Title IX Coordinator for the District

Laura Cyphers Benson
Associate Vice President of Human Resources (530) 242-7648 

What is Title IX?​

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs, including athletic programs, or activities that receive federal funding.
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, rape, and sexual assault.

Shasta College's Guide to Title IX

Shasta College has recently developed a Guide to Title IX.  The Guide can be found here:
What is Sexual Misconduct?
Sexual Misconduct is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical contact of a sexual nature. Sexual Misconduct is conduct that explicitly or implicitly affects a person’s employment or education or 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 Misconduct may include incidents between any members of the District community, including faculty, staff, students, student employees, volunteers, 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 behavi​or 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; and
  • Sexual assault and rape

​​Title IX PowerPoint Training

Shasta College Title IX Contacts