PS 9 Missing Resident Student Notification Policy

POLICY STATEMENT

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires that colleges and universities establish a missing resident student notification policy, including missing student notification procedures for students residing in on-campus housing.

DEFINITIONS

American Campus Communities (ACC): Developer, owner, and manager of the housing apartment community at Nevada State College known as The Village NSC Student Housing.

American Campus Community (ACC) Emergency Contact Person: Contact person identified by on-campus resident students for general emergencies. The ACC Emergency Contact Person information is collected and stored by American Campus Communities.

Director of Housing: Responsible for overseeing the entire operation of the housing apartment community at Nevada State College known as The Village NSC Student Housing.

Missing Resident Student: Resident student whose whereabouts are unknown, whatever the circumstances of disappearance; considered missing until located or their well-being is otherwise established.

Missing Person Contact: Individual(s) identified by the on-campus housing student to be contacted in the specific case they are determined to be missing.

On-Campus Housing: Housing located on the College’s property catering to enrolled NSC and CSN students and families.

On-Campus Resident Student: Individual who is currently enrolled in classes, has a signed lease agreement, and resides in on-campus housing.

Reporting Party: Any person who reports a concern regarding the safety and security of a student whose whereabouts are unknown or unexplained.

Resident Assistant: An employee responsible for assisting students who live in on-campus housing.

PROCEDURES

I. Reporting a Missing Student

If a person has reason to believe that an on-campus resident student is missing, the individual should immediately notify a Resident Assistant or the Director of Housing. The Director of Housing will then notify the NSC Dean of Students. The NSC Dean of Students will contact University Police Services. University Police Services is the local law enforcement agency; they will begin an investigation immediately.

Should University Police Services determine that the student has been missing for more than twenty-four (24) hours, they will follow up with the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students will request the Missing Person Contact information from American Campus Communities. University Police Services will work with the Dean of Students to notify any appropriate outside jurisdictional agency and the student’s Missing Person Contact.

If the student is under eighteen (18) years of age and is not an emancipated individual, immediately after determining that the student has been missing for 24 hours University Police Services will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian and Missing Person Contact as designated in the form maintained by American Campus Communities.

Regardless of whether the student has identified a Missing Person Contact, if the student is age 18 or older, or is an emancipated minor, the Dean of Students will inform University Police Services within 24 hours that the student is missing.

The reporting party should provide the following information:

  • Name of missing student;
  • Student’s contact information;
  • If there is a reason to believe the student might be in distress or if there is a threat of imminent harm;
  • Background and descriptive information;
  • Time and date last seen;
  • Location last seen;
  • Last known destination;
  • Names of acquaintances;
  • Any additional information that may help locate the missing student.

If contact is made with the student, University Police Services will notify the Dean of Students and the student will be encouraged to notify the Reporting Party.

II. Missing Person Contact

All on-campus resident students have the option to designate a Missing Person Contact strictly for the event that the student becomes a missing person. This contact information will be confidential and accessible only to authorized college officials and law enforcement personnel involved in an emergency response. The missing person contact information may not be disclosed except to law enforcement personnel to assist in a missing person investigation. The Missing Person Contact will be notified within 24 hours of University Police Services determining that the student is missing.

FORMS/INSTRUCTIONS

American Campus Communities provides students with the ability to identify an ACC Emergency Contact Person for general emergencies and a separate contact to act as a Missing Person Contact. The data for these contacts is collected via a form managed by American Campus Communities during the move-in process.

The American Campus Communities Emergency Information Form is considered non-public information and will only be shared with appropriate Nevada State College personnel on an as-needed basis. The form is part of every on-campus housing student’s housing record, and pursuant to records retention policies, is retained for a minimum of five (5) years past the final move-out date, and then destroyed according to policy.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS

American Campus Communities
Shenice Noel, Director of Housing
shenice.noel@nsc.edu
702-308-5519

Division of College and Community Engagement
Edith Fernández, Vice President
edith.fernandez@nsc.edu
702-992-2358

RELATED INFORMATION

APPROVALS

Approved by Dr. Vickie Shields, Provost, November 10, 2020.
Approved by Bart Patterson, President, November 25, 2020.

PS 8 Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Policy

POLICY STATEMENT

Nevada State College is a diverse community committed to creating and maintaining a safe campus where all persons who participate in College programs and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment, discrimination, or intimidation. Sexual harassment, sexual assault/sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are violations of College policy.

Nevada State College will respond promptly to reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault/sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

DEFINITIONS

Coercion: the use of violence or threats of violence against a person or the person’s family or property, depriving or hindering a person in the use of any tool, implement or clothing, attempting to intimidate a person by threats or force, or when committed with the intent to compel a person to do or abstain from doing an act that the person has the right to do or abstain from doing.

In the context of sexual misconduct, coercion is the use of pressure to compel another individual to initiate or continue sexual activity against an individual’s will. Coercion can include a wide range of behaviors, including intimidation, manipulation, threats, and blackmail. A person’s words or conduct are sufficient to constitute coercion if they impair another individual’s freedom of will and ability to choose whether or not to engage in sexual activity.

Consent: An affirmative, clear, unambiguous, knowing, informed, and voluntary agreement between all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent is active, not passive. Silence or lack of resistance cannot be interpreted as consent. Seeking and having consent accepted is the responsibility of the person(s) initiating each specific sexual act regardless of whether the person initiating the act is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

The existence of a dating relationship or past sexual relations between the participants does not constitute consent to any other sexual act.

The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout the sexual activity and may be withdrawn at any time. When consent is withdrawn or cannot be given, sexual activity must stop.

Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated. Incapacitation occurs when an individual lacks the ability to fully, knowingly choose to participate in sexual activity. Incapacitation includes impairment due to drugs or alcohol (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary); inability to communicate due to a mental or physical condition; the lack of consciousness or being asleep; being involuntarily restrained; if any of the parties are under the age of 16; or if an individual otherwise cannot consent.

Consent cannot be given when it is the result of any coercion, intimidation, force, or threat of harm.

Dating Violence: Nevada law does not distinguish between Dating Violence and Domestic Violence. For Clery reporting purposes crimes meeting the below definition will be reported as dating violence:

Dating violence is an act committed by a person who is or has been in a “dating relationship” with the reporting party:

    1. 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. “Dating relationship” means frequent, intimate associations primarily characterized by the expectation of affection or sexual involvement. The term does not include a casual relationship or an ordinary association between persons in a business or social context; and
    2. Dating violence is committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the reporting party. Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, mental, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. Dating violence does not include acts coved under the definition of domestic violence. For the purpose of complying with requirements of this section and 34 CFR 668.41, any incident meeting this definition is considered a crime for the purpose of Clery Act reporting.

 Domestic Violence: Domestic violence occurs when a person commits one of the following acts against or upon the person’s spouse or 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:

    1. A battery.
    2. An assault.
    3. Compelling 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.
    4. A sexual assault.
    5. A knowing, purposeful or reckless course of conduct intended to harass the other person. Such conduct may include, but is not limited to:
      • Stalking.
      • Arson.
      • Trespassing.
      • Larceny.
      • Destruction of private property.
      • Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
      • Injuring or killing an animal.
    6. A false imprisonment.
    7. Unlawful entry of the other person’s residence, or forcible entry against the other person’s will if there is a reasonably foreseeable risk of harm to the other person from the entry.

Preponderance of the Evidence: The evidence establishes that it is more likely than not that the misconduct occurred.

Sexual Assault: A person who subjects another person to sexual penetration, or who forces another person to make a sexual penetration on himself or herself or another, or on a beast, against the will of the victim or under conditions in which the 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. (NRS 200.366(1))

Stalking: 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. (NRS 200.575(1))

PROCEDURES

I. Reporting Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking

The College encourages all members of the college community who believe that they have experienced sexual misconduct or gender-based violence to seek immediate medical attention and take steps to preserve pertinent information and tangible materials, regardless of whether or not an individual wishes to make a report to the College or law enforcement.

How to File a College Complaint

 Individuals who believe that they are victims of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking should notify the College’s Title IX Coordinator, Eric Gilliland. Contact information for Mr. Gilliland follows below. Complaint forms are also available online at https://nsc.edu/title-ix/. Lastly, employees may also notify their supervisors, department chair or director of a unit.

Title IX Coordinator

Eric Gilliland, eric.gilliland@nsc.edu, 702-992-2322.

II. Next Steps & Anticipated Timelines

Upon receipt of a report of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, the Title IX Coordinator will conduct an investigation to determine if disciplinary charges are warranted.  If, after conducting an investigation of the allegation, the Title IX Coordinator believes that there is sufficient information to support a violation of College policy, the case is referred to the appropriate administrative officer for adjudication.

For students, cases are referred to the Dean of Students and adjudicated under the Student Code of Conduct https://nsc.edu/college-policies/student-code-of-conduct/

  • Staff cases are referred to the appropriate Academic Department or Department of Human Resources.

For staff, cases are referred to the Department of Human Resources.

  • The College seeks to resolve such complaints within 60 business days from receipt of a report, excluding days classes are not in session. Circumstances may require the College to extend this overall time frame or any individual time frame discussed in this Policy. Examples of reasons why time frames may need to be extended include the complexity of the case, delays due to fall/spring/summer/holiday breaks, inclement weather, and other extenuating circumstances. Exceptions to these time frames will be communicated to the Complainant and Respondent.

III. Standard of Evidence

When an incident of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking is reported to NSC, these violations are adjudicated based on standard of evidence known as “preponderance of the evidence” during any institutional conduct proceeding arising from such a report.

Evidence Preservation

Although in the immediate aftermath of an incident, an individual may not be interested in reporting the incident to the College or in pressing charges, preserving evidence immediately can be vital to a successful investigation if, in the future, an individual decides to move forward with a civil, criminal, or College conduct case, or seeks a protective order.

Here are some tips on preserving evidence:

  • Avoid any of the following before seeking medical attention: showering, bathing, douching, brushing of teeth, going to the bathroom, drinking, and/or change of clothing.
  • Similarly, any clothing, towels or bedding should remain untouched pending collection by law enforcement. Whether or not an individual has chosen how to proceed at the time of the medical examination, taking the step to gather evidence will preserve the full range of options to seek resolution through the pursuit of criminal investigation or through the College’s complaint processes.
  • If an individual has any bruising or injuries, they should take photos of the bruising with a camera and document the date and time of the photograph (cell phones automatically do this). If an individual goes to the hospital they can do this as it is deemed necessary.

Medical attention is also strongly encouraged.  If a survivor of sexual assault would prefer to remain anonymous, they can receive an evidentiary exam at no cost at an area hospital without filing a police report.  These exams are filed under a Jane/John Doe name. If a survivor chooses to file a police report, it should be noted that a police report states what happened and does not require the survivor to press charges.  The choice remains with the individual whether to press charges.

IV. Individuals or Organizations that Can Assist Victims

The following support services are available should victims want to access them:

  • Dean of Students at (702) 992-2511.
  • Title IX and the Office of Compliance at (702) 992-2322.
  • To notify and report the crime off-campus, contact the Henderson Police Department at (702) 267-5000 or the appropriate jurisdiction, or 9-1-1.
  • University Police Services at (702) 895-3669 or 9-1-1 from a campus phone.

V. Options Regarding the Involvement of Law Enforcement

  • You have the option to report to, or decline to report to the University Police Services and local law enforcement: Although the College strongly encourages prompt reporting of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking individuals have the option of reporting to (a) local law enforcement; (b) the College, including University Police Services; (c) both (a) and (b); or (d) none of the above.  This means that individuals have the right to decline to notify the College or law enforcement officials.
  • If you want to notify local law enforcement, the College can assist you in notifying those authorities: If an individual wants to notify local law enforcement, then the College will, upon request, help that individual make a report to local law enforcement.  A report to local law enforcement is separate from a report to the College.
  • Process of Making a Police Report: Depending on the circumstances of an incident, University Police Services may meet you at the hospital, on campus, or at the police station. An officer will document the case with a written report. It is very important for an individual to provide the most comprehensive, accurate details of the crime to the officer. Sometimes a person may have distorted memories of the event; it is okay for a person to say “I don’t remember” or “I’m not sure,” without any penalty. A police interview can take up to a few hours, depending on the circumstances of the case. Questions often include the timeline of events, what (if anything) was said, whether there was additional physical assault or injury, if weapons were used, and any descriptive features that were noticed about the Respondent. It is likely the officer may go over the events of an assault repeatedly when writing the report; this is intended to gather as many details as possible, to make the strongest case. Information is gathered then given to a detective who will review the same information. All individuals have the right to stop a report at any time, not complete the report, or request a break, if they feel overwhelmed.
  • Contact Information: An individual who wishes to pursue criminal action in addition to, or instead of, making a report to the College for dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking may contact law enforcement directly by calling: 911 (for emergencies) or 702-985-3669 for University Police Services or in-person at one of the locations mentioned above.

 VI. Availability of Protective Orders

In some cases, an individual may wish to consider a Protection from Abuse Order from the local courts.  This is a civil proceeding independent of the College.  If a court order is issued the College will, to the extent possible, assist the protected person in benefiting from the restrictions imposed by the court and will also facilitate on-campus compliance with the order.

Separate from protective orders, the College can in some cases issue a “no contact” order pending the outcome of a College investigation.  Such a directive serves as notice to both parties that they must not have verbal, electronic, written, or third party communication with one another.

 VII. Efforts to Protect Confidentiality of Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking

The College will attempt to protect the confidentiality of victims of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking the following ways:

  • In completing any publicly-available recordkeeping, including Clery Act reporting and disclosures, such as the daily crime log, the College takes all efforts to avoid the inclusion of personally identifying information about the victim, to the extent permissible by law.
  • In addition, when the College assesses or delivers protective measures and accommodations, the College will attempt to keep personally identifiable information about the victim as confidential (shared only with persons with a need to know) to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the College to provide such support. The Title IX Officer and/or the Dean of Students will determine what, if anything must be disclosed and to whom.  This decision will depend on the facts and circumstances of the unique situation and the measure being requested.

VIII. Written Information Made Available to Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking

The College will provide the following information to students and employees:

  • Written notification is made to students and employees about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid and other services available for victims both on-campus and in the community.
  • Written notification is made to victims about options for, available assistance in, and how to request changes to academic living, transportation, and working situations, if so requested by the victim and if such accommodations are reasonably available, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to campus police or local law enforcement.

Any student or employee who reports to NSC that the student or employee has been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, whether the offense occurred on or off campus, shall be provided with a written explanation of the student or employee’s rights and options.

IX. Disciplinary Action in the Case of Alleged Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, or Stalking

Nevada State College is committed to creating and maintaining workplace and educational environments that are free from all forms of sexual discrimination, including sexual misconduct.  Any act involving sexual harassment, violence, coercion, and intimidation will not be tolerated.  The College prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  It is the practice of NSC’s Title IX Coordinator to investigate any allegations of sexual misconduct and to take immediate action by providing interim resources and accommodations to both the accused and the accuser.

About These Proceedings

  • Such proceedings provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution and are conducted by officials who receive annual training on the issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in addition to how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.
  • The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during an institutional disciplinary proceeding; including the opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an advisor of their choice; and
  • Both the accuser and the accused shall be simultaneously informed, in writing, of:
    • The outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding that arises from an allegation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
    • The institution’s procedures for the accused and the victim to appeal the results of the institutional disciplinary proceeding.
    • Any change to the results that occurs prior to the time that such results become final, as well as when such results do become final.
  • NSC will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence (as that term is defined in section 16 of title 18, United States Code), or a non-forcible sex offense, the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by NSC against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense If the alleged victim is deceased the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim.
  • An institution, or an officer, employee, or agent of an institution, may not retaliate, intimidate, threaten, coerce, or otherwise discriminate against any individual for exercising their rights or responsibilities under any provision in this section.

List of Potential Sanctions

Students, faculty, or staff who are found in violation of College policy by committing acts of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking may be subject to discipline up to and including termination and/or expulsion, in accordance with the NSHE Code (or in the case of students, any applicable student code of conduct) or, in the case of classified employees, the Nevada Administrative Code. Other lesser sanctions may be imposed, depending on the circumstances.  Complaints may also be filed against visitors, consultants, independent contractors, service providers and outside vendors whose conduct violates this policy, with a possible sanction of limiting access to institution facilities and other measures to protect the campus community.

For students, the following list includes all the possible sanctions that NSC may impose following the results of any institutional disciplinary proceeding from an allegation of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.  Depending upon the severity of the violation, and whether a repeat or multiple violations are involved, recommendations for sanctions may be imposed in any order or combination.  In addition to the disciplinary, educational, community, and health initiative sanctions identified below, and in the College’s sole discretion, a student/student organization may be required to perform specific restitution service, to complete counseling or other specialized treatment or support services, and/or be required to participate in an activity or program whose purpose is to redirect behavior. This is monitored by NSC’s Dean of Students.

Any violation of the Code that is motivated by race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, creed, national origin, disability, or veteran status may subject the student/student organization to the imposition of a sanction more severe than would be imposed in the absence of such motivation.

A sanction may have an accompanying administrative fee, in which case the student will be notified at the time the sanction is assigned. Payment of an administrative fee will be considered part of the successful completion of the sanction.

Failure to comply with any such sanction or requirements will constitute an additional violation of the Code, and may result in additional and increased sanctions in accordance with the procedures set forth in this Code.

Sanctions:

RESTRICTIONS, LOSS OF PRIVILEGES, AND EXCLUSION FROM ACTIVITIES.  Exclusion/restriction from participation in privileges, extracurricular activities, holding office, or represent the College.  Loss of use privileges for designated College facilities, denial of the use of a vehicle on campus, and/or other restrictions consistent with the violation committed.

CONDUCT PROBATION. The terms of probation will be determined at the time the probation is imposed. Probation may include exclusion from participation in privileges or extracurricular activities. The student/student organization placed on probation shall be notified in writing that the commission of prohibited acts will lead to additional and/or increased conduct sanctions.

DISCIPLINARY CONDUCT SUSPENSION. This is the temporary separation of the student from the College for a specified period of time and/or until specific conditions, if imposed, have been met. A disciplinary suspended student shall not participate in any College-sponsored activity and shall be barred from all College campuses and properties. The student will be notified in writing of the suspension. The official transcript of the student shall be marked “Not In Good Standing” The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of students under the age of eighteen (18) years shall be notified of the action. After the suspension period has elapsed, the student will be placed on conduct probation for a period of time that is equal to the amount of time that the student was suspended. At the end of the probationary period, the student will be classified as being in “good standing” provided that no further Code violations have occurred.

EXPULSION OR TERMINATION. Permanent separation of the student from the College. The expelled student shall not participate in any College-sponsored activity and shall be barred from all NSHE campuses and properties. The official transcript of the student shall be marked “Conduct Expulsion Effective (date).” The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of a student under the age of eighteen (18) years shall be notified of the action.

REQUIRED EDUCATIONAL/RESTITUTION ACTIVITIES. Mandatory participation in educational activities or programs of community restitution service on campus or in the community, as approved.

ADMINISTRATIVE CONDUCT HOLD. A status documented in the Registrar’s official file that precludes the student from registering for classes and/or accessing official transcripts until clearance from the Dean of Students.

INTAKE/ASSESSMENT/TREATMENT REFERRALS. A student may be referred to NSC’s All About You Counseling or a community mental health provider to complete an intake and assessment involving alcohol, controlled substance, or other identified issues arising from a violation. In the College’s discretion, proof of participation or completion of treatment may be required. When appropriate, a student may be referred to an off-campus provider for such services at the student’s expense.

X. Range of Protective Measures Available

These measures may include, but are not limited to:

  • the implementation of a NSC-issued no-contact order
  • academic accommodations
  • residential accommodations
  • transportation accommodations
  • employment accommodations
  • safety consultations with University Police Services
  • personal protection devices
  • on-campus escorts

XI. Resources

The College provides additional information on sexual harassment and sexual violence trainings.  New faculty, staff and student workers will be notified of sexual harassment and sexual violence prevention training during orientation.  Current faculty and staff can access training through the Law Room.  Students are assigned training through CampusClarity.

In addition, NSC’s Office of Human Resources also provides training on Title IX and Sexual Harassment and oversees the College’s web based training programs that include trainings on Campus SaVE Act and Title IX.

NSC’s LawRoom/CampusClarity Training Library includes:

  • Student training library:
    • Alcohol, Drugs, Sexual Assault harm-reduction training
    • Title IX and Campus SaVE Act training (main course)
  • Staff/faculty training library:
    • Overview of Title IX and Campus SaVE Act
    • Prevent harassment, discrimination, & retaliation
    • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Students and staff may report an incident to the Student Conduct Office via the NSC Portal. In addition, any staff member who is concerned about the health, safety, and/or well-being of student can make a referral to the CARE Team.

CONTACTS

Edith Fernández, Office of College and Community Engagement
702-992-2358
Edith.fernandez@nsc.edu

Eric Gilliland, Title IX Coordinator
702-992-2322
Eric.gilliland@nsc.edu

Stefanie Coleman, Dean of Students
702-992-2511
Stefanie.coleman@nsc.edu

RELATED INFORMATION

  • Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972

HISTORY

None

APPROVALS

Dr. Vickie Shields, Provost, September 26, 2019.
Mr. Bart Patterson, President, September 30, 2019.

PS 7 Hazing Policy

Hazing

Hazing has no place within a community of scholars. The Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education and Nevada State College affirm their opposition to any form of hazing.

Nevada State College advocates civility in society and an adherence to the fundamental principles of honesty, integrity, respect, fairness, development of the individual character, and sensitivity to the dignity of all persons. These principles should be fostered and nurtured in a broad spectrum of activities that yield social, intellectual, and physical benefits. Therefore hazing of any nature is unacceptable.

1. Hazing is defined as any method of initiation into or prerequisite to becoming a member of the Nevada State College community, or any group associated therewith, engaged in by an individual that intentionally or recklessly endangers another individual or group. Any activity upon which the initiation into or affiliation with an organization or group is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be forced activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding. Hazing may occur on or off the premises of the organization and/or educational institution. Hazing is most often seen as an initiation rite into a student organization or group, but may occur in other situations.

2. Hazing activities include but are not limited to:

a. Any physical activity, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of food, liquor, drugs or other substance or any other brutal treatment or other forced physical activity that is likely to adversely affect the physical health of the person;

b. Any situation which subjects the individual to extreme stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, required participation in public stunts, or forced conduct which produces pain, physical discomfort, or adversely affects the mental health or dignity of an individual; and

c. Any expectations or commands that force individuals to engage in an illegal act and/or willful destruction or removal of public or private property.

3. A reasonable person standard shall apply, and the discipline shall be proportionate to the infraction. All disciplinary actions or sanctions shall be congruent with NSHE Code Title 2, Chapter 10, and the NSC Student Code of Conduct. Both individuals and organizations committing an offense under this anti-hazing policy may be found in violation and be subject to appropriate disciplinary sanctions.

4. An allegation of hazing, reporting of a suspicion that hazing may have occurred, or a request for an investigation of hazing may be initiated by anyone. Violations shall be reported to the Office of the President.

Investigations of Alleged Hazing

All investigations of hazing and procedures for adjudication shall follow the Student Code of Conduct.