The Board of Trustees of the Nebraska State Colleges is committed to providing an environment in which all students who participate in College programs and activities can work together in an atmosphere free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, or violence.Sexual violence and sex harassment are prohibited by law and by Board policy and the Colleges will not tolerate sexual violence or sex harassment in any form, including, but not limited to, sexual assault; stalking; dating violence; domestic violence; acquaintance, date or stranger rape; non-consensual sexual intercourse; sexual cyber harassment or sexual bullying.Consent: Positive cooperation in the act or expressing intent to engage in the act.The person must act freely and voluntarily and have knowledge of the nature of the act or transaction involved.Domestic violence includes patterns of abusive behavior in relationships used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. §28-323, domestic assault occurs when a person (a) intentionally and knowingly causes bodily injury to his or her intimate partner, (b) threatens an intimate partner with imminent bodily injury; or, (c) threatens an intimate partner in a menacing manner.Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. Intimate partner means a spouse; a former spouse; persons who have a child in common whether or not they have been married or lived together at any time; and persons who are or were involved in a dating relationship.Sex Harassment: Sex harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.Sex harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Individuals are presumed innocent unless proven responsible, and will also be referred to appropriate services for assistance.A student alleged to have committed sexual violence or sex harassment can be disciplined under the Code of Student Conduct and/or prosecuted under Nebraska criminal statutes.Additional Board Policies, Employee Handbooks and Collective Bargaining Agreements, also apply to employees alleged to have committed sexual violence or sex harassment.The Colleges have a responsibility to respond to reports of sexual violence or sex harassment and attend to the needs of the students who are involved.Reports of sexual violence and sex harassment are taken with the utmost seriousness, and the student will be promptly referred to the appropriate persons or resources for assistance.Dating violence can be physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse.Domestic Violence: Domestic violence shall mean felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse 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, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws 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.Michelle Zych, Executive Director for the Women’s Fund of Omaha, says everything the Women’s Fund does is rooted in research and best practices.She says researchers connected with service agencies in Omaha and Lincoln and reached out to them to ask if there was anyone who was available to talk to them who had this experience."From those conversations, the researchers developed themes that came through and that’s what you see in the findings is these themes the survivors talked about.So while everybody has an individual story, you could definitely pick up on some commonalities around things they were suggesting to address especially around awareness and services.” The key findings and recommendations can be summed up in the “3Ps” paradigm: identify strategies to prevent sex trafficking, provide protection and support for survivors and prosecute perpetrators to reduce the demand for sex trafficking. There is a panel discussion at UNO’s Thompson Alumni center on August 17th called "Human Trafficking: Yes, it happens in Nebraska." The discussion takes place from to 1 and is sponsored by the Women's Leadership Council of the United Way of the Midlands in partnership with the Women's Fund of Omaha.