Sexual Misconduct Resources

Dean of Students

Members of the Gustavus Adolphus College community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from sexual violence, which includes sexual misconduct.

The Student Sexual Misconduct Policy applies to all students including both students who experience or are accused of sexual misconduct. Students who wish to bring a sexual harassment grievance against a faculty or staff member or student will use the College Policy Against Harassment.

Student Sexual Misconduct PolicyCollege Policy Against Harassment

Faculty and staff who experience sexual misconduct by a student and who wish to pursue a claim against the student, will use the process outlined in the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.

All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The College has a zero tolerance policy for sexual misconduct. When an allegation of sexual misconduct is brought to an appropriate administrator’s attention, and an accused student is found to have violated this policy, serious sanctions will be used to reasonably ensure that such actions are never repeated. 

 


Students who wish to report or discuss sexual misconduct incidents should be aware that employees on campus have different reporting responsibilities and different abilities to maintain confidentiality or privacy, depending on their roles at the College. Confidentiality and privacy offer two different levels of protection for information a student shares. Staff who are considered confidential generally would only share information if there was imminent risk to self or others. Staff who are private can share information with others on a “need to know basis,” which is a lower threshold than confidential sources. More detail is provided below on who are confidential or private resources.

If you are unsure of someone’s duties and ability to maintain your privacy, ask them before you talk to them. They will be able to tell you, and help you make decisions about who can help you best. If your personally identifiable information is shared, it will only be shared as necessary with as few people as possible, and all efforts will be made to protect your privacy.

There are three options to seek support and/or to make a report. Depending on the desired outcome, a student may choose one of the following options:

  • Seek support from those who can maintain complete confidentiality
  • Make a formal report to the College (the College will act)
  • Seek support from those who can maintain privacy, but not complete confidentiality

Seek Support from Those Who Can Maintain Complete Confidentiality

A student who desires that details of the incident be kept confidential should speak with the following individuals:

  • Advocates with the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), 507-933-6868
  • Counselors with the Gustavus Counseling Center, 507-933-7027
  • Health professionals with the Gustavus Health Service, 507-933-7630
  • Off-campus rape crisis resources who can maintain confidentiality, 800-630-1425
  • Campus chaplains, 507-933-7446

Staff from these units can offer confidentiality, sharing options and advice without any obligation to tell anyone unless the student wants them to.

Counselors from the Gustavus Counseling Center are available to help free of charge, and can be seen on an emergency basis during normal business hours.

Make a Formal Report to the College (the College will act)

A student who wishes that a complaint or concern regarding sexual misconduct perpetrated by a student be investigated should make a formal report to the Dean of Students (507-933-7526).

A student also has the right to report the incident to the College Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators. To locate the names of these individuals contact: the Dean of Students Office (507-933-7526), the Office of the Provost (507-933-7541), or the Human Resources Department (507-933-7304).

A student may make formal reports of sexual misconduct incidents to other College officials. These officials include the President, vice presidents, all faculty, all administrators, deans or program directors, professional Residential Life Staff, Campus Safety, human resources, department chairs and interdisciplinary program directors, staff who are supervising off-campus programs or trips, and staff who supervisors student employees. The College considers these people to be “mandated reporters.” Notice to them is official notice to the institution. When any of these individuals receive a report of sexual misconduct, they will be required to take action by immediately referring the incident to the Dean of Students.

The College takes incidents of sexual misconduct seriously when formally reported, and will investigate and resolve incidents through administrative procedures. Formal reporting means that only people who need to know will be told, and information will be shared only as necessary with investigators, witnesses, and the accused individual.

Seek Support from Those Who Can Maintain Privacy, But Not Complete Confidentiality

A student can seek advice from other members of the Gustavus community not listed above. These individuals are required to report to the Dean of Students that an incident occurred but are not required to tell the reporter’s private, personally identifiable information unless there is cause for fear for their safety, or the safety of others. These are individuals who the College has not specifically designated as “mandated reporters” for purposes of putting the institution on notice.These people include those without supervisory responsibility or remedial authority to address sexual misconduct,

If you are unsure of someone’s duties and ability to maintain your privacy, ask them before you talk to them. They will be able to tell you, and help you make decisions about who can help you best. If your personally identifiable information is shared, it will only be shared as necessary with as few people as possible, and all efforts will be made to protect your privacy.