4.3 Sexual Violence

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Chapter 4: Human Resources

4.3 Sexual Harassment & Violence

Related Minnesota State Board Policy: 1B.3 Sexual Violence Policy
Related Minnesota State Board Procedure: 1B.3.1 Sexual Violence Procedure

Purpose:  To define sexual harassment, and sexual violence policy guidelines.

Part 1: Definitions/Zero Tolerance

Subpart A:  Normandale Community College will not tolerate sexual violence towards its students, faculty or staff.  In all its forms, sexual harassment and assault violate fundamental rights and the law and are causes for disciplinary action including but not limited to probation, suspension, expulsion or discharge.


Subpart B:  Sexual harassment can happen to anyone, in any place, regardless of age, race, marital status, gender, position or personal characteristics.  Normandale has established policies and procedures to handle such incidents in a sensitive and timely manner.  College administrators are charged with promoting and maintaining an atmosphere that properly deters and responds to sexual harassment and have zero tolerance for acts of sexual violence.

The College’s concern is to provide appropriate support to the victim while recognizing the rights of the accused.  Efforts will be taken to ensure confidentiality if possible and provide remedies, including protection of victims and witnesses from retaliation.

Everyone’s cooperation is needed to assure that Normandale is a safe place to learn and work.

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Part 2: Incidents

Incidents should be reported to campus security or Bloomington Police.

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Part 3: Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a violation of Section 703 of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended in 1972 and 1991 (42 U.S.C. S2000c. Et. Seq.), the Minnesota Human Rights Law (363.03 subdivision 51), and Title IX of the Education Amendments (20 U.S.C. 1681 Et. Seq.), and is punishable under both federal and state laws.


Subpart A: Sexual harassment includes any deliberate or unintentional unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual is used as a basis for employment or academic status, when submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individuals, or when such conduct has the purpose or effort of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.


Subpart B: Sexual violence includes such acts as rape, acquaintance rape, other forms of non-consensual sexual activity; or violence or harassment based on sexual preference.

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  Policy History:
Date of Adoption:  Established prior to 2011
Date of Implementation:
Date and Subject of Revisions:
Next Review Date:  2014-15
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