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Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence

Effective Date: May 2001
Last Update: January 2014
Responsible University Officer:
  • Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity
Policy Owner:
  • Director of Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action
Policy Contact:
CONSULTED WITH: University Senate

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POLICY STATEMENT

The University of Minnesota is committed to the safety, dignity and respect of all of its students, staff, faculty, volunteers and visitors. The University prohibits all forms of sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence and provides comprehensive support and reporting mechanisms for all members of the community.

Any individual who believes that they have been subjected to sexual assault and/or relationship violence can report the incident(s) to the police department; victim survivor assistance; and/or internal mechanisms for discipline and dispute resolution, prevention training and other related services. University employees must report incidents of assault or abuse of a child (i.e. under age 18) that they know about or have reason to believe is occurring or occurred to the police. University employees with supervisory or advising responsibilities must report incidents of sexual assault or relationship violence of any staff, faculty or student that they learn about to the appropriate University office.

No one acting on behalf of the University may retaliate against an individual for having made a report in good faith under this policy or having participated in an investigation of a sexual assault. Any individual employee who engages in retaliation may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment. Reports of retaliation will be reviewed and investigated in the same manner in which other allegations of misconduct are handled. This provision aligns with Board of Regents Policy: Code of Conduct.

REASON FOR POLICY

Board of Regents Policies on Sexual Harassment and Safety of Minors prohibit conduct covered by this administrative policy and Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code. Further, this policy implements the Regent's policy in part and establishes procedures for responding to incidents involving sexual assault and relationship violence. The commitment of the entire University community to this policy contributes to our goal of creating a campus free from sexual assault and from other violence that may occur within a personal, intimate relationship.

PROCEDURES

FORMS/INSTRUCTIONS

There are no forms associated with this policy.

APPENDICES

There are no appendices associated with this policy.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS

Subject
Contact
Phone
Fax/Email
Primary Contact(s)
612-624-9547
University of Minnesota - Crookston
Subject
Contact
Phone
Email
For victim/survivor services
Community Violence Intervention Center
or (crisis line for after hours)
218-281-3303
1-888-362-2226
 
To report a possible crime
Crookston police
or on campus
911
218-281-3111
 
To report an alleged violation by a student
Office of Student Affairs
218-281-8505
 
To report an alleged violation by an employee
Human Resources
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action on the Twin Cities Campus
218-281-8345
or 218-281-8346
612-624-9547
 
To report an incident occurring in a residence hall
Residential Life
Counseling Services
Student Health Services
218-281-8531 or
218-281-8533
218-281-8587, or
218-281-8585
218-281-8512
 
University of Minnesota - Duluth
Subject
Contact
Phone
Email
For victim/survivor services
Program Against Violence and Sexual Assault (PAVSA)
Counseling: Health Services
218-726-1931


218-726-7913
 
To report a possible crime
UMD Police - 911
218-726-7000
 
To report an alleged violation by a student
Student Life
218-726-8969
218-726-8501
 
To report an alleged violation by an employee
UMD Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity
218-726-6827
 
For assistance if a university housing student is involved
Housing and Residence Life
UMD Police
218-726-8178
218-726-8768
 
University of Minnesota - Morris
Subject
Contact
Phone
Email
For victim/survivor services
Violence Prevention Program
320-589-6061
 
Student Counseling
 
320-589-6060
 
Someplace Safe
 
800-974-3359
 
Health Services
 
320-589-6070
 
Stevens Community Medical Center
 
320-589-1313
 
To report a possible crime

UMM Campus Police
(evenings, weekends)
911
320-589-6000
320-287-1601
320-589-1155
 
To report an alleged violation by a student
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Life
320-589-6470 (am)
320-589-6060 (pm)
 
To report an alleged violation by an employee
Human Resources/Equal Opportunity
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action on the Twin Cities Campus
320-589-6021
612-624-9547
 
For assistance if a residence hall student is involved
Resident Advisor, Hall Director, or Residential Life
Or UMM Police (see above)
320-589-6475
 
University of Minnesota - Rochester
Subject
Contact
Phone
Email
For victim/survivor services
Crisis Hotline
507-269-4511
 
To report a possible crime
Premier Security
Rochester City Police
507-281-4952
507-285-8300
 
To report an alleged violation by a student
Director of Student Development
507-258-8023
 
To report an alleged violation by an employee
Human Resources
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action on the Twin Cities Campus
507-258-8010
612-624-9547
 
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Subject
Contact
Phone
Email
For victim/survivor services
Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education
    or 24 hour crisis line
Boynton Health Service
   or (after hours recorded info)
Fairview-University Medical Center Emergency Room
University Counseling Services
612-626-2929
612-626-9111
612-625-7800
612-625-8400
612-273-3000
612-624-3323
 
To report a possible crime
UM Police Department
911, or 612-624-3550
 
To report an alleged violation by a student
Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity
612-624-6073
 
To report an alleged violation by an employee
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
612-624-9547
 
For assistance if a residence hall student is involved
Hall director or community advisor
 
 

DEFINITIONS

Consent
Informed, freely and actively given, and mutually understood. If physical force, coercion, intimidation, and/or threats are used, there is no consent. If the victim/survivor is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that the victim/survivor cannot understand the fact, nature or extent of the sexual situation, and the condition was or would be known to a reasonable person, there is no consent. This includes conditions due to alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious.
Relationship Violence
Causing physical harm or abuse, and threats of physical harm or abuse, arising out of a personal, intimate relationship. Relationship violence often is a criminal act that can be prosecuted under Minnesota state law, as well as under the Student Conduct Code and employee discipline procedures.
Sexual Assault
Actual, attempted or threatened sexual contact with another person without that person's consent. Sexual assault often is a criminal act that can be prosecuted under Minnesota state law, as well as under the Student Conduct Code and employee discipline procedures.
Stalking
A course of conduct directed at a specific person that is unwanted, unwelcome, or unreciprocated and that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Counseling Services
Provide counseling services and referrals.
Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Oversight of policy and complaint services, consultation regarding allegations, and in the Twin Cities system office, investigation of allegations against employees and students.
Health Care Services
Provide health care and counseling, and referrals
Housing/Residential Life Offices
Provide assistance to residents, including changing living situations if requested and reasonably available
Police Departments
Investigate allegations for possible criminal prosecution.
Student Conduct Offices
  • Respond to and resolve allegations by students consistent with the Student Conduct Code. This includes advising and sanctioning student offenders when warranted. Some offices, including the Twin Cities campus, will also investigate allegations, unless an appropriate and timely investigation is being conducted by police for use by the student conduct office.
  • Provide resource and guidance for training for University presenters and formal hearing board members and chairs.
Victim/Survivor Services
  • Maintain all contacts and reports as strictly confidential.
  • Provide crisis intervention and advocacy
  • Assist victim/survivor in contacting police and/or reporting to other University offices, if the victim/survivor consents (some can assist in obtaining restraining orders).
  • Assist victim/survivor in obtaining medical assistance and counseling, changing academic programs or housing, etc.
  • Campus-based programs will also provide awareness, prevention and risk-reduction training, and educational programming for students and employees.

RELATED INFORMATION

HISTORY

Amended:
January 2014 - Comprehensive Review, Minor Revision. Emphasizes the reporting of incidents. Aligns the policy with the writing style of other administrative policies.
Amended:
August 2008 - Clarified Policy Statement, Reason, added FAQ, and clarified procedure. Statement now explicitly mentions that stalking is prohibited (previously it mentioned that sexual assault and relationship violence were prohibited.) Title changed to reflect this.
Amended:
July 2004 - Updated contacts section and Police Department instructions in Procedure.
Effective:
May 2001
Supercedes:
1993 Memo on Sexual Assault by Marvalene Hughes.

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