Intimate Partner Violence Misconduct
Statement of Purpose
Intimate Partner Violence is a crime punishable with both civil and criminal legal action and are serious violations of College policy. Behaviors that contribute to or constitute intimate partner violence have no place at the College of St. Scholastica (CSS), where people are expected to learn and develop to their full potential. Through the intimate partner violence protocol, CSS seeks to provide a consistent, caring and timely response when these behaviors occur within the College community. Support and information will be available to assist students in making reporting decisions and throughout the reporting process. This policy applies to student behavior on or off campus as it affects CSS students.
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Definition
Intimate Partner Violence is defined as a pattern of behaviors used to exert power and control over someone else in an intimate relationship (whether opposite- sex or same-sex, current or former) such as dating, living together, domestic partnerships or marriage.
Behaviors can include:
A person in an abusive relationship may experience some but not all of these behaviors. They work together in any combination to create power and control from one over another in an intimate relationship. Some aspects of intimate partner violence are illegal such as physical and sexual violence, threats of violence and destroying property. All of these behaviors indicate a relationship that is unhealthy and potentially dangerous.
There are multiple options of reporting, on and off campus if you have experienced intimate partner violence. All options are viable and open to students. You are the only person who will be able to make a decision regarding the best reporting option for you and your healing. We strongly encourage students to utilize the Gender Equity and Anti-Violence Allies (GEVA) Team to navigate options, resources, and support. Students may access campus resources regardless of which report they make.
Additionally, campus staff and faculty would like to aid and support victims/survivors of violence in the best way that we can. To create a victim centered response, we would like to keep the choice and power of reporting in the hands of a victim/survivor as much as we can. However, certain staff and faculty members of the College may be required by state and federal law to report disclosures of sexual assault/violence to ensure safety of all its community members. Regardless of a person's confidentiality and reporting requirements, we will make every effort to keep your information and the information regarding the incident as private as possible; with information only being shared with a tight group of trained staff and faculty involved with the investigation of the incident.
Please be advised about reporting options and the requirements of staff/faculty to report disclosures. If you are unsure about a staff or faculty member's duties and ability to maintain your privacy, ask them before you talk to them. They will be able to tell you and help you make decisions about who can help you best in your healing.
Reports can be made by the victim or other parties aware of the behavior using one of these options:
To Report Confidentially:
Students who desire to keep the details of an incident confidential, should speak with members from Counseling Services, Health Services, Student Support Services and/or other off campus resources and support. Campus counselors and many of the off campus agencies services are available free of charge like Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women. To ensure the College is keeping and portraying accurate accounts of disclosures of intimate partner violence, these folks are asked to fill out a document to help keep our stats. This document contains no personally identifiable information, solely provides statistical data. These resources are not required to fill out any other information unless a victim/survivor desires. If a victim/survivor chooses, one of these confidential members can fill out a CSS No Name Report or Formal Report for Investigation. These members may suggest a student speak with a member of the GEVA Team who can aid in the understanding, clarification, and choosing of various reporting options.
CSS No Name Report (Quasi Confidential):
Many members of the campus community can be resources who are not required to tell anyone your private, personally identifiable information unless there is cause for fear for your safety or the safety of others, however are required to fill out a CSS No Name Report. These resources include those without supervisory responsibility or remedial authority to address sexual and gender based misconduct, such as RA's, Residence Life Staff, faculty members, admissions officers, student activities personnel, and student affairs staff. These members are required to make a CSS No Name Report within 24 hours of the disclosure of intimate partner violence to Tad Sears, the Title IX Coordinator. Information on this report does not contain any personal identifiable information, except in the rare event that the incident reveals a need to protect you or other members of the campus community. Additionally these members may suggest you speak with a member of the GEVA Team who can aid in the understanding, clarification, and choosing of various reporting options. Students may make a CSS No Name Report, however the name of the student reporting will be attached to the report.
CSS Formal Report to the Dean of Students (Non-Confidential Reporting Option)
Students are encouraged to speak to officials of the institution to make a CSS Formal Report of incidents should they choose. Speaking with Deans, Presidents, Vice Presidents, Campus Security, Human Resources, and other administrators with supervisory responsibilities will initiate a formal on campus internal investigation of the incident. These members are considered responsible employees based on Title IX and are required to disclose your information to the Dean of Students. Formal reporting doesn't mean that your report won't be confidential, but it does mean that people who need to know will be told and information will be shared as necessary with investigators, witnesses, and the reported student. The circle of people will be kept as tight as possible, to preserve your rights and privacy. Students who are unsure about whether they would like to make a formal report are advised to speak with a confidential resource or a member of the GEVA Team to aid in understanding, clarification, and choosing of various reporting options.
Off Campus Reporting-Duluth Police Department
Students wanting to make an external report to law enforcement can report to the Duluth Police Department by calling 911. This is an off campus process, but students are entitled to this option should they choose. A student can choose to complete both an on campus formal investigation and an off campus report to police. A student needing assistance making a report to the police, should connect with a member of the GEVA Team.
Following the disclosure of intimate partner violence, the College will provide prompt, thorough, and impartial investigations and remedies to address and prevent the recurrence of intimate partner violence on our campus. All CSS Formal Reports to the Dean of Students of Intimate Partner Violence will be investigated by the Student of Concern Team committee or a designee of the Dean of Students who will make recommendations for substantiation of reports and sanctions to the Dean of Students. The charges will then be governed by the judicial procedures within this handbook.
The College's investigative process of intimate partner violence is not a legal process and is not a substitute for making formal legal charges to the police. If a civil or criminal suit is filed, the College reserves the right to conduct its own investigation and proceedings regardless of the status or resolution of any civil or criminal litigation.
Incidents perpetrated by a non-college person may be be referred to the proper authorities
Temporary sanctions and/or accommodations for immediate safety concerns may be implemented during the course of an investigation. Interim action may be imposed as outlined in the Judicial Disciplinary Procedures and Process section of this handbook. Victims/survivors will be provided with information regarding accommodations and assistance. To get temporary accommodations, please visit the Dean of Students or their designee.
Final sanctions for violating this policy include the possibility of suspension or dismissal from the College. A student charged with intimate partner violence offense can be prosecuted under Minnesota Criminal Statutes and/or disciplined under the campus Student Code of Conduct. Even if criminal justice authorities choose not to investigate or prosecute, the College may pursue disciplinary action. For additional information on campus investigation and sanctioning procedures, refer to the judicial procedures of this handbook.
Retaliatory or intimidating conduct against any individual who has made a report of intimate partner violence or who has testified or assisted in any manner in an investigation is specifically prohibited. The College of St. Scholastica will investigate and take appropriate action against any student, faculty, or staff member who retaliates against any person for their report of intimate partner violence.
Charges against Student Organizations
When there is reason to believe that a student organization has committed or promoted behavior involving IPV of another student, the organization may be disciplined. Sanctions may include loss of funding, loss of recognition by the College, and individual members of the organization in question may be held responsible for their actions which violate this policy and subject to further sanctions. A student organization is responsible for the actions of its members when they are operating on behalf of the organization.
Release of Information
Timely warnings must be issued to the campus community if the reported student is believed to pose a substantial threat of bodily harm or danger to members of the community. The victims name and other identifying information will not be disclosed, but there will be enough information for students, faculty, and staff to make personal decisions for their own safety.
In cases in which the reported student is believed to pose no substantial threat of bodily harm or danger, the College must still report statistical information regarding the type of incident and the general location for publication in the Annual Campus Security Report. No further information regarding the victim or the incident may be related to the campus community in these cases. The Annual Campus Security Report can be found here (link to ASR)
All documentation regarding a formal report of intimate partner violence will be kept on file in the Dean of Students' Office. No disciplinary documentation will remain in the student's permanent record at the campus, with the exception of incidents resulting in college expulsion, which are on student records permanently.
Rights of a Victim of Intimate Partner Violence
Students who have been victim's of IPV whether they are the reporting party or not will receive an explanation of their rights in writing. Victims who are not the reporting party will be offered the opportunity to have their rights verbally explained. These rights include but are not limited to the following:
Rights of a Reported Student of Intimate Partner Violence
Students will receive written notification of their rights and have an opportunity to verbal explanation as requested. These rights include but are not limited to:
Dissemination of Intimate Partner Violence/Stalking Policy
The College of St. Scholastica Intimate Partner Violence/Stalking Policy will be reviewed as needed. A copy of the policy will appear annually in the student handbook and online at the St. Scholastica Web site at www.css.edu.
If you have experienced sexual assault/violence, resources and support are available to you. The GEVA Team can help connect you to resources. Additionally, click here for further information about resources and support.
Additionally, the College of St. Scholastica has events and programming related to intimate partner violence. Please click here for more information about our programs.
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