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Sexual misconduct (sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence) is a violation of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents Policy and University of Minnesota Administrative Policy (both have the title Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence). Allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence are taken seriously. Should an individual choose to file a report, an investigation will be conducted by a UMD sexual assault investigator from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA), University police, or local law enforcement. The University may pursue disciplinary action, even if criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute.
Student Conduct Procedures
All forms of sexual misconduct (to include sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence) are violations of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code, Section IV, Subd. 8 (Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence). Upon notice of an alleged sexual misconduct by a student, the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution works with the Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students to take appropriate interim measures that ensure safety for the person who made the report and the person alleged to have committed sexual misconduct.
The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution is responsible for the student conduct process (UMD's student disciplinary process), to include alleged sexual misconduct violations. The student conduct process may be found on the Student Conduct website. Click here for more details. For more information, contact the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution: (218) 726-7255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In cases where the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) conducts a formal investigation into reports of sexual misconduct by a University employee, EOAA will prepare a summary of the investigation and make a conclusion as to whether University policies against sexual misconduct or related retaliation were violated. EOAA typically sends the report to the individual(s) who raised the concerns; the individual(s) who are reported to have engaged in the misconduct; and the responsible administrator(s). EOAA will also make recommendations for responsive action to the responsible administrator(s). EOAA may provide recommendations to the responsible administrator whether or not there was a violation of policy. Either party may seek review of EOAA's written findings by providing concerns to EOAA's Director in writing. In addition, employees may consult with EOAA and other applicable policies or offices to determine whether other review or grievance procedures are available to them related to the written findings.