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Bullying and Cyber-bullying

Bullying in Nevada law is defined under NRS 388.122 means a willful act or course of conduct on the part of one or more students which is not authorized by law and which exposes a student repeatedly and over time to one or more negative actions which is highly offensive to a reasonable person and is intended to cause and actually causes the student to suffer harm or serious emotional distress. Bullying and Cyber-bullying may be a violation if it's sufficiently serious that it creates a hostile environment. It often includes comments about race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or disability. Under Nevada law this includes NRS 388.123 Cyber-bullying which is defined as bullying through the use of electronic communication. Bullying fosters a climate of fear and disrespect that can seriously impair the physical and psychological health of its victims and create conditions that negatively affect learning, thereby undermining the ability of students to achieve their full potential (U.S. Dept. of Education).

Great Basin College subscribes to the dictates of Nevada law and NSHE regulations regarding hate crimes, harassment and bullying. The college has a zero tolerance policy regarding crimes against members of the campus community.

At Great Basin College bullying and cyber-bullying, like any other hate crimes, should be reported by students or employees immediately. Anyone who is a victim or is aware of bullying against another should report the situation to the Center Director, the Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Security at 775-753-2115 or the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Title IX Coordinator at 775-753-2282.


Hazing has no place within a community of scholars. The NSHE affirms its opposition to any form of hazing, NSHE Code, Title 4, Chapter 20, Section 6. NSHE institutions advocate civility in society and an adherence to the fundamental principles of honesty, integrity, respect, fairness, development of 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 at any public institution of higher education in the State of Nevada. For more information and reporting procedure, call 775-753-2282.

Hazing activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • 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;
  • Any situation which subjects the individual to extreme stress, such as sleep deprivations, 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
  • Any expectations or commands that force individuals to engage in an illegal act and/or willful destruction or removal of public or private property.

Hate Crimes Policy

A hate crime is defined in Nevada law as a crime listed under NRS 193.1675 or NRS 207.185 against another person which is motivated by virtue of the victim’s actual or perceived race, religion, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, military status, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, or genetic information. For inquires, 775-753-2115. Hate crimes are particularly repugnant to the mission of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and detrimental to the responsibility of NSHE to provide a safe environment for education, research, and service for the NSHE Community. (NSHE Title 4 Chapter 1, Section 30).

Great Basin College subscribes to the dictates of Nevada law and NSHE regulations regarding hate crimes. GBC has a zero tolerance policy regarding crimes against members of the campus community.

At Great Basin College, hate crimes like any other crime, should be reported by students or employees immediately. The Campus Safety web pages provide directions on how and when to report a crime including calling 911 to contact the police department or county sheriff in order to file a criminal report. It is the policy of the Great Basin College security department that all major crimes including hate crimes should be reported to the local police department to file a complaint.

For More Information Contact

Patricia Anderson
Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Security
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Why Great Basin College

Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 3,800 students are enrolled online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!

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