For immediate assistance, please contact the Department of Public Safety at 612-330-1717 or ext 1717 from an on campus phone.
To report sexual misconduct to the College, please use this online reporting form:
All submissions using this form will be sent immediately to the Dean of Students, Sarah Griesse and the Title IX Officer, Dionne Doering.
Reporting Procedures & Protocols
WHEN SEXUAL MISCONDUCT OCCURS
Anyone who experiences or is aware of an incident of sexual misconduct is strongly encouraged to share the information with the College and to seek support. To learn more about the process and consider available options, students may contact the Dean of Students for more information. All others may contact the Title IX Coordinator, who is the Director of Human Resources.
Rights of the Complainant and Respondent
Both the complainant and the respondent party will be given support, information, and opportunities throughout the process. This includes:
• An equitable process that provides for a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation
• Notice of the allegations and an opportunity to respond
• An opportunity to present witnesses and to provide evidence
• For Students: Notice of the outcome of the investigation and appeal process
• For Employees: Notice of the outcome of the investigation but may not be apprised of any disciplinary action taken against other employees due to Federal and State privacy laws
• Complete and prompt assistance of Augsburg, at the direction of law enforcement, in obtaining, securing, and maintaining evidence in connection with a sexual misconduct incident
• The assistance of Augsburg in preserving any materials relevant to an Augsburg disciplinary proceeding
• The presence of a support person with whom the party may consult throughout the process. The support person may not represent the student or participate in the process.
Sexual Misconduct And Academic Freedom Of Expression
The College is committed to protecting and supporting academic freedom. For specific details and the definition of academic freedom, refer to the Faculty Handbook. Academic freedom shall be considered in investigating and reviewing complaints and reports of sexual misconduct. However, raising issues of academic freedom will not automatically excuse behavior that constitutes a violation of the law of the College’s Sexual Misconduct policy.
The College and its faculty subscribe to the Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom as promulgated by the American Association of University Professors and the Association of American Colleges.
OPTIONS OF WHOM TO TELL
To Learn More About the Process Before Deciding Whether to File a Report
When sexual misconduct occurs, the complainant may want to learn more about reporting options before deciding whether or not to report. The complainant may approach a Confidential Resource or a Campus Security Authority (CSA).
Reports of sexual misconduct by an individual to the person’s psychological counselor and/or pastoral counselor (acting in their roles as counselors) or licensed health professional are privileged, confidential, and exempt from any reporting requirements under this Policy or under the Clery Act. A report to a psychological or pastoral counselor or licensed professional will not generate an investigation unless the allegations involve a minor, vulnerable adult, or an imminent threat to the life of a person. On-campus resources for students include:
Office Phone Number
Center for Counseling and 612-330-1707
Campus Ministry 612-330-1732
Resources for employees include the Employee Assistance Program and the person’s insurance provider.
Campus Security Authority
A Campus Security Authority (CSA) reports allegations of Clery Act crimes to the Dean of Students, Director of Public Safety, or the Title IX Coordinator/Director of Human Resources. The Director of Public Safety will maintain a list of CSAs on campus and will inform them of their reporting obligations. CSAs include:
• Department of Public Safety (including student staff)
• Human Resources staff
• Residence Life (including student staff)
• Athletic Directors (including Assistant Directors) and head coaches
• Faculty or staff advisors to student organizations
• Administrators at branch/satellite/separate campuses
Given the impact of a sexual misconduct incident, the College wants minimize the number of times the individual has to explain what happened. When approached by someone seeking information or considering filing a report, the College official will stop the individual from telling what happened and will share information about the reporting process. The College official will also explain their obligation to share with the Title IX Coordinator (when the person is an employee) or Dean of Students (when the person is a student) that a person came forward with a complaint. Students interested in receiving more information or filing a report will be forwarded to the Dean of Students. All others will be forwarded to Human Resources or a Title IX Deputy.
The following staff can provide information about the reporting process, explain reporting options, and help individuals navigate the reporting process.
Title IX Coordinator| Dionne Doering | 612-330-1602
Dean of Students | Sarah Griesse | 612-330-1489
Director of Public Safety |Scott Brownell | 612-330-1644
INTERIM MEASURES (Academic, Housing, and/or Employment Accommodations)
Where feasible, Augsburg College will assist and work with individuals for immediate accommodations and interim measures including academic, housing, transportation, and work situations regardless of whether the person chooses to make an official report with the College, the Department of Public Safety, or law enforcement.
Where feasible, the College will assist and work with individuals for immediate accommodations and interim measures to increase the complainant’s safety and well-being. This includes but is not limited to:
1. Issue a no contact order from the College prohibiting direct, indirect, or third party communication or contact.
2. Prohibit the respondent from being on campus or attending Augsburg College events.
3. Prohibit access to specific buildings or residence halls.
4. Provide an escort between classes and activities 24 hours a day.
5. Ensure that the complainant and respondent do not attend the same classes.
6. Move the residence hall assignment of the complainant or the respondent to a different residence hall.
7. Change a work or class schedule.
8. Institute administrative removal from work until the matter is resolved.
9. Provide additional necessary services such as counseling, medical services, academic support services, etc.
10. Arrange for the complainant to re-take a course or withdraw from a class without penalty.
11. Summary Eviction
A summary eviction requires that the student vacate the residence halls immediately. It may be imposed if the Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life has reasonable cause to believe that the student poses a threat to the safety of self, other persons, or property in the residence halls. Any student summary evicted who returns to the residence halls during the period of suspension may be subject to permanent denial of a Residence Life contract and further sanctions. Once summary eviction has been imposed, permission to enter any residence hall must be granted in writing and in advance by the Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life.
Any student subject to summary eviction shall be required to remain out of all residence halls until an administrative hearing is held. The hearing shall be held within 7 working days of the notice of summary eviction.
12. Summary Suspension
A summary suspension requires that the student leave the campus immediately. The College may impose summary suspension when the Dean of Students and the Director of Public Safety have reasonable cause to believe that the student poses a threat to the safety of self, other persons or properties, or poses a disruptive threat to the operations of the College. Any summarily suspended student who returns to campus during the period of summary suspension may be subject to expulsion. Permission to be on campus may be granted for a specific purpose; however, it must be granted in advance and in writing by the Dean of Students or Director of Public Safety. Any student subject to summary suspension shall be required to remain off campus property until an administrative hearing is held. The hearing shall be held within 7 working days of the notice of summary suspension.
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