Misconduct, Harassment & Discrimination
In the event students suspect or experience sexual harassment, sexual assault, misconduct or discrimination by preceptors or any of their Applied Practice party, please refer to the Sexual Harassment in an Internship (PDF) and learn more about the University Policies, process and resources.
View the University Policy on:
Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence
The University of Minnesota (the “University”) is committed to taking prompt and effective steps intended to end sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, relationship violence, and related retaliation, prevent their recurrence and, as appropriate, remedy their effects. This policy outlines the University’s definitions and procedures related to these types of misconduct. This policy applies to University members, who include:
- University students, whether enrolled full time or part time, for credit or non-credit courses;
- University employees as defined in this policy; and
- third parties who are engaged in any University activity or program, or who are otherwise interacting with the University, including, but not limited to, volunteers, contractors, vendors, visitors, and guests.
This policy applies to acts of sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, relationship violence, and related retaliation committed by or against students, employees, and third parties when:
- the conduct occurs on University property;
- the conduct occurs in the context of a University employment or education program or activity, including, but not limited to, University-sponsored academic, athletic, extracurricular, study abroad, research, online or internship programs or activities;
- the conduct occurs off University property and outside the context of a University employment or education program or activity, but has a continuing adverse effect on or creates a hostile environment for students, employees, or third parties while on University property or in any University employment or education program or activity; or
- the conduct indicates that the respondent may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of University members.
To the extent any provision of this policy conflicts with Board of Regents Policy: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence, the Board policy controls. To the extent any provision of this policy conflicts with any other University policy, this policy controls. Nothing in this policy should be interpreted to abridge academic freedom or principles of free speech.
Discrimination, Harassment, Affirmative Action
Students may contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEOAA) at 612-624-9547 or visit the office at 419 Morrill Hall. The OEOAA staff can discuss your concerns, help you clarify your allegations, and work through various alternatives to resolve the matter.
If you want to file a formal complaint, OEOAA staff will investigate and make a recommendation as to whether discrimination occurred, along with potential corrective action, to the administrators in your school.
If your discrimination concern involves disability issues, the Office of Disability Services (180 McNamara Alumni Center, telephone 612-624-4037) can assist students with verification of a disability and implementation of reasonable accommodations.
Learn more about Discrimination, Harassment, Affirmative Action
- What is sexual harassment?
- What is relationship violence?
- Sexual Misconduct Prevention
- President’s Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct: From Theory to Practice . . . Innovations in Sexual Violence Prevention on Campus
Who can students call for help?
The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education
Offers free & confidential services to victims/survivors/anyone with concerns related to sexual assault. These services are available for all members of the University of Minnesota & Augsburg community, including students, staff and faculty.
Advocate Phone: (612) 626-2929
24 Hour Helpline: (612) 626-9111
Text Line: (612) 615-8911 (text “TALK”)
Address: 117 Appleby Hall
Boynton Mental Health
Offers a 24-hour crisis line.
Call 612-301-4673 or text UMN to 61222.
340 Appleby Hall
128 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
St. Paul Campus:
199 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Investigations and Accommodations
The resources listed are free and confidential for complainants, including advocacy, counseling, emotional support and/or guidance through law enforcement and University reporting processes. These resources are available to complainants regardless of whether they choose to report sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, relationship violence or related retaliation (collectively, “prohibited conduct”) to law enforcement or the campus Title IX office. Some of these resources are available to students and employees and others might only be available to students or only to employees.
Sexual Health Awareness & Disease Education*
(SHADE) is a program associated with Boynton that offers a wide variety of resources related to sexual health. They have a SHADE adviser and trained student coordinators to answer questions related to sexual health and disease prevention.
Address: 208 Boynton
Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action*
(EOAA) is responsible for responding to sexual misconduct reports through investigation, consultation, and education. As the University’s Title IX office, this is the location where UMN employees are required to report sexual misconduct that they become aware of.
Business: (612) 624-9547
Address: 274 McNamara
University of Minnesota Police Department*
The UMPD responds to and investigates sexual assault reports that occur on campus. For students that attend the University of Minnesota and had the incident occurred off-campus, UMPD will help the victim get in touch with the appropriate police department within that jurisdiction. By state law, the victim’s identity cannot be released to the public. The victim can choose to end the investigation at any time if they no longer feel comfortable.
Address: 100 Transportation and Safety Building
University Student Legal Services*
(SLS) provides free legal representation, legal advice, referrals, and legal education for students paying the Student Services Fee.
Phone: (612) 624-1001
Address: 160 West Bank Skyway
* University employees are required to report sexual misconduct impacting students to EOAA. Therefore, if you share your experience with your University Internship Coordinator or another University employee, that person is required to share your experience with EOAA. This reporting requirement helps ensure that any time the University learns about sexual misconduct it reaches out to the impacted individual to offer them support, accommodations, and the opportunity to initiate an investigation. For more information about this reporting requirement, please visit EOAA’s website. Some University employees, including representatives from the Aurora Center, counselors and others with a professional license requiring confidentiality (e.g., lawyers from SLS) are exempt from this reporting requirement when they learn about sexual misconduct in the course of their professional responsibilities.