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Title IX - Sexual Violence and Sexual Misconduct
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal civil rights 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.
The Department of Education’s regulation implementing Title IX also specifically prohibits discrimination against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions. The Title IX regulation also prohibits a school from applying any rule related to a student’s parental, family, or marital status that treats students differently based on their sex.
Sexual Violence and Sexual Misconduct
Sexual violence and other forms of sexual misconduct 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). The Minnesota State system and Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) are 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 and RCTC provides reporting options, an investigative and disciplinary process, and prevention training or other related services as appropriate.
What is Sexual Violence?
Sexual violence occurs when someone is forced, coerced, or manipulated into unwanted sexual activity against his or her will or when a person is incapable to give consent due to being underage, having an illness or disability, or being incapacitated due to alcohol or other drugs. Consent can be initially given, and then later withdrawn.
Sexual Violence includes:
Definition of Consent: Consent is informed, freely given and mutually understood.
What is Sexual Misconduct?
In addition to sexual violence, sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment and other conduct that discriminates on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression.
What if I am a victim/survivor or if I witness sexual misconduct?
If you are a victim/survivor of sexual violence or sexual misconduct the VERY FIRST thing to do is get to a safe location and seek medical attention. You should call 911 immediately in cases of emergency. Preserve evidence of any assault by not eating, drinking, smoking, urinating, bathing or showering, douching, brushing your teeth, or changing your clothes. Write down details of the assault to help you remember if and when you file a police report. You may select to have a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit exam if you decide to pursue a criminal investigation, but you MUST get medical care as soon as possible. Second, seek the emotional support and legal resources you need.
Filing a Report with RCTC
Once safe, you can file a report using this link: FILE A REPORT OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT. You can complete a report as a victim/survivor, or as a witness. You also have the choice to file anonymously.
Policies and Procedures
You can find related Minnesota State colleges and universities and RCTC policies, procedures, terms and definitions here: POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Resources for Victims/Survivors
Director of Student Conduct / Deputy Title IX Coordinator
RCTC Counseling Services (confidential)
Deb Vang or Gregg Wright
Phone: (507) 285-7260
Email: Deb.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Regional Diversity Trainer & Investigator
(Title IX, Sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment, Harassment & Discrimination Investigator)
Student Health Services (confidential)
Katie Swegarden, RN
Rochester Police Department
Office: 201 4th Street SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 507-328-2901 or 911 (emergency)
Olmsted County Victim Services (confidential)
151 Fourth Street Southeast
Rochester, MN, 55904-3711
Business Phone: 507-328-7270
Crisis Phone: 507-289-0636
If You Have Been Assaulted http://www.health.state.mn.us/svp/campuskit/?cat_id=25
Not Alone – Together Against Sexual Assault
The White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault
*Any individual who believes she or he has been, or is being, subjected to conduct prohibited by MNSCU Board Policy 1B.3, Sexual Violence Policy, is also encouraged to report the incident to the Affirmative Action Officer, Renee Engelmeyer, Human Resources Office, CF116, Rochester Community and Technical College. Telephone: 507-285-7183 or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sexual Violence Statistics
- 1 in 5 college women will become victims of completed or attempted rape. (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000)
- One-half of all sexual violence crimes involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, the victim, or both.
- Males can also be victims of sexual violence and may be even less likely to report. (Hart & Rennison, 2003)
- Among college women, 9 of 10 victims of rape and sexual assault knew their offenders. (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000)
- The majority of sexual assaults, an estimated 63%, are never reported to the police (Rennison, 2002).