Discrimination Complaint Policies and Procedures

Persons with concerns about harassment or discrimination should contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 651-779-2939 or rosa.rodriguez@century.edu. A meeting will be scheduled with the Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator to discuss the situation and next steps of the process. You will also be provided with information on college and community resources.

For the complete Minnesota State 1B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education Policy click here. For the Report/Complaint of Discrimination/Harassment Investigation and Resolution (1B.1.1), click here.

Minnesota Policies and Procedures related to Nondiscrimination & Access

How to File a Complaint Against an Employee

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion encourages all members of the Century community to partner in ensuring an environment free of discrimination at all college-related activities and in the working and learning environment. Incidents of discrimination or discriminatory harassment (including sexual harassment) by college employees or visitors should be reported to the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO):

Rosa Rodriguez
Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator
651-779-2939
rosa.rodriguez@century.edu

A meeting will be scheduled with the CDO to discuss the situation and complaint process. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is located at: Century College, East Campus, E2512 and the mailing address is Century College, 3300 Century Ave., White Bear Lake, MN 55110. 

When responding to a complaint, disclosure of information and the identity of the complainant will be handled with sensitivity and in accordance with the Minnesota State policies and procedures and applicable Minnesota and federal laws. While not required, persons can use the form below to document their complaint.

For additional information on Title IX and Sexual Offenses, click here.

How to File a Complaint Against a Student

Persons with concerns of harassment or discrimination against a student should contact:

Kristin Hageman
Dean of Students
Office of Student Affairs
West Campus, W1485
651-773-1780
kristin.hageman@century.edu
Jenn Rassett
Title IX Coordinator
Office of Student Life
West Campus, W1211
651-747-4015
jennifer.rassett@century.edu

For additional information on the student complaint process and campus resources, see Title IX and Sexual Offenses and Student Conduct & Behavior.

Definitions

Affirmative Consent

Consent is informed, freely given, and mutually understood willingness to participate in sexual activity that is expressed by clear, unambiguous, and affirmative words or actions. It is the responsibility of the person who wants to engage in sexual activity to ensure that the other person has consented to engage in the sexual activity. Consent must be present throughout the entire sexual activity and can be revoked at any time. 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. A lack of protest, absence of resistance, or silence alone does not constitute consent, and past consent to sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent. The existence of a dating relationship between the people involved or the existence of a past sexual relationship does not prove the presence of, or otherwise provide the basis for, an assumption of consent. Whether the respondent has taken advantage of a position of influence over the complainant may be a factor in determining consent.

Dating, Intimate Partner, and Relationship Violence

Dating, Intimate Partner, and Relationship Violence is violence including 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 law.

Discrimination

Discrimination is conduct that is directed at an individual because of his or her protected class and that subjects the individual to different treatment by agents or employees so as to interfere with or limit the ability of the individual to participate in, or benefit from, the services, activities, or privileges provided by the system or colleges and universities or otherwise adversely affects the individual's employment or education.

Discriminatory Harassment

Discriminitory harassment is verbal or physical conduct that is directed at an individual because of his or her protected class, and that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent to have the purpose or effect of creating a hostile work or educational environment.

Employee

Employee means any individual employed by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, including all faculty, staff, administrators, teaching assistants, graduate assistants, residence directors and student employees.

Retaliation

Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, intentionally engaging in any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment against an individual because he or she:

  1. made a complaint under this policy;
  2. assisted or participated in any manner in an investigation, or process under this policy, regardless of whether a claim of discrimination or harassment is substantiated;
  3. associated with a person or group of persons who are disabled or are of a different race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or national origin; or
  4. Made a complaint or assisted or participated in any manner in an investigation or process with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights or other enforcement agencies, under any federal or stated nondiscrimination law, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Minnesota Human Rights Act, Minn. Stat. Ch. 363A, and their amendments.

Sexual Harassment

As required by law, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities further defines sexual harassment as a form of sexual discrimination which is prohibited by state and federal law. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education, evaluation of a student's academic performance, or term or condition of participation in student activities or in other events or activities sanctioned by the college or university; or
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions or other decisions about participation in student activities or other events or activities sanctioned by the college or university; or
  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of threatening an individual's employment; interfering with an individual's work or academic performance; or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

Sexual Assault

An actual, attempted, or threatened sexual act with another person without that person’s affirmative consent. 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 student codes of conduct and employee disciplinary standards. 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 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 of a person’s intimate parts (defined as primary genital area, groin, inner thigh, buttocks, or breast); or coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force another to touch a person’s intimate parts.
  • Offensive sexual behavior directed at another, such as indecent exposure or voyeurism.

Sexual Violence

Sexual Violence is 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.

Stalking

Stalking is conduct directed at a specific person that is unwanted, unwelcome, or unreciprocated and that would cause reasonable people to fear for their safety or the safety of others or to suffer substantial emotional distress.