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Responding to Sexual Misconduct

UMC Contacts

Lisa Samuelson
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
Title IX Coordinator
218-281-8507

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) prohibits sexual misconduct in any form. UMC recognizes that sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence are attacks not only on a person's body but also on the person's dignity. Learn more on how the University of Minnesota defines those terms (U of M Policy).

UMC is committed to providing students and members of the University community with tools to prevent sexual misconduct from occurring.

This "Responding to Sexual Misconduct" website is designed to be a resource for students, faculty, and staff on issues related to sexual misconduct.

Title IX inquires and complaints should be directed to the campus Title IX Coordinator, Lisa Samuelson, any responsible employee or reported online.

Sexual Misconduct, Title IX & Stalking Reporting Form

Victim's Rights Brochure (2018) PDF File Icon

What to do: You Set The Pace

What to do: You Set The Pace

You set the pace...A person who experiences an incident of sexual misconduct has a number of options to consider.

What to know

  • You set the pace.
  • You have the right to choose who you will speak to, what resources you will use, what you will say and when you will say it.
  • There are many resources available to you, both on campus and off campus (see above).
  • It is your choice whether to name the other person(s) involved in the incident.
  • Your information will be kept private and only shared with those who need to know.
  • UMC will carefully consider your request for confidentiality. The University supports your well-being as well as the well-being and safety of our University and Crookston communities.
  • You do not have to make any decisions immediately, but if there is a chance you might pursue a criminal investigation, it is important to preserve evidence (see below).

For sexual assault or rape: If able, please do not change or shower. If you do remove items of clothing, place them in a paper (not plastic) bag. If oral contact took place, try not to smoke, eat, drink, or brush your teeth. Consider seeking a health care provider who will be able to check you for injuries, talk to you about possible pregnancy concerns and/or sexually transmitted infections, and collect evidence. It is important that an exam is completed within 120 hours of the assault.

Completing a sexual assault exam preserves evidence for reporting an assault to law enforcement. You do not need to make a decision immediately on whether to make a report to law enforcement at the time of the exam. This exam would be kept confidential if/until you would want to report the assault to law enforcement.

Support: You're not alone

Support: You're not alone

You're not alone...A person who experiences an incident of sexual misconduct has a number of options for help and support.

Emergencies

If you or someone you know are in a life-threatening situation, contact the police immediately by calling 911. Get to a safe place as soon as possible.

Confidential Support

Off campus you can contact Community Health Service Inc.  This resource is free and completely confidential.  They staff individuals who have been trained in assisting a person who experiences an incident of sexual misconduct make informed decisions.

Community Health Service Inc.
(218) 281-3552 or 24-hour crisis line (800) 342-7756
310 S. Broadway, Crookston, MN

Contact UMC Counseling Services, another free and completely confidential resource available to students.

UMC Counseling Services
(218) 281-8348 or 8571
245 Sargeant Student Center
berge361@crk.umn.edu
menar021@crk.umn.edu

UMC Counseling Services helps victims/survivors by:

  • Providing information in a safe, supportive atmosphere in which to share their experiences
  • Encouraging expression of thoughts and feelings about what happened
  • Processing emotions related to the experience and in making decisions about who to tell and where to get support
  • Discussing options available regarding reporting of the incident
  • Referral to community resources (if needed/requested) for medical and/or legal concerns
  • Helping to manage school responsibilities in a time of crisis; may recommend changes to academic program or housing arrangements
  • Assisting to regain control over their lives
  • Providing ongoing therapy as needed

Employees may contact the Employee Assistance Program

Employee Assistance Program
(888) 243-5744 or (612) 625-2820

Medical Support

Crookston’s local hospital is Riverview Healthcare Association also provides support for people who have experienced an incident of sexual assault or relationship violence.

Riverview Healthcare Association
(218) 281-9200
323 S. Minnesota St. Crookston

A sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) trained in forensic evidence collection will be present in the emergency room. The exam should be completed within 120 hours from the time of the assault. There is no charge for victims/survivors to receive a forensic medical examination. Treatment of injuries or other services not listed below may not be covered; however, advocates are available to assist in seeking victim reparations to cover these charges. A SANE nurse will help the victim/survivor by:

  • Providing complete medical exams
  • Providing appropriate treatment, including pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, and STD/HIV prevention medication
  • Collecting evidence

UMC Student Health offers a number of medical services for UMC students.

UMC Health Services
218-281-8512
145F Sargeant Student Center
sgrunewa@crk.umn.edu

UMC Student Health does not collect evidence but will help the victim/survivor by:

  • Providing emergency contraception
  • Providing appropriate treatment, to include pregnancy testing and STD treatment
  • Making a referral to counseling (with the victim/survivor's permission)
  • Making a referral to a local hospital (with the victim/survivor's permission)

Reporting: You have options

Reporting: You have options

You have options...There are a number of reporting options available to a victim/survivor of sexual misconduct. Contact information for making a report to the UMC Office of Student Conduct:

Lisa Samuelson - UMC Title IX Coordinator

Retaliation against an individual for having made a report of sexual misconduct is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action. Reports of retaliation will be reviewed and investigated in the same manner in which other allegations of misconduct are handled.

Law Enforcement

What happens if I report to law enforcement?
You can expect that the officer you talk to will:

      • meet with you privately or at place of your choosing to make a report

      • not release your name to the public or press (crime statistics and incidents are public record, but identifying information is withheld)

      • provide information on available options (to include assistance with accommodations)

      • not judge you

      • treat you and your particular case with courtesy, sensitivity, dignity, understanding, and professionalism

      • do their best to accommodate your request and preference for a male or female officer

      • assist you in receiving hospital, medical, counseling, and other support services, even if you choose not to pursue criminal charges

      • fully investigate your case and will help you to achieve the best outcome (this may involve the arrest and full prosecution of the suspect and you will be kept informed of the progress of the investigation and/or prosecution)

      • consider your case seriously, regardless of your gender and sexual orientation, and regardless of the gender and sexual orientation of the suspect(s)

Confidential Reporting Options

What happens if I report to a confidential resource?
You can expect that the person you talk to will:

    • listen to your story and validate your experiences
    • provide information on available options (to include assistance with accommodations)
    • advocate on your behalf
    • make referrals to other agencies or offices (with your permission)

Non-Confidential Reporting Options

  • The UMC Office of Student Conduct receives reports of sexual misconduct involving students. Reports may be made in person (Lisa Samuelson, 145-J Sargeant Student Center) or online.
  • Both the Student Conduct and Human Resources online reporting forms provide the ability to report anonymously.
  • Reports may also be made to any University employee. Under the University of Minnesota Administrative Policy: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence (Section II), all employees (with the exception of those that are confidential employees, as listed above) are obligated to share reports of sexual misconduct with Student Conduct 
  • UMC Responsible Employees also may receive reports of sexual misconduct
  • Polk County Coordinated Victims Services (PCCVS) is an off-campus resource who can help explain reporting options, the criminal justice process and steps to beginning moving forward after an assault.

What happens if I report to a non-confidential resource?
You can expect that the person you talk to will:

    • encourage you to contact PCCVS or Community Health (or another victim/survivor services provider), and offer to contact them on your behalf
    • assist you in finding the services you need (counseling, medical care, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid, and other services)
    • assist you by arranging for accommodations and protective measures
    • residence modifications
    • academic modifications
    • work schedule modifications for on-campus employment
    • student activities modifications
    • transportation modifications
    • encourage you to report the incident to the police, and assist you in making the report if requested
    • conduct a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation
    • make appropriate referrals to the appropriate disciplinary process

Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures

Understanding the University of Minnesota definitions for various forms of sexual misconduct PDF File Icon is important. There are several relevant University policies prohibiting sexual misconduct.

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents Policy

Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence PDF File Icon includes the scope of the policy, definitions, guiding principles, implementation, and monitoring.

The policy states:
All University members are prohibited from engaging in, or assisting or abetting another’s engagement in, sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, stalking, and related retaliation (collectively “prohibited conduct”).

The University of Minnesota Administrative Policy

Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence, provides details about University policy and related procedures. The following topics are addressed in the administrative policy.

    • reporting
    • how reports are addressed
      • accommodations and protective measures
      • informal resolution
      • formal resolution
    • sanctions
    • amnesty
    • privacy and confidentiality
    • reporting retaliation concerns
    • recordkeeping
    • training

Student Conduct Code

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code PDF File Icon prohibits sexual misconduct in Section IV, Subd. 8. (and refers to the two policies above).

Procedures related the Student Conduct Code:

Investigation Procedures/Student’s Rights & Responsibilities

Investigation Procedures/Student’s Rights & Responsibilities

UMC is committing to investigating any report of sexual misconduct (sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence) made to the Office of Student Conduct. After the investigation is completed, there are established processes for working through a finding or a charge of responsibility for violating the University's policies on sexual misconduct.

Rights & Responsibilities

The University will protect the rights of all parties involved to the best of its ability. The rights of parties involved include, but are not limited to, the following:

Shared Rights: All parties have the right to:

  • have the incident taken seriously and to be treated with dignity
  • have an advocate or support person with them in a non-participatory role during all meetings or hearings
  • receive referrals for confidential medical and counseling services and other support systems
  • have the report investigated and responded to in a timely manner, and
  • an opportunity to tell their side of the story (share your perspective)

Respondents (individuals accused of an alleged sexual assault policy violation) have the right to:

  • know the name of the complainant–but they do not have the right to confront their accuser by any method (e.g., in person, phone, text message, e-mail, etc.)
  • a hearing of the allegations against them
  • be informed that they may appeal a sanction imposed by the hearing party, and
  • have their case reviewed by the Appeals Panel.

Complainants (individuals who experienced an alleged sexual assault policy violation) have the right to:

  • make a choice about filing a formal police report (in other words, complainants will not be coerced or forced to file a formal police report)
  • a hearing after the initial investigation has been completed
  • be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary outcome of a sexual misconduct complaint
  • receive information on victim/survivor advocate support
  • be notified of options/accommodations for changing academic and living situations, and
  • appeal the decision of the hearing party (sex or gender situations only)

Title IX

Title IX

Title IX is a federal law that states:

"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."

 Title IX prohibits:

  • sex discrimination in access to or delivery of any university academic or non-academic program or services
  • sex discrimination in all recruitment and employment decisions and actions
  • all forms of sexual misconduct, to include sexual assault, rape, and sexual harassment

Title IX inquires and complaints should be directed to the campus Title IX Coordinator, Lisa Samuelson, samue026@umn.edu or 218-281-8507, any responsible employee or reported online.

"It's On Us" Videos

"It's On Us" Videos

UMC's It's On Us Pledge to Stop Sexual Assault