Title IX & Sexual Offenses

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”  

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Public Law No. 92-318, 86 Stat. 235 codified at 20 U.S.C. Sections 1681-1688

Sexual violence is an intolerable intrusion into the most personal and private rights of an individual, and it is prohibited at Hennepin Technical College. We are committed to eliminating sexual violence in all forms and will take appropriate remedial action against any individual found responsible for acts in violation of our policy. The Department of Education 2020 changes to Title IX regulations do not change this commitment.

Title IX has become a powerful tool on college campuses for combatting sexual offenses and gender discrimination. For more information on Title IX visit, Know Your IX.

Title IX & Sexual Offenses

Sexual assault can happen to you regardless of your gender, race, age, class, or sexual orientation. No one is entitled to another person’s body, even if the person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Types of sexual assault include:

  • Rape or forced sexual intercourse
  • Date rape
  • Marital rape
  • Attempted rape
  • Forced kissing
  • Groping
  • Harassment
  • Molestation
  • Incest
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Sexual violence
  • Unwanted sexual contact or exposure
  • Abusing power for sexual acts

Reporting Sexual Offenses

Report an Offense

File a complaint based on sexual misconduct at the link above. Reports may be made by:

  • An individual who has experienced sexual misconduct;
  • Anyone who receives a report from someone who experienced sexual misconduct; and/or
  • Anyone who witnesses or otherwise has information that sexual misconduct may have occurred.

Reports can be submitted anonymously by completing a Student Concern, Complaint, or Grievance form.

We recognize that deciding to report sexual misconduct and choosing how to proceed are difficult decisions. We understand that your feelings about whether to report an incident and how to proceed may change over time. We support all survivors of sexual misconduct during this decision-making process. You may be uncertain at first about how to proceed. You may wish to speak with a confidential resource by contacting a Counselor before deciding how to proceed. Although you can report sexual misconduct at any time, we encourage individuals to immediately report incidents of sexual misconduct. When making a report, you need not know what particular course of action to pursue or how to label what happened. 

If you would like someone to support you during the complaint process or to explain this process, please contact Michelle Obergfoll, Student Title IX Coordinator or a HTC Counselor.

Title IX Team

Student Contact

Michelle Obergfoll
Director of Academic Support Programs and Student Title IX Coordinator
(952) 995-1544
michelle.obergfoll@hennepintech.edu
Brooklyn Park Campus Room G243
Eden Prairie Campus Room E150

Employee Contact

Daniel Le Guen-Schmidt
Assistant Human Resources Director and Employee Deputy Title IX Coordinator
(763) 488-2406
daniel.leguen-schmidt@hennepintech.edu
Brooklyn Park Campus Room C120
Eden Prairie Campus Room F157

Process Advisors

The HTC Counselors can help students through the process of reporting a sexual offense.

1B.3 Sexual Violence Investigators

Decision Makers

 

Resources for Response

Immediate Needs and Safety

To address immediate medical concerns:

  • If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency contact 911 (or 9-911 from a campus phone). Be sure to note which campus you are on as it will better direct the emergency personnel.
  • The Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline can connect you with the nearest agency in your geographical area and other support services. This service can be reached at 1-866-223-1111.

To address immediate safety concerns:

  • Call 911 (or 9-911 from a campus phone). Be sure to note which campus you are on as it will better direct the emergency personnel.
  • Call Public Safety at 
    • Brooklyn Park Public Safety - Dial 4141 from any college phone
    • Public Safety Desk Phone 763-488-2655
    • Public Safety Supervisor 763-488-2654

    • Eden Prairie Public Safety - Dial 5151 from any college phone
    • Public Safety Desk Phone 952-995-1433

    • Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Education Center Security
    • Public Safety Desk Phone 763-488-2655 (security desk staffed 6-10pm daily, and 7:30am-5pm Saturdays)

Emotional Well Being: Counseling and Support Services

If you have experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault, there are a number of resources available to you.

  • Personal counseling is available from HTC Counselors
  • The Community Resources page has  various community resources including health care, suicide, and temporary living.
  • Resources United Way (Dial 211) and Cornerstone (866-223-1111) are both excellent at crisis support and education. They provide support groups, 24-hour crisis services, safety planning, and legal advocacy (and other services).

To find out about support services and accommodations on campus, contact Michelle Obergfoll, Title IX Coordinator. You can learn about interim accommodations such as academic and workplace adjustments and you can learn about the formal resolution process.

Helping a Loved One

When someone you care about has been assaulted, you may feel upset and confused. At a time when you may want to help most; you might be dealing with a crisis of your own. Your support at a time like this can be extremely helpful to a victim of sexual assault. Here are some guidelines to help you through this time:

Believe. Believe her/his experience without question. Do not blame them. Whatever the circumstances s/he was not looking for or asking to be assaulted. It is very common for the victim of a sexual assault to blame themselves. The blame for rape rests squarely and only with the assailant. There is no way of knowing what would have happened if the victim had acted differently.

Respect. Respect her/his fear. Assailants commonly threaten to harm the victim if s/he does not comply. Often victims feared that they would not survive the assault. This fear does not go away when the rapist does. This fear is real. Help her/him deal with it by finding ways to increase their safety.

Accept. There may be strong feelings. S/he has the right to any emotion: to be numb, sad, angry, in denial, terrified, depressed, agitated, withdrawn, etc. Being supportive is an attitude of acceptance of all feelings, an atmosphere of warmth and safety. Tolerate their needs; be there for them.

Listen. Let them know you want to listen. It does not matter so much what you say, but more how you listen. Try to understand what they are going through. They did the very best they knew how in a threatening situation. They survived. Give them credit.

  • Let them talk; do not interrupt.
  • Find time to focus on the victim. Ask what they need from you.
  • You may feel nervous about stalls and silences. It’s okay to be quiet.
  • Try repeating back the things they’ve said as a way to continue the talking.
  • Reassure them that they are not to blame. Blaming questions such as, "Why didn't you scream?" or "Why did you go there?" are not helpful. Instead, you might say, "It's difficult to scream when you are frightened" or "Going someplace unfamiliar is risky, but you were not asking to be assaulted."

Take it seriously. Pay attention. This will help validate the seriousness of their feelings and her/his need to work them through. Sexual assault can be a shattering experience which a victim does not get over in a hurry or alone. It may be months or longer before s/he feels fully recovered. Recovery is a process of acceptance and healing which takes time.

Stay. Stay with them as long as they want you to. One of the most upsetting losses experienced by rape victims is the loss of independence and solitude. For a while, many victims feel frightened and vulnerable about being alone. This will pass with time. Meanwhile, be good company.

Let the victim make their own decisions. Do not pressure them into making decisions or doing things they are not ready to do. Help them explore all the options. It is essential to respect privacy and confidentiality. Let them decide who knows about the sexual assault.

Care about their well-being. In order to care about your friend, you may need to cope with some difficult emotions of your own. If you are experiencing rage, blame or changes in how you feel about your friend/relative, you can be most helpful by finding ways of coping with your own emotions. Sexual assault is not provoked nor desired by the victim. In fact, sexual assault is motivated by the assailant's need for power and control, and a desire to humiliate and degrade the victim. Advocacy programs in your area have staff/volunteers that can help people sort through their feelings and emotions.

Content modified from OIIR Illinois.

Other Areas Protected by Title IX

Pregnant and Parenting Students

Title IX protects students in all of the academic, educational, extracurricular, and other programs or activities of institutions from gender discrimination. This includes discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions. Further, students should not receive harassment, opportunities, or lack of assistance based on their pregnancy.

In compliance with this, Hennepin Technical College is committed to treating students affected by pregnancy and related medical concerns the same as students similarly affected by temporary disabilities. These include but are not limited to:    

  • Absences must be excused in conjunction with doctor’s permission    
  • Students must be given a reasonable amount of time to complete missed classwork
  • Services for temporarily disabled students must be offered to pregnant students

Hennepin Technical College provides lactation rooms on both campuses for breast feeding. For more information including locations and access, please contact Public Safety. If there are any questions or concerns, contact michelle.obergfoll@hennepintech.edu.

You can find additional information about the rights of pregnant students by referencing the Department of Education and the Pregnant and Parenting Rights website. Should you have questions about how Title IX, please contact Michelle Obergfoll, Title IX Coordinator. 

Gender Discrimination

Gender is a protected class under Title IX of the Educational Amendments. This class encompasses discrimination based on a student’s gender identity, including discrimination based on a student’s transgender identity. Hennepin Technical College commits to not exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat individuals differently on the basis of gender or sex.

It is important for Hennepin Technical College to create a safe, comfortable, and inclusive environment. This aspiration drives allowing students to participate consistent with their gender identity. This includes student records (including a preferred name procedure), gender-neutral restrooms, and activities.

Should you experience gender discrimination on campus you can contact Michelle Obergfoll, Title IX Coordinator or Jean Maierhofer, Associate Vice President of Equity and Inclusion about the gender discrimination process.

More Information

Trainings Completed

Beginning Friday, August 14, 2020, 34 C.F.R. § 106.45(b)(10)(i)(D) requires an institution to make materials used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process publicly available on its website. The following is information complying with this regulation.

Training Opportunities for Students

Safe and Respectful Campus

 

Training for Title IX Coordinators

Title IX Cordinators Training: Revised System Procedure 1B.3.1

  • Host: Minnesota State System Office
  • Attendees: Michelle Obergfoll

1B.3 Sexual Violence Investigator Training

  • Host: Minnesota State System Office
  • Attendees: Daniel Le Guen-Schmidt

1B.1 Investigator Traiing 

  • Host: Minnesota State System Office
  • Attendees: Daniel Le Guen-Schmidt

Decision Maker Online Training for 1B.1 and 1B.3 (pre-work) 

  • Host: Minnesota State System Office
  • Attendees: Daniel Le Guen-Schmidt

 

Hennepin Technical College is an equal opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

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