Student Affairs

The Student Affairs office oversees student services and addresses student concerns.

Philosophy and Objectives

Philosophy and Objectives


Student Affairs contributes toward students' educational development by providing programs and services that:

  • Promote students' increased self-understanding and personal development
  • Improve students' understanding of their role and responsibilities to others, to society, and to themselves
  • Assist students to overcome barriers that may prevent them from completing their education
  • Integrate students' classroom and non-classroom living and learning experiences within the University community
  • Promote student understanding of, and appreciation for, a variety of human differences
  • And promote student understanding of the appropriate balance between the needs of students and needs of the broader University community.


Student Affairs has these major objectives:

  • Represent students' interests and needs to the administration and other relevant policy-making bodies of the University
  • Provide efficient administrative services and consumer information services needed for student admission, orientation, registration, and financial assistance
  • Provide a variety of on-campus living and dining options to enable student attendance at the University
  • Provide health care and wellness education and promote healthful living for students
  • Provide services and programs for students with special needs
  • Provide counseling for students with intellectual, emotional, interpersonal, moral, social, and vocational development concerns
  • Provide for the social, athletic, and recreational needs of students
  • Provide security services to maintain a safe and secure living and learning environment
  • Provide educationally relevant non-classroom developmental, service, and leadership opportunities
  • Assist students and student organizations to interact more effectively with the University community
  • Provide a diversity of social opportunities and cultural experiences for all student groups
  • Assist students in clarifying career goals and objectives, exploring options for further study, and in securing employment
  • And serve as creative, collaborative advocates for the optimal learning environment for all.

Departmental Oversight

Reporting Concerns, Complaints & Incidents

Reporting Concerns, Complaints & Incidents

UMC Student Complaint Procedures

Should a student wish to pursue a complaint against another student, a staff member, or the University, the University is willing and obligated to listen. The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) has established procedures to respond to student complaints in a fair and equitable manner.

There are informal and formal procedures to follow to seek resolutions. Most complaints can be resolved with the informal procedure. The University encourages you to attempt to resolve any concerns or complaints with the individual(s) at the lowest level with the informal process and then, if needed, seek formal resolution.

View the UMC Student Complaint Procedures

Types of complaints addressed in the above document:

  • Academic complaints
  • Complaints related to University staff, administrative offices or departments
  • Complaints related to behavior of other students
  • Complaints related to sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence and stalking
  • Student-athlete grievances
  • General student concerns, complaints and grievances
  • Complaints related to consumer, licensure, quality or accreditation issues

Responding to Sexual Misconduct - Title IX - VAWA

Responding to Sexual Misconduct - Title IX - VAWA

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

Title IX

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence (date/acquaintance violence or domestic violence) or stalking related to students and employees. It is most notable as the governing authority over equity of treatment and opportunity for women in athletics. Title IX inquires and complaints should be directed to the campus Title IX Coordinator, Lisa Samuelson, any responsible employee or reported online.

Title IX Policy & Procedures

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Protection & Prevention
Protecting you from sexual and relationship violence — and helping you better understand how to protect yourself and others — is a key campus concern. You should never have to contend with sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking — and we strictly prohibit these crimes. They have no place within our community.

The federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) put new obligations in place for colleges and universities under its Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act provision in 2014. These new regulations are designed, in part, to help prevent sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, while also raising awareness and providing support at every turn. Our campus community is committed to creating a safe environment for all students.

Campus SaVE Act

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act amends existing law to promote campus safety and security. In addition, the Campus SaVE Act requires institutions to have prevention, education, policy, response and crime reporting training for all faculty, staff, and students on sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

To report a violent act of sexual harassment/violence please contact the following:

Emergency Police Assistance
911 or 8911 (8 to get an outside line from a campus phone) for emergencies

Non-Emergency Police Assistance
218-281-3111 (e.g. if not reporting immediately after an incident)

Human Resources/Equal Opportunity

Title IX Coordinator

Residential Hall

Campus Police


Human Resources/Equal Opportunity

Confidential Counseling

  • UMC Counseling Services
    245 Sargeant Student Center
    Tim Menard, Counselor (218-281-8571,
    Christen Schoenborn, Asst. Counselor (218-281-8348)
  • Campus Nurse
    145F Sargeant Student Center
    Stacey Grunewald (218-281-8512,
  • Employee Assistance Program
    The Employee Assistance Program provides confidential professional consultation and referral services to address personal and work concerns.
    612-625-2820 or 888-243-5744
  • Polk County Coordinated Victim Services - Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
    877-625-8092, 24 hr. crisis
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) - service sponsored by Family Advocacy Center of Northern Minnesota
    This service is available 24 hours a day at RiverView’s Emergency Department (218-281-9450) and the nurse at the desk will page the appropriate SANE nurse on call or patients can call RiverView Health at 218-281-9200. For more information on RiverView’s SANE Program, contact April Grunhovd or Christin Pearsy at 218-281-9482 or Aria Trudeau at 218-333-6156.

Victim Rights Brochure PDF File Icon

UMC Title IX Guide PDF File Icon

The University of Minnesota Crookston does not condone these acts of criminal violence. The University has policies and procedures for reporting, investigating, and referring such acts. The University provides training and awareness programs for the campus community. For more information or to report any act of violence or violation of student code of conduct please contact Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Peter Phaiah.

2016 Sexual Assault Data Report

2016 Sexual Assault Data Report

UMC Emergency Notification Methods and Mental Health Emergencies

UMC Emergency Notification Methods and Mental Health Emergencies

UMC Emergency Notification Methods

The safety and security of the University community are among our top priorities. The University has up-to-date emergency plans to effectively and quickly respond to life, health and safety threats. In the event of an emergency you will be given clear information and directions to protect your life, health and safety. Redundant emergency notification will be communicated via:


This text messaging feature allows the campus community to receive emergency notifications from UMC on their cell phones. Students, as well as faculty and staff are encouraged to go to the TXT-U website to update their information, especially cell phone numbers for this service. There is also a link to this site from the UMC’s Today page. Please note that you can sign-up one additional person (i.e. parent, spouse) to also receive notified or you can opt-out of the system.

UMC Website

The University of Minnesota Crookston website will display a banner with emergency notifications.

Tone Alert Radios

Twenty-five (25) tone/audio emergency broadcasting radios are strategically located around camps to alert key individuals who then activate appropriate emergency action plans, as needed.

Emergency Tone & Audio Siren

This exterior siren (high pitch tone alert) and Digital Voice Message or Live Message is used to notify the campus community of an impending emergency. The campus community should seek more details from the above sources and/or University officials providing additional information.

UMC E-mail Messages

This electronic means of communication will be sent to campus Official (students and employees) and Faculty/Staff distribution lists. Initial notification as well as follow-up messages will be sent regarding any emergency situation or official University communications.

Digital Signage (EGG & SSC with 8 new locations)

UMC has installed LCD monitors throughout high traffic areas within buildings and dining services to help communicate campus programs and activities. This system will also be utilized to pass along details of any current health or safety/emergency issues.

Voice Message on Campus Switchboard

Messages will be left on campus telephones and automated attendant at 218-281-6510 (x-6510 from a campus phone)

KROX Radio

This local radio station (AM 1260) works collaboratively with UMC to help notify the University and community of local conditions.

UMC Campus Emergency Closing Policies and Procedures

School cancellation and delayed openings due to inclement weather will be communicated to the UMC community via TXT-U, UMC Website, UMC E-mail Blast, KROX Radio (AM 1260) and television stations WDAZ (Channel 8) and KVLY (Channel 11). More details can be found at UMC Campus Emergency Closing Policies and Procedures

Mental Health Related Emergencies

This document contains emergency phone numbers that may address mental health related emergencies PDF File Icon

Student Handbook and Services

Faculty and Staff Services

Policies and Procedures

Department Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty & Staff

Prin Ofc and Admin Specialist
(218) 281-8572
Interim Assoc Vice Chancellor
(218) 281-8507

Student Affairs

University of Minnesota Crookston

145-J Sargeant Student Center

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

PHONE: 218-281-8505



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