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Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment


Title IX Sex Discrimination in Educational Institutions

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.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in an educational institution. 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.

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 www.notalone.gov.

Required Training

One way to ensure that our students become aware of the importance of the topics of sexual violence and sexual harassment, is by having a required training. All MCTC students are required to take a training regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. This training is called PETSA (Personal Empowerment to Self Awareness). Training must be completed within the first 10 days of the term for those who have not yet taken it.

Fall 2016 PETSA training is on Friday, September 2, 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions about PETSA

  1. Where and when do I take PETSA?

    The training is completed online. You will find the course listed in your courses section of D2L Brightspace.
  1. Do I have to take PETSA every year?

    No. It is only required that our students complete this training one time while they are attending MCTC or another Minnesota State college or university.
  1. I took a different training related to sexual violence and/or sexual harassment somewhere else. Do I still have to take PETSA?

    Yes. To ensure that students receive a consistent message, MCTC requires that all of our students complete PETSA specifically. Other Minnesota State colleges or universities may not have this requirement.
  1. I took PETSA at MCTC or another Minnesota State College and University system institution. Do I have to take it again?

    Students who have taken PETSA at MCTC or another Minnesota State College and University system institution do not have to take it again. If you have taken it before, please notify us of this at TitleIXCoordinator@minneapolis.edu and include documentation.
  1. Is this training just an MCTC requirement?

    No. Every college or university that received federal funding must have a similar training. Starting this fall, Minnesota law requires that the same institutions require training of all students (not just new students).
  1. I only take online courses. Do I still have to take PETSA?

    Yes. All students enrolled for credit, with limited exception, must complete the training. This includes online students.
  1. What happens if I do not complete PETSA by the deadline?

    Students who fail to complete the training may receive registration holds, suspension of printing privileges, limited access to course materials, etc.
  1. What if have other questions about the PETSA training topics?

    If you have questions about these topics, other than what the training covers, please email the Title IX Coordinator at TitleIXCoordinator@minneapolis.edu.
  1. I am having technical difficulties with PETSA, e.g. not listed in my courses, not loading correctly, etc. What should I do?

    If you are having technical difficulty, please contact IT Services for assistance. Our Title IX Coordinator is not able to assist with technical issues.
  1. Will there be other opportunities to learn about this topic throughout the year?

    Yes. Our Title IX Coordinator and others with knowledge of the topic will be providing other education and awareness about this topic and related topics throughout the academic year. Some upcoming related events are below, but stay tuned for other options:

    • Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Student Success Day, session: “I didn’t know THAT was Sexual Harassment or Sexual Violence! This is an interactive opportunity for students to learn more about sexual harassment and sexual violence. Look for this session in the Student Success Day materials.
    • Monday, October 24, 2016Domestic Violence, Bullying and Sexual Exploitation Day Event – Sponsored by Student Support Center (includes Title IX Coordinator). Resource fair from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in T Building Skyway. Program and presentation from 1–3 p.m. in T.1400.
  1. Are there are students that do not have to take PETSA?

    Yes. Students who are not enrolled for credit do not have to take this course. This includes auditing and concurrent enrollment students. This does not exempt PSEO students. PSEO students are required to complete PETSA.

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.

Reference: 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. View the full policy

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). View the full policy

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

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