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     “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

Title IX has become a powerful tool on college campuses for combatting sexual offenses and gender discrimination. While Title IX is widely known for it’s role in opportunities in athletics, the arm of Title IX reaches farther to affect pregnant, gender non-conforming, and any other student that feels opportunities, services, and environments were altered because of their gender. For more information on Title IX visit Titleix.org.

Century College is committed to providing a learning environment free from harassment and discrimination. Should you need assistance, support or information regarding Title IX at Century College you can contact a member of our Title IX Team.

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.

Title IX Team

Jenn Rassett
Director of Student Life and Leadership Development & Title IX Coordinator

Kristin Hageman
Dean of Student Services

Aarin Distad
Assistant Director of First Year Programming & Investigator

Max Poessnecker
Associate Director of Student Life and Director of the LGBTQ Center

Stephanie Voss
Assistant to Dean

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

File a complaint based on sexual misconduct here. 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.

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 in the Advising, Counseling and Career Center 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 Jenn Rassett, Title IX Coordinator or a personal counselor in the Advising, Counseling and Career Center.

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.
  • You can visit Century College Health Services for basic medical care.
  • The closest urgent medical care is St. John’s Hospital.
  • SOS Sexual Violence Services can provide medical onsite advocacy for hospitals in Ramsey County (Regions, St. Joseph’s, and St. John’s Hospitals). They can be reached 24-hours a day at 651-266-1000.
  • 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 651-747-4000 (or 4000) for Century College Campus Safety

Emotional Wellbeing; Counseling & Support Services

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

To find out about support services and accommodations on campus, contact Jenn Rassett, 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.

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Other Areas Protected by Title IX

Athletics

Title IX requires that institutions that receive Federal funding allow for equal treatment in three aspects of athletics: participation opportunities, athletic scholarships, and treatment of student athletes and teams (sometimes known as the “laundry list”).

Participation is the first prong of Title IX and it requires that participation opportunities are equitable to enrollment statistics. What is commonly known as the “three-part test” was established to evaluate institutional compliance with the Title IX participation prong (learn more about the three-part test).

Athletic scholarships are not valid at Century College. We are a members of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III which is non-scholarship.

The third prong is treatment. Treatment includes practice schedules, facilities, equipment, supplies, publicity, coaching, budgets, and other areas that contribute to the experience of the student athlete. Title IX does not require that each team receive exactly the same treatment, but it looks at the entirety of the treatment the programs receive as a whole.

Learn more information about Title IX and athletics.

Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA)

This required higher education institutions that are federally funded to submit an annual report on athletic participation, staffing, and finances (read about Century College-specific information). More information on the EADA can be found via the U.S. Department of Education

Pregnancy and Parenting Students

Title IX protects students in all of the academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, 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, Century 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

You can find additional information about the rights of pregnant students by referencing the Department of Education. Should you have questions about how Title IX and Century College please contact Jenn Rassett, 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. Century 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 Century 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 pronoun policy), gender-neutral restrooms, and activities.

Should you experience gender discrimination on campus you can contact Jenn Rassett, Title IX Coordinator or the Director of the LGBTQ Center. Learn more about the gender discrimination process.