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Sexual Misconduct

If you or any member of the campus community believe you have been subjected to unwelcome sexual advances, sexual coercion, requests for sexual favors, and/or sexually motivated physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct, or other conduct of a sexual nature, sexual violence, stalking, domestic violence, or if you have been sexually assaulted, whether on or off campus, here is how to report:

If this is an emergency: Call 911

Online Report: Click here to submit an online sexual misconduct report.

Sexual Assault Hotline: Call (775) 784-1030

Denise Cordova
Title IX Coordinator

(775) 784-1547 | dcordova@unr.edu

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Sexual Assault/Sexual Misconduct

If you were unwilling or unable to consent to any form of sexual contact you may have experienced sexual misconduct. Sexual assault/sexual misconduct can happen to anyone, regardless of sex or gender, and it is never the victim's fault. Sexual assault/sexual misconduct is a violation of University Policy.

Consent

It's On Us

Consent is 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 Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout the sexual activity and may be withdrawn at any time.  When consent is withdrawn or cannot be given, sexual activity must stop.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 of 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 18; 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.

Interpersonal Violence

Interpersonal violence includes domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and partner violence. Interpersonal violence is also a violation of University Policy. If you would like to report an incident or receive resources, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Denise Cordova by phone at (775) 784-1547, by email at dcordova@unr.edu, or submit an online sexual misconduct report by clicking here.

How Can We Help?

The Title IX Coordinator is EO/TIX Director Denise Cordova and depending on the specific nature of the complaint, interim measures and final remedies are available and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing an effective escort to ensure that the complainant can move safely between classes and activities;
  • Ensuring the complainant and respondent do not share classes or extracurricular activities;
  • Moving the respondent or complainant (if the complainant requests to be moved) to a different residence hall;
  • Providing information on medical, counseling and academic support services, such as tutoring;
  • Working with instructors to allow extra time for assignments without an academic or financial penalty;
  • Restricting the respondent to online classes

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What Can You Do?

Bystander Intervention

You have the power to make a difference!  If we all intervene as bystanders, we can stop sexual assault, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.  It is important to note that staying safe is of the utmost importance.  Only intervene if it is safe to do so.  The following provides examples of how to intervene as a bystander:

  • Direct

Confront (without placing yourself in danger) either the potential target or the person who you think is about to engage in inappropriate behavior.  Tell the person to stop, or tell them what they are doing is not acceptable behavior or it is not an acceptable activity.

  • Delegate

When you do not feel safe to approach the situation alone, look to involve others.  Involve friends to assist you in getting the person at risk to a safe place. Reporting the behavior or activity to the police or others in authority is also delegation.

  • Distract

This technique involves causing some form of distraction that will interrupt the flow of potential misconduct.  You may want to tell the person his/her car is being towed or that you recognize him/her from class to distract him/her so you and/or friends can take the person at risk to a safe place.

Safety Suggestions

While there is no absolute way to prevent sexual assault, there are some things you can do to help reduce your risk and promote the safety of others.  

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Try to avoid isolated areas and situations.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Have a plan as to how you will get home safely.
  • Go with a group of friends and agree to watch out for each other.
  • Do not leave your drink unattended.
  • Do not accept open drinks or drinks you did not watch being made.
  • Do not drink from common open containers.
  • Do not leave a drunk or drugged friend at a party.
  • Communicate your limits and desires firmly.
  • Distract.  If you see a friend in a situation that does not feel quite right, create a distraction and assist your friend to leave.
  • Intervene.  If you see someone who looks uncomfortable or at risk, step in without placing yourself in danger.
  • Enlist the help of others to diffuse a risky situation.
  • Report.  Call the police or tell someone in a position to help.
  • Circle of Six app on your phone.

The preceding information was adapted in part from the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.  For more information, please visit www.rainn.org/get-information.

Participate

The University of Nevada, Reno conducted a climate survey to measure student attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of sexual conduct and campus safety. The survey was adapted from the climate survey toolkit proposed by the White House task force to protect students from sexual assault. You can find the toolkit at www.notalone.gov.

All degree seeking students enrolled in the fall 2014 term were invited to "Be Heard & Be Part of the Solution" and take the survey during the months of November and December. 

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

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