advocates. ​ The Title IX Campus Advocates are confidential employees available to provide counseling, crisis intervention, reporting options, and connection to campus and community resources. 

Additionally, our local community organizations provide confidential support and resources to survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence and available 24/7.

For a full list of Title IX contacts, please visit Title IX Resources and Contacts

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.