Reporting Sexual Offenses
Itasca Community College is committed to creating a campus environment that is free of sexual violence. Sexual violence is not tolerated at Itasca Community College and it takes reports about sexual violence seriously.
Reporting an Incident
Submit a report using one of the following three Campus Eye options:
Please note you will need the following sign-up code if you choose to download the mobile app:
Mobile App Sign-Up Code: 9QYV
All reports will be held in strict confidence and are anonymous unless you share your identity in the report text box. As you submit your report, please know that our ability to most thoroughly investigate any complaint is dependent on the information you provide. Providing details about the location, whether you are a student/employee, and the nature of the incident will enable us to most effectively address the matter you are reporting. The review & investigation of your submission will begin within 24 hours.
What is Sexual Violence?
Sexual assault as “an actual, attempted or threatened sexual act with another person without that person’s consent. Sexual Assault includes but is not limited to:
- 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 also 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.
- Involvement in any sexual act when the victim is unable to give consent.
- Intentional and unwelcome touching, 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.)
- Offensive sexual behavior that is directed at another such as indecent exposure or voyeurism.”
Sexual assault is often a criminal act that can be prosecuted under Minnesota law, as well as form the basis for discipline under Minnesota State institution student conduct codes and employee disciplinary standards.
What Are 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.
What if I Experience a Sexual Assault?
- Go to a safe place. Call 911 if you feel you are in immediate danger or to report the incident to law enforcement.
- If you are on campus, call the Itasca Community College Emergency Designee at (218) 327-4751 or contact any of the following employees:
- Richard Kangas, Dean of Student & Administrative Services, Richard.Kangas@itascacc.edu, 218-322-2319, Backes Student Center, CC107
- Bart Johnson, Provost/Title IX Coordinator, Bart.Johnson@itascacc.edu, 218-322-2388, Administration Building, A103
- Becky Niemi, Counselor, Becky.Niemi@itascacc.edu, 218-322-2321
- Brenda Fairchild, Counselor, Brenda.Fairchild@itascacc.edu, 218-322-2366, Backes Student Center, CC107
- Amie Furlong, Counselor, Amie.Furlong@itascacc.edu, 218-322-2361, Backes Student Center, Student Support Services Office
- Any college administrator, manager or supervisor
- Do not bathe, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing. Timely and prompt reporting of a sexual assault within 72 hours is critical in preserving evidence important in proving a criminal case against the assailant.
- Seek medical attention immediately regardless of whether you report the matter to the police. Local hospitals include:
- You may file a police report with the appropriate law enforcement agency. For on campus incidents contact the Grand Rapids Police Department at 911, or the non-emergency dispatch number at 218-326-3477. Contact Richard Kangas, Dean of Student & Administrative Services at 218-322-2319 if you would like assistance filing a police report.
- Contact any of the following for support, assistance and referral:
- Support Within Reach, 1325 NW 4th Street, Grand Rapids, MN, 218-326-5008 or 1-866-747-5008 (24 hours)
- Itasca Community College Counseling Department located in the Student Services Office in Backes Student Center, CC107, 218-322-2320
- You may request that the college make arrangements to reduce contact between you and the alleged assailant, such as attempt to provide a change in classes and/or academic schedules, working arrangements, or other appropriate remedial measures. These options are available regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to law enforcement or campus authorities.
- You have the right to petition for an Order for Protection (OFP) or a Harassment Restraining Order (HRO). Support Within Reach and the Grand Rapids Police Department have information and support available on how to file for and request an OFP or HRO.
- You may contact the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board at 651-201-7300 which provides financial help to victims and their families for losses incurred as a result of a violent crime.
To Whom and When does Itasca Community College's and Minnesota State's Sexual Violence Policy Apply?
This policy applies to:
- The conduct of all Itasca Community College students and employees when they are on college property or participating in any Itasca Community College course or sponsored activity.
- The conduct of individuals who are not Itasca Community College students or employees who come on college sites.
- The off-campus conduct of students and employees if it results in a
hostile educational or work environment for Itasca Community College
students or employees.