2016-17 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

Student Safety

Sexual Harassment

Minot State University’s commitment to equal opportunity includes an assurance to its employees and students that they will not be subjected to sexual harassment, as such conduct is prohibited at the University. Minot State University defines sexual harassment as follows:

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

  1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education requirement;
  2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions, educational decisions (grades, etc.), affecting such individual;
  3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work or learning performance or creating an intimidating or demeaning, or hostile, or offensive working/classroom environment.

This definition is in compliance with Title Vll of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Employees or students concerned about violations of this policy may request assistance from the Human Resource Officer in the Administration Building, the Vice President for Student Affairs Office, located in the Administration Builidng, or the Student Development Center located in the lower level of Lura Manor.

Sexual Assault

Minot State University’s commitment to students and employees is to provide a campus free from all forms of sexual assault and sexual harassment. This behavior will not be tolerated.

Definition

In accordance with the ND Century Code 12.1-20-07/03 and MSU, sexual assault and gross sexual imposition is any sexual act or sexual contact performed upon one person by another to which one person does not or cannot consent. Consent is defined as speech or conduct indicating freely given agreement to participate in sexual activity. Silence or the use of alcohol/drugs are NOT an indication of consent. Minot State University prohibits any behavior (sexual acts/contacts) which:

  1. Compels the victim to submit by force or by threat of force.
  2. Impairs the victims power to appraise or control his/her conduct by administering the use of intoxicants.
  3. The victim is unaware that a sexual act/contact is being committed upon him or her. For example: a state of intoxication due to alcohol or drug use; loss of consciousness; lack of knowledge that the act in question is sexual assault.
  4. The victim is less than fifteen years old.
  5. The violator knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the other person suffers from a mental disease or defect which renders him or her incapable of understanding the nature of his/her conduct.

Reporting

Sexual assault victims may contact various individuals, departments and agencies for assistance. Information will be confidential unless consent is given.

Campus Security858-435724 Hours a Day
Minot Police Department911 or 852-011124 Hours a Day
Resident Assistant*See Hall Directory24 hours a day
North Central Human Service Center857-850024 hours a day
Domestic Violence Crisis Center852-2258
Crisis Line857-200024 hours a day
Rape Crisis857-850024 hours a day
Legal Assistance of ND852-3870
Trinity Health857-500024 hours a day
United Campus Ministry833-5357 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F
Lutheran Campus Ministry839-3949
*

Residence Hall Staff report to the Director of Residence Life In compliance with state and federal regulations.

Minot State University makes the following statements regarding discrimination, privacy of records, sexual assault policy, and student conduct. 

Procedure Key Points
A. Obtain medical care and help as soon as possible after the sexual assault whether or not you choose to report to the police.A. Take a change of clothing to the hospital if possible.
1. Do not bathe, douche, brush teeth, use mouthwash or change clothes before getting medical attention in order to avoid elimination of evidence.
2. Medical treatment will assist in dealing with any concerns about pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
B. North Dakota’s mandatory reporting law requires hospitals to report crimes of sexual assault to the police.B. It is the victim’s decision as to whether he/she wants to talk to the police. He/She is not required to press charges.
1. Victims are encouraged to file a report with the police and preserve all evidence should they decide at a later date to exercise their legal rights.
2. Filing a report with the police may also help others from becoming victims.
3. Victims may file a Blind Report--no names.
C. North Dakota Crime Victims Reparation ActC. For information call (701) 328-6195.
1. May cover emergency room costs if you do not have public or private medical insurance. If approved, may also be reimbursed for out of pocket medical expenses, loss of earnings, and psychological counseling.
1. To be eligible you must report the crime within 72 hours, cooperate with the investigation, and fill out an application within one year of the crime. You MUST NOT have consented to, provoked, or incited the crime, or been assisting in or committing a criminal act causing your injuries.
D. Seek professional counseling either on campus or through an off-campus agency.D. Refer to Departments, agencies listed under Reporting Section.

University Response

The Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designate will promote informational material and programs to aid in the prevention of sexual assault.

Following a sexual assault occurring on campus and the filing of a complaint, the Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designate will:

  1. Assist the victim in securing medical treatment.
  2. Take steps to promote confidentiality in working with victims.
  3. Assist the victim in arranging for professional counseling.
  4. Assist the victim in pursuing a criminal complaint if desired.
  5. Initiate an investigation and take appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the MSU Student Conduct Policy.
  6. Institutional Disciplinary Action may be taken regardless of any decision or penalty by civil authorities.
  7. Disciplinary proceedings will afford the accuser and the accused equal rights as stated in the Student Conduct Policy, section IV, letter L. Student Rights.
  8. Offer the victim the following services if appropriate:
    1. Withdrawal from a class/University.
    2. Assistance in securing a restraining order.
    3. Change in housing, phone, parking assignment.
    4. Request increase in security coverage.
  9. Promote educational programs and information in the residence halls for the campus community.
  10. Request ongoing reviews and updating of campus lighting and security enhancements. (Assistant VP for Facilities Management).