1.5 Sexual Violence Policy

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 (MnSCU). Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) 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 ATCC or MnSCU Board policies that may require separate proceedings. To further its commitment against sexual violence, MnSCU provides reporting options, an investigative and disciplinary process, and prevention training or other related services as appropriate.

As part of the larger community, Alexandria Technical and Community College is subject to, abides by, and supports Minnesota state statutes and local ordinances regarding criminal sexual conduct, including the Minnesota State College's and University's Sexual Violence Policy, which can be viewed at www.mnscu.edu/board/policy/1b03.html. Other policies, such as Student Code of Conduct and employment contracts, may apply.

Sexual violence has no place in a learning or work environment and is prohibited. Further, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities shall work to achieve zero tolerance of violence in all its forms. This policy includes, but is not limited to, ATCC's students and employees.

Notice of Complainant Options

Following a report of sexual violence the complainant shall be promptly notified of:

  1. Where and how to obtain immediate medical assistance; complainants should be informed that timely reporting and a medical examination within 72 hours are critical in preserving evidence of sexual assault and proving a criminal or civil case against a perpetrator. Complainants should be told, however, that they may report incidents of sexual violence at any time.
  2. Where and how to report incidents of sexual violence to local law enforcement officials, and/or appropriate ATCC contacts for employees, students and others. Such contacts should be identified by name, location and phone number for 24-hour availability, as applicable.
  3. Resources for where and how complainants may obtain on- or off-campus counseling, mental health or other support services.

Notice of Complainant Rights

Complainants shall be notified of the following:

  1. Their right to file criminal charges with local law enforcement officials in sexual assault cases;
  2. Rights under the crime victims bill of rights, Minnesota Statutes Sections 611A.01 – 611A.06, including the right to assistance from the Crime Victims Reparations Board and the commissioner of public safety;
  3. Availability of prompt assistance from campus officials, upon request, in notifying the appropriate campus investigating authorities and law enforcement officials, and, at the direction of law enforcement authorities, assistance in obtaining, securing and maintaining evidence in connection with a sexual violence incident;
  4. Assistance available from campus authorities in preserving for a sexual violence complainant materials relating to a campus disciplinary proceeding;
  5. That complaints of incidents of sexual violence made to campus security authorities shall be promptly and appropriately investigated and resolved;
  6. That, at a sexual assault complainant's request, ATCC may take action to prevent unwanted contact with the alleged assailant, including, but not limited to, transfer of the complainant and/or the respondent to alternative classes, or a work site, if such alternatives are available and feasible.

Sexual Violence Prevention and Education

Campus-wide training. ATCC shall offer an annual sexual violence training program to students and employees to promote the awareness of sexual violence offenses, including sexual violence prevention measures and procedures for responding to incidents. These educational programs shall emphasize the importance of preserving evidence for proof of a criminal offense. ATCC develops educational programs, brochures, posters and other means of information to decrease the incidence of sexual violence and advise individuals of the legal and other options available if they are the complainants of an incident or they learn of such an incident.

Each employee is required to complete a sexual harassment training module as part of their new employee training process.

Training for individuals charged with decision making authority. ATCC provides appropriate training and other resources to individuals charged with decision making responsibilities under applicable procedures in order to facilitate a fair, respectful and confidential procedure on allegations of sexual violence in accordance with this and other applicable policies, procedures and laws.

Approved by: ATCC Leadership
Effective Date: 7/10/12
Last Date Revised: 6/13/12