Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment

Title IX Sex Discrimination in Educational Institutions

NOTICE:

On September 22, 2017, the United Stated Department of Education announced it would withdraw previous guidance regarding issues involving sexual harassment and sexual violence (otherwise known as Title IX) on college campuses. The previous guidance provided colleges with some specific steps to take in these situations as well as a specific standard of proof. 

Despite the recent announcement, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (Minneapolis College) and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities continue to be fully committed to providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students, staff, faculty and others in our community. Sexual violence is an intolerable act committed against an individual that intrudes into the most personal and private rights of the victim. It is prohibited at all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Minneapolis College reaffirms its commitment to eliminating issues relating to sexual harassment and sexual violence and will take appropriate action against any individual found responsible for such acts. The College will continue to provide a method for reporting issues involving sexual harassment, sexual violence and other related behaviors. Should you or someone you know, within the Minneapolis College community, experience sexual harassment or sexual violence involving another Minneapolis College member or on campus, you may report it on the following webpage.

For additional information about receiving counseling or other support stemming from such an experience, please contact the Counseling Department at 612-659-6709, visit the Counseling webpage or contact a provider through the Boynton Health Service Clinic webpage.

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 Minneapolis College 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.

Minneapolis College, Minnesota State 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 the Department of Justice Archives.

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 Minneapolis College 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.

Summer 2018 trainings must be completed by Tuesday, June 12, 2018 .

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

Minneapolis College 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: Minneapolis College Policy 2.08, Part 1

What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence is, as defined by Minneapolis College and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State), “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

Minneapolis College 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

Retaliation against anyone filing a complaint or participating in a complaint investigation, is prohibited by Minneapolis College and Minnesota State 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