Commitment to Sexual Violence Prevention

Sexual violence is an intolerable intrusion into the most personal and private rights of an individual, and is prohibited at Hennepin Technical College. Hennepin Technical College is committed to eliminating sexual violence in all forms and will take appropriate remedial action against any individual found responsible for acts in violation of this policy. Acts of sexual violence may also constitute violations of criminal or civil law, or other Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board Policies that may require separate proceedings. To further its commitment against sexual violence, HTC provides reporting options, an investigative and disciplinary process, and prevention training or other related services as appropriate.

What is Sexual Violence?

"Sexual Violence includes a continuum of conduct that includes sexual assault, non-forcible sex acts, dating and relationship violence, stalking, as well as aiding acts of sexual violence." (Minnesota State Policy 1B.3 Sexual Violence) 

What is Sexual Assault?

"'Sexual assault' means an actual, attempted, or threatened sexual act with another person without that person's consent. Sexual assault is often a criminal act that can be prosecuted under Minnesota law, as well as form the basis for discipline under student conduct codes and employee disciplinary standards. Sexual Assault includes but is not limited to:

1. Involvement without consent in any sexual act in which there is force, expressed or implied, or use of duress or deception upon the victim. Forced sexual intercourse is included in this definition, as are the acts commonly referred to as “date rape” or “acquaintance rape.” This definition also includes the coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force sexual intercourse or a sexual act on another.

2. Involvement in any sexual act when the victim is unable to give consent.

3. Intentional and unwelcome touching, or coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force another to touch a person’s intimate parts (defined as primary genital area, groin, inner thigh, buttocks, or breast).

4. Offensive sexual behavior that is directed at another such as indecent exposure or voyeurism." (Minnesota State Policy 1B.3 Sexual Violence)

What is Dating & Relationship Violence?

"Dating and relationship violence includes physical harm or abuse, and threats of physical harm or abuse, arising out of a personal intimate relationship. This violence also may be called domestic abuse or spousal/partner abuse and may be subject to criminal prosecution under Minnesota state law." (Minnesota State Policy 1B.3 Sexual Violence)

What is Stalking?

"Stalking is conduct directed at a specific person that is unwanted, unwelcome, or unreciprocated and that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her or his safety or the safety of others or to suffer substantial emotional distress." (Minnesota State Policy 1B.3 Sexual Violence)

What is Consent?

"Consent is informed, freely given and mutually understood. If coercion, intimidation, threats, and/or physical force are used, there is no consent. If the complainant is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that the complainant cannot understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual situation, there is no consent; this includes conditions due to alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious. Silence does not necessarily constitute consent, and past consent of sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent. Whether the respondent has taken advantage of a position of influence over the complainant may be a factor in determining consent." (Minnesota State Policy 1B.3 Sexual Violence)

What is Non-forcible sex acts?

"Non-forcible acts include unlawful sexual acts where consent is not relevant, such as sexual contact with an individual under the statutory age of consent, as defined by Minnesota law, or between persons who are related to each other within degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law."  (Minnesota State Policy 1B.3 Sexual Violence) 

If you have been a victim of any form of sexual violence:

  • Know that this incident is not your fault.
  • Find a safe environment and a trusted friend to stay with you.
  • If you have been drinking and you're underage, or you were under the influence of other illegal drugs, reporting assault does not mean that you will get in trouble with the college for violating the Code of Conduct. It is important to us to get you the help that you want and need without fear of getting in trouble.

Consider reporting the crime:
Any individual who believes she or he has been or is being subjected to conduct prohibited by nondiscrimination/harassment or sexual violence policies are encouraged to report the incident to the designated officer. The report/complaint should be brought as soon as possible after an incident occurs.

Any student, faculty member or employee who knows of, receives information about or receives a complaint of discrimination/harassment or sexual violence is strongly encouraged to report the information or complaint to the designated officer of the system office, college, or university.

Consider taking steps to preserve physical evidence

  • If possible, go directly to an Emergency Room at a local hospital.
  • It is best not to bathe or wash and keep your clothing in a paper bag to preserve evidence.

Use the Contact  List  at the bottom of this page to report an incident of Sexual Assault, Sexual Violence, Dating & Relationship Violence, or Stalking.

Last updated by ssylvander : 2018-06-05 15:35:06