To report an incident of sexual violence or sex discrimination under Title IX:
- File a report online: Report sexual violence, sexual assault, dating or relationship violence stalking or other sexual misconduct. Reports may be submitted anonymously.
- On campus
- Off campus
Should an individual choose to report an incident, they have the option to report anonymously. To make an anonymous report use the make a report (sexual misconduct, dating/relationship violence, stalking) link. This form is intended for use by students, employees, faculty, visitors or other concerned individuals to anonymously or informally report information related to incident(s) of sexual misconduct (sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation), dating/relationship violence and/or stalking.
If you would like to speak to a confidential resource regarding instances of sexual violence you have experienced, or on behalf of a friend or loved one, trained advocates are available. These are individuals who are not legally mandated to report instances of sexual misconduct, harassment or violence. They can assist you in outlining all your options and rights, answer your questions, provide resources, and support you through the reporting process (should you choose to file a report). Additionally, individuals may report anonymously or use their name.
- Counseling Services: 651-793-1568, Founders Hall Room 221
- Michael Peterson, director, Counseling Services: 651-793-1557, Founders Hall Room 224
- Sam Poindexter, Women and LGBTQ coordinator: 651-793-1544, Founders Hall Room 140
If you believe you have experienced sexual misconduct, harassment, or violence and would like the university to formally investigate the situation, you may submit a formal complaint. These complaints can be student to student, employee to student, employee to employee, and non-students or non-employees.
Information about student(s) involved or investigation itself are confidential and protected under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). However, information about instances of sexual misconduct must be shared among university staff whose are investigating the situation and responsibilities for rendering a decision.
If you file a formal complaint, the accused student(s) will know the identity of the person filing the report. Sexual misconduct is a serious offense and the respondent has the right to know the identity of the complainant/victim and respond to the allegations.
If you are accused of sexual misconduct, do not contact the victim. Cooperate with the individual that is conducting the investigation. Additionally, you may want to seek help from Counseling Services or a trusted advisor on campus.
As outlined in the MN State Procedures 1B.1.1 Subpart C., 9 provides information in regards to the timely completion of an investigatory process. The designated officer shall notify the complainant and respondent if the written response is not expected to be issued within the 60 day period. Part 8. Appeal. - Subpart A. Filing an appeal. Appeal Process: "The complainant or the respondent may appeal the decision of the decision maker. An appeal must be filed in writing with the president or designee within ten (10) business days after notification of the decision."
Mandatory Reporters include campus security or other administrative officials who, as a result of their roles, have an obligation to report incidents of sexual violence. These individuals include but are not limited to, the Director of Public Safety, Director of Affirmative Action, Dean of Students, Student Conduct Officer, and College Deans. Federal law requires that formal reports to a mandatory reporter must be investigated.
Individuals who believe they have experienced sexual misconduct, harassment, or violence, can file a report with the Saint Paul Police or Minneapolis Police department simultaneously when reporting an incident to mandatory campus reporter or official. Metropolitan State University takes the issue of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and assault very seriously. The university is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination and harassment. The University's non-discrimination and sexual harassment policy coincides with policies and procedures as outlined below by the Minnesota State system.