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.

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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.

What is “sexual misconduct”? “Sexual harassment?”

See definitions in the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.

What should I do if I am sexually assaulted?

What are my options to get support and assistance?

A student can talk with trained faculty and staff from the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) who provide confidential support to survivors of sexual assault and other forms of intimate partner violence. A SART member can talk with the survivor 24-hours a day about available options for support and safety. SART can work with a student on the following options:

  • Talking confidentially with a counselor
  • Obtaining medical care from Health Service
  • Creating a campus no contact agreement
  • Reporting the incident to the College for investigation
  • Reporting the incident to the police
  • Receiving assistance for academics
  • Receiving assistance for housing

You can contact SART by calling 507-933-6868.

How do I make a formal complaint regarding sexual misconduct?

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). Notice of a formal complaint can be made orally or in writing to the Dean of Students.

A student also has the right to report the incident to the College Title IX 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).

Can I make a formal report to the College if I go to the Police as well?

The filing of a complaint of sexual misconduct under this Policy is independent of any criminal investigation or proceeding, and the College may choose not to wait for the conclusion of any criminal proceedings to commence its own investigation and take interim measures to protect the complainant and the College community.

Can I report to the Police or to the Office for Civil Rights?

Sexual misconduct incidents may always be reported to the Saint Peter Police Department by the victim. The College reserves the right in certain circumstances to report the incident to the Saint Peter Police Department.

Individuals with complaints of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct also have the right to file a formal complaint with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Discrimination based on sex is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 and is enforced by OCR. A complaint of discrimination can be filed by anyone who believes that an education institution that receives Federal financial assistance has discriminated against someone on the basis of sex, as well as other categories such as race, color, national origin, disability, or age. The person or organization filing the complaint need not be a victim of the alleged discrimination, but may complain on behalf of another person or group. Generally, a complaint must be filed with OCR within 180 calendar days of the last act that the complainant believes was discriminatory. More information can be obtained regarding filing a complaint with OCR at the following link:

What will happen when I make a formal complaint?

Upon receipt of the complaint orally or in writing, the Dean of Students or their designee, (heretofore referred to as the Dean of Students) will meet with the individual alleging sexual harassment or sexual misconduct in order to provide a general understanding of this Policy, to identify forms of support or immediate interventions available to them. The intake meeting may also involve a discussion of any other accommodations concerning the student’s academic, College housing, or College employment arrangements. At the initial intake meeting with the individual bringing forth the complaint, the Dean of Students will seek to determine how they wish to proceed. Options range from not pursuing resolution of any kind to pursuing Formal Resolution. Though the College may elect to pursue a complaint when an individual does not wish to proceed, deference is generally given to the individual’s decision.

If the individual bringing forth the complaint elects to pursue a Formal Resolution, a formal notice will be sent to the accused student outlining the specific charges.

If the individual does not elect to pursue Formal Resolution, the Dean of Students will choose whether or not to further investigate the complaint.

When the individual bringing forth the complaint indicates a desire to pursue Formal Resolution, the Dean of Students will prepare and forward the complaint to a team of two Investigators who will conduct an investigation and create a summary of their findings.

If I decide NOT to bring a formal case forward at this time, can I do so at a later date?

If an individual chooses not to pursue Formal Resolution at one point in time, it does not preclude the individual from choosing to pursue a Formal Resolution at a later date.

What is involved in an investigation?

The Investigators are neutral fact-finders who are faculty and staff specifically trained to investigate sexual misconduct cases and who will typically conduct interviews with the individual bringing forth the complaint, the accused student and any relevant third party witnesses (including expert witnesses, when needed and relevant) and gather evidence as they deem necessary to the case. The Investigators will complete an Investigative Report, which summarizes the interviews and any relevant evidence, and presents their findings addressing whether it is more likely than not that college policy has been violated. Where the investigators deem that there is insufficient evidence to support the allegations, the case will be closed.

Am I entitled to confidentiality when I make a complaint?

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), 507-933-8888
  • 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 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, deans or program directors, Professional Residence Life Staff, Campus Safety, human resources, department chairs and interdisciplinary program directors, and faculty or administrators who are supervising off-campus programs or trips. The College considers these people to be “responsible employees.” 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 “responsible employees” for purposes of putting the institution on notice.These people include those without supervisory responsibility or remedial authority to address sexual misconduct, faculty members (unless supervising off-campus study or activities), advisors to student organizations, career services staff, admissions officers, student activities personnel, and many others.

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.