Reporting Options

Title IX

Gustavus Adolphus College takes all reports seriously and will work to investigate and resolve them in a prompt, thorough and impartial manner. The College recognizes that if it knows or reasonably should know about sexual misconduct that creates a hostile environment, its legal and moral obligation is to eliminate it, prevent its recurrence and address its effects on both direct and indirect victims.

Regardless of whether any legal time limits have run, the College does not impose a time limit for reporting an incident of Sexual Misconduct. However, individuals are strongly encouraged to report the incident as soon as possible in order to maximize the College’s ability to respond promptly and effectively. The College does not impose a statute of limitations for reporting and will investigate and adjudicate allegations against any individual who is a member of the community at the time of the report. Individuals who experience Sexual Misconduct are encouraged to report the incident to law enforcement. The reporting of a violation of this policy is independent of any criminal investigation or proceeding, and the College may not wait for the conclusion of any criminal proceedings to commence its own investigation and take interim measures to protect the College community. 

Confidential

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

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

 *These employees do not have a responsibility to report identifying information, but do contribute to College statistical reporting requirements.

Counselors from the Gustavus Counseling Center are available to students free of charge, and can be seen on an emergency basis during normal business hours (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:45 p.m.). SART/CADA representatives are available during normal business hours and after hours by calling 507-933-6868.

Sexual Assault Response Team

The College’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) includes faculty and staff who provide confidential support 24 hours a day to survivors of sexual misconduct, stalking, and intimate partner violence. A SART/CADA member can talk with the survivor about available options for support and safety. NOTE: SART/CADA offers support and help in whatever course of action you choose and WILL NOT act on anything unless you request it. SART/CADA can be reached by calling 507-933-6868.

SART will review:

  • Talking confidentially with a campus counselor
  • Obtaining medical care from Health Service or at an external clinic
  • Requesting a Campus No Contact Order
  • Reporting the incident to the College for investigation
  • Going to the hospital for a forensic exam (for evidence gathering)
  • Receiving assistance for academics, housing/living situation and transportation
  • Discussing topics related to personal safety
  • Reporting the incident to the police for investigation or to obtain an Order for Protection or Harassment Restraining Order

Other On-campus Sources

An individual who wishes that a complaint or concern regarding sexual misconduct be investigated by the College should make a direct report to the Title IX Coordinator, Patty Dawson, phone 507-933-6360, email pdawson@gustavus.edu.

Reports of incidents of sexual misconduct can also be made to other College employees. Gustavus Adolphus College employees are mandated reporters and are required to share all details known about any alleged violation of this policy with the Title IX Coordinator upon notice of the incident. Mandated reporters must report;

  • Incidents personally observed;
  • Incidents that are reported to the mandated reporter; and
  • Incidents of which the mandated reporter otherwise becomes aware

Information will be kept private and only shared with individuals that need to know in order to investigate and adjudicate the incident, including investigators, witnesses and the accused individual. In some instances, individuals may request that their name not be shared with the Respondent or that no formal action be taken. The Title IX Coordinator will take this information to the Title IX team and balance the request with the College’s obligation to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment to the campus community and the Complainant. If the College is not able to honor the Complainants request, the Title IX Coordinator will notify the Complainant prior to starting the formal investigation process. The Complainant may choose to not participate in the investigation but, in those cases, the College’s ability to pursue disciplinary action may be limited.

The College will accept anonymous reports of conduct alleged to violate this policy. The individual making the report is encouraged to provide as much detailed information as possible to allow the College to investigate and respond as appropriate. The reporter should recognize that the College may be limited in its ability to investigate an anonymous report. Mandated reporters cannot remain anonymous when filing a report nor can they protect the identity of their source/victim. The Title IX Coordinator will receive all anonymous reports and meet with the Title IX team to determine the best way to respond.

When certain crimes, as defined by the Clery Act, are reported on campus, Campus Safety will issue a timely warning (Crime Alert) to the campus. The criteria for the issuance of timely warnings would include crimes that are considered to represent a serious and/or continuing threat to the community.

Individuals also have the right to file a formal complaint with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 500 West Madison St., Suite 1475 Chicago, IL 60661-4544; 312-730-1560; OCR.Chicago@ed.gov. Individuals should consult with the Office for Civil Rights as to any time limits that may apply to file a formal complaint

Off-campus Sources

Reporting the Incident to the Police

The College strongly encourages and supports a student’s right to go to police, and College staff will assist the student in making contact with the police. The option to report to off-campus law enforcement is ALWAYS an option regardless of other actions or investigations taking place. A student may speak with a SART/CADA member who can provide support and information regarding contacting off-campus law enforcement or students should feel free to contact the St. Peter Police directly at 507-931-1550 or 911 in the case of an emergency.

Local, State and Federal Agencies

Sexual Assault Victim’s Rights

A survivor has the right to obtain assistance from the Crime Victims Reparations Board and the Office of Crime Victims Ombudsman:

1821 University Avenue North
N465 Griggs-Midway Building
St. Paul, MN 55104
Phone: 1-800-247-0390.

Anonymous Reporting

Individuals are welcome to utilize the College’s Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form to report information about sexual misconduct but reporters should understand that anonymously reported incidents can be more difficult to investigate.