Sexual Violence – 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.

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Equity in Athletics

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act requires post-secondary institutions who receive federal funding and have an intercollegiate athletic program to prepare and submit an annual report on athletic participation, staffing, and revenues and expenses, by men’s and women’s teams to the U.S. Department of Education. The information in individual report assists the Department of Education in preparing their required report to Congress on gender equity in intercollegiate athletics.

Review the College’s 2020-2021 Equity in Athletics Report

Sexual Violence 

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 is 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. Sexual Violence occurs when an individual is forced, coerced, or manipulated into unwanted sexual activity against his or her will or when an individual is incapable to give consent due to being underage, having an illness or disability, or being incapacitated due to alcohol or other drugs.

Understanding Affirmative Consent: Yes Means Yes

Affirmative Consent is required under Minnesota State Board Policy 1B.3 and states that,
“consent is informed, freely given, and mutually understood willingness to participate in
sexual activity that is expressed by clear, unambiguous, and affirmative words or actions. It is
the responsibility of the person who wants to engage in sexual activity to ensure that the other
person has consented to engage in the sexual activity. Consent must be present throughout
the entire sexual activity and can be revoked at any time. If coercion, intimidation, threats,
and/or physical force are used, there is no consent. If the complainant is mentally or physically
incapacitated or impaired so that the complainant cannot understand the fact, nature, or
extent of the sexual situation, there is no consent; this includes conditions due to alcohol or
drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious. A lack of protest, absence of resistance, or
silence alone does not constitute consent, and past consent of sexual activities does not imply
ongoing future consent. The existence of a dating relationship between the people involved
or the existence of a past sexual relationship does not prove the presence of, or otherwise
provide the basis for, an assumption of consent. Whether the respondent has taken advantage
of a position of influence over the complainant may be a factor in determining consent.”

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

On Campus

Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities/ Title IX Coordinator*
Rebecca Peine
Office: CC401
Phone: 507-285-7195

Chief Human Resources Officer/Deputy Title IX Coordinator / Affirmative Action Officer
Office: EA201
Phone: 507-285-7183
Web: HR Policies

Campus Safety
Scott McCullough
Office: CF102
Phone: 507-285-7262
E-mail: Scott McCullough

RCTC Counseling Services (confidential)
Deb Vang
Office: SS137
Phone: 507-285-7260

Student Health Services (confidential)
Katie Swegarden, RN
Office: HS140
Phone: 507-285-7261

Off Campus

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

Family Service Rochester (confidential)
1110 6th Street, NW
Rochester, MN  55901
Business Phone: 507-287-2010

More Information

If You Have Been Assaulted:

National Hotline
1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

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 Minnesota State Board Policy 1B.3, Sexual Violence Policy, is also encouraged to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, Rebecca Peine, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, CC401, Rochester Community and Technical College. Telephone 507-285-7195 or e-mail:

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).