Student Services

Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment


Title IX Sex Discrimination in Educational Institutions

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in an educational institution.  It applies in all aspects of education including academic programs, financial assistance, athletics and more.  The sex discrimination prohibition includes sexual harassment and sexual violence.  It states in part:

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. 20 U.S.C. § 1681.

This page provides information and resources regarding the important issues of sexual violence and sexual harassment.  It also contains contact information for persons who can assist in the unlikely event that you should experience or observe this on the MCTC campus.

MCTC, MnSCU and the U.S. Government take the issues of sexual violence and sexual harassment very seriously. In fact, in January 2014, the White House Task Force to Protect Student from Sexual Assault was formed. The Task Force submitted its first report regarding the topic, called Not Alone, in April 2014. The report may be accessed at

Sexual Violence

1 in 4 women and 1 in 17 men will be victims of attempted or completed sexual violence while in college (National Institute of Justice).

Things we wish everybody knew*: 

  • Sexual assault happens
  • Offenders are often “regular guys”
  • False reports are not common
  • Alcohol will more likely than not be involved
  • Victims may not call it rape
  • Trauma responses vary
  • There is no typical victim

*Adapted from Minnesota Coalition against Sexual Assault (MnCASA), Sexual Violence Justice Institute, Understanding the Dynamics of Sexual Assault on Campus

MCTC Policy Statement

Sexual violence is an intolerable intrusion into the most personal and private rights of an individual, and is prohibited at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is committed to eliminating sexual violence in all forms and will take appropriate remedial action against any individual found responsible for acts in violation of this policy. Acts of sexual violence may also constitute violations of criminal or civil law, or other Board Policies that may require separate proceedings. To further its commitment against sexual violence, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities provides reporting options, an investigative and disciplinary process, and prevention training or other related services as appropriate.

MCTC Policy 2.08, Part 1

What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence is, as defined by MCTC and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), “a continuum of conduct that includes sexual assault, non-forcible sex acts, dating and relationship violence, stalking, as well as aiding acts of sexual violence.”

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault includes a number of sexual acts or attempted acts done, without consent. It also includes acts that don’t require touching such as indecent exposure and voyeurism. The full policy is available here.

What is consent?

Consent is informed, freely given and mutually understood. Among other things, there is no consent if the victim is coerced, intimidated, threatened or physical force is used. Likewise, there is no consent if the victim is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired (including impairment due to alcohol, drugs, sleep or unconsciousness). The full policy is available here.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment is covered in the college’s non-discrimination policy.  Read the full policy.

MCTC Policy Statement

Minneapolis Community and Technical College is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. In addition, discrimination in employment based on membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law is prohibited.

Harassment on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression is prohibited. Harassment may occur in a variety of relationships, including faculty and student, supervisor and employee, student and student, staff and student, employee and employee, and other relationships with persons having business at, or visiting the educational or working environment.

What kind of conduct is covered by the policy?

This policy is directed at verbal or physical conduct that constitutes discrimination/harassment under state and federal law and is not directed at the content of speech. In cases in which verbal statements and other forms of expression are involved, Minneapolis Community and Technical College will give due consideration to an individual's constitutionally protected right to free speech and academic freedom. However, discrimination and harassment are not within the protections of academic freedom or free speech.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College shall maintain and encourage full freedom, within the law, of expression, inquiry, teaching and research. Academic freedom comes with a responsibility that all members of our education community benefit from it without intimidation, exploitation or coercion.


Retaliation against anyone filing a complaint or participating in a complaint investigation, is prohibited by MCTC and MnSCU policy. Individuals who violate this policy shall be subject to disciplinary or other corrective action. Read the full policy.

To whom do the policies apply?

All individuals affiliated with Minneapolis Community and Technical College, including but not limited to:

  • Students
  • Employees
  • Applicants
  • Volunteers
  • Agents 
  • Board of Trustees

Contacts and resources

Who do I contact if I have experienced sexual violence or sexual harassment on campus or involving MCTC?

Student contact

Maya Sullivan
Interim Director Student Support Services & Compliance


Employee contact

Dianna Cusick
Chief Human Resources Officer and Director of Legal Affairs


Public Safety

For immediate concerns or emergencies while on campus please contact Public Safety

Public Safety, R.3100*

*The public safety desk is located on the parking ramp side of the T building skyway.


If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, you may contact counseling and schedule an appointment at 612-659-6709 or the Student Health Clinic at 612-626-4828.

Additionally, you may find these resources helpful. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list and appearance on the list does indicate a recommendation by MCTC.