• Sexual Violence Prevention

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    Sexual Violence Prevention Week 2012 

    Sexual Violence Prevention Summary 
    Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force 
    Sexual Violence Definitions
    Who Do I Contact?


    Hamline University's Sexual Violence Prevention Week 2012 is April 21st-29th and is sponsored by the campuswide Sexual Violence Prevention Taskforce. The week focuses on education, advocacy, awareness and prevention of sexual violence on campus and in the community. For more information, click here for a detailed list of events.

    Sexual Violence Prevention Summary

    Sexual Assault includes any unwanted sexual contact between a victim and an offender. This contact may or may not include force. Examples are verbal threats, grabbing and fondling. Both women and men, of any age, can become victims of sexual assault.

    An act of sexual assault may be committed by a stranger or an acquaintance. In either case, we encourage you to take immediate action. This was not your fault. Your first thought should be to take care of yourself.

    Tell someone you trust, such as a friend, a faculty person, your hall director or RA, a family member or counselor. They can provide support and accompany you to other services.

    Seek immediate medical attention. If necessary, medical personnel can confidentially screen for injury and evidence. These exams are completely confidential and their results are not given to the police unless you give permission.

    Regions Hospital (651-254-3306) is located at 640 Jackson in St. Paul. Information about the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) program can be found at 651-254-1611. You may go to the Regions ED by yourself or with a friend. You may also call your area Police Department (St. Paul) at 651-291-1111 or 911 for protection and transportation to the hospital.

    If possible, DO NOT change clothes, bathe, shower, brush your teeth or go to the bathroom before going to the ED. If you must change your clothes, bring clothing worn during the assault with you, preferably placing each item in a separate bag. Also bring any tampon or pad worn. If you must urinate, void small amount of urine into a cup, and bring it with you. DO NOT wipe after urinating.

    You will be met at Regions ED by an Sexual Offense Services counselor (S.O.S.) and a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.). The S.O.S. counselor will provide emotional support and confidential counseling. The S.A.N.E. nurse will provide sensitive and expert medical care.

    Before your counseling and medical care begins, your options will be completely explained, and you may agree to or refuse any options discussed. All care provided is confidential. You will be asked to sign a consent form for the care to be provided.

    With the occasional exception of a few preventative medications, there is no charge for care related to sexual assault at Regions Hospital ED. Regions ED is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Immediate emotional support and/or ongoing professional counseling is helpful in dealing with the effects of your traumatic experience. This is also true for friends of someone who has experienced an assault.


    Sexual assault is a crime. Your safety and protection are important. Call the police 651-291-1111 (St. Paul), 911 or Hamline Security 651-523-2100 for protection and to report the assault.

    You may file charges both through the Hamline University disciplinary process and through the State court system. To get information about the campus judicial process, contact the Associate Dean of Students 651-523-2134.

    Information about Hamline's sexual violence policy is available.

    Sexual violence is a devastating event in any life. If you think you have been sexually assaulted or raped, you will find compassionate and knowledgeable support and help from the counseling and nursing staff at Hamline University's Counseling and Health Services office, located in Manor, Room 16.

    Hamline University encourages individuals who believe they have been sexually assaulted to pursue criminal action against the alleged perpetrator of the sexual assault. An individual may pursue criminal action and an internal campus complaint concurrently. Retaliation against an individual who brings a complaint or participates in an investigation of sexual assault or pursues legal action is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Victims of sexual violence have these rights:

    To file criminal charges with local law enforcement officials;

    To receive the prompt assistance of Hamline authorities upon request of the victim in notifying appropriate law enforcement;

    To an investigation and resolution of a sexual violence complaint by Hamline disciplinary or judicial authorities;

    To participate in and to have an attorney or other support person at any Hamline disciplinary proceeding concerning a sexual violence complaint;

    To be promptly notified of the outcome of a Hamline disciplinary proceeding (subject to the limitations of state and federal laws relating to data privacy practices);

    To the assistance of Hamline authorities, at the direction of law enforcement authorities, in obtaining, securing and maintaining evidence in connection with a sexual assault incident;

    To the assistance of Hamline authorities in preserving complaint or victim materials relevant to a Hamline disciplinary proceeding;

    To the assistance of Hamline authorities in cooperating with the appropriate law enforcement authorities and, at the victim's request, in shielding the victim from unwanted contact with the alleged assailant, including transfer of the victim to alternative classes or to alternative university-owned housing (if alternative classes or houses are available and feasible); and

    To seek assistance from the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board and the Minnesota Crime Victims Ombudsman.

    You may file charges both through the Hamline University disciplinary process and through the State court system. To get information about the campus judicial process, contact the Dean of Students 651-523-2134.

    Detailed information about Hamline's sexual violence policy is available.

    Contact us for more information about the Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force.
    Call the Dean of Students Office: 651-523-2421.

    Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force


    The Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force recognizes that sexual violence is a serious issue and interferes with the ability of Hamline’s community to succeed in accomplishing its mission. In recognition of this campus issue, our multidisciplinary task force seeks to address sexual violence through creating and coordinating policies, procedures, and programming for prevention and response which reflect an expectation of non-violence, respect, and safety for all members of our community.

    Sexual Violence Prevention Taskforce Members 2011-2012

    •  Kevin Barta: International Student Specialist/Assistant Director
    •  Jaimie Bennett: Registered Nurse in Counseling and Health Services, trained as an SOS advocate and as a SANE.
    •  Kathy Burleson: Faculty in Biology and Women’s studies
    •  Mike Gerold: Residential Life Area Director
    •  Rachel Johnson: CLA student and facilitator of VOICE, a student led sexual assault support group
    •  Thressa Johnson: CLA student, Social Justice Theatre member and Co-founder of  “Students Preventing Sexual Violence”, SPSV
    •  Sharon Jones: Visiting Clinical Professor at the Law School-teaching a clinic on representing victims of domestic violence in orders of protection, SVC board member.
    •  Becky Kaarbo: Coordinator of Campus programs in Student Leadership and Activities
    •  Patti Klein: Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Campus Life Programs
    •  Carolyn Levy: Professor in Theatre Arts, created and directs “Until Someone Wakes Up”- play on sexual assault viewed by all first year students, teaches FYSEM/Women’s Studies class on “Living in a Rape Culture”
    •  Kelsey Kutzler: CLA student and “Students Preventing Sexual Violence”, SPSV member
    •  Kristin Mapel-Bloomberg: Director of Women’s Studies and faculty advisor for the Women’s Resource Center
    •  KJ Minnerath: CLA student and facilitator of VOICE, a student led sexual assault support group
    •  Tim Ostroot: Assistant Athletic Director/Academic Coordinator
    •  Amanda Parent: CLA student and “Students Preventing Sexual Violence”, SPSV member
    •  Matt Petersen: CLA student, New Student Mentor Lead Team, Service Learning/volunteer Leader and Co-founder of  “Students Preventing Sexual Violence”, SPSV
    •  Sharon Press: Director of Dispute Resolution Institute and Associate professor of Law
    •  Hussein Rajput: Director of Counseling and Health Services
    •  Nancy Victorin-Vangerud: Chaplain, Director of the Wesley Center
    •  Steph Wilenchek: Assistant Director for Gender and Sexual Orientation Initiatives, Hedgeman Center


    Sexual Violence Definitions

    Coercion: exerting an unreasonable degree of pressure, duress, or cajoling when reasonably aware that physical sexual conduct is unwelcome.

    Consent: Words or specific actions by a person that are intended to communicate a current, freely made agreement to perform or experience a sexual act with a particular person.

    Force: Use of physical force, threats, intimidation or coercion to commit sexual assault

    Incapacitated: Unable to consent to sexual activities due to use of alcohol or drugs impairing judgment, developmental disabilities, lack of consciousness, or similar temporary conditions.

    Intimidation: The use of power or authority to compel the recipient to acquiesce or cooperate.

    Person in a Position of Authority: Any University administrator, dean, director, assistant director or officer of the University, specifically including the Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of the Law School, Residential Life professional staff, and Safety and Security staff. RAs are not considered persons in authority; although RAs are required to report incidents to their area director.

    Physical Force: Intentional physical impact upon another, use of physical restraint or use of a weapon.

    Sexual Assault: Intentional sexual conduct with another person occurring without that person’s consent.

    Sexual Contact: includes but is not limited to sexual touching including kissing, intentional touching of the breasts, buttocks, vagina, penis or intrafemoral area in a sexual manner, and/or penetration of the anus, mouth or vagina with the penis, finger or other object in a sexual manner, or coercion to force someone else to touch one’s genitals, buttocks, breast, or intrafemoral area. These definitions apply whether the person being touched is fully clothed, partially clothed or unclothed.

    Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:

    1. Submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition either implicitly or explicitly, of obtaining their education
    2. Submission or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting that individual's education; or
    3. That conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's employment or education, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.

    Sexually Inappropriate Conduct: Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, or directed at a person because of their gender, which does not rise to the level of harassment or assault but which is disruptive or offensive to a reasonable person of a background similar to the recipient. This conduct may include crude, obscene or threatening gestures, unwelcome sexual comments, and seeking invasive proximity to an individual (stalking).

    Threats: the use of statements, directly or by implication, that are intended to compel the recipient to do something they would not do by suggesting, promising or stating that negative consequences would result from the recipient failing to acquiesce or cooperate. 

    List of Related Policies

    Sexual Misconduct Policy
    Hamline University collects its policies that address sexual misconduct by and towards students into one policy. These include the policy against Sexual Assault of Students, the Policy against Sexual Harassment Amongst Students, the Policy Against Sexually Inappropriate Conduct and Prohibition Against Reprisal (collectively "Sexual Misconduct Policies"). These Sexual Misconduct Policies contain procedures for handling complaints of sexual assault, sexual harassment or sexually inappropriate conduct.

    Discrimination and Harassment Policy The fundamental principle underlying this policy is that an academic community must be open to discourse and full participation by each of its members. Discrimination or harassment designed to silence, stigmatize, marginalize, or exclude any individual is not only unjust and unfair, but also is incompatible with the university mission to educate and to seek truth.

    Response to Crimes Against Persons
    Unfortunately there may be times when Hamline students will be victims of crimes such as assault. The purpose of these guidelines is to provide information and suggestions for victims of such crimes.

    Student Judicial System
    The sections preceding and including "Interim Suspension" apply to all undergraduate, law, and graduate students. The sections including and following "Judicial Process" through "Disciplinary Records" outline the undergraduate and graduate judicial process only. Law students should refer to the "Code of Conduct" section of the School of Law policies.

    Violence Prevention Policy
    Hamline University does not tolerate acts of violence committed by or against any members of the campus community. Hamline University strictly prohibits employees and students from making threats or engaging in violent acts. This policy applies to all employees and students and to all physical locations where Hamline University meets or otherwise has a physical presence.

    Please refer to the complete list of Hamline Policies for more information.

    Who Do I Contact?

    General On-Campus Resources

    Safety and Security Office (24/7)


    Dean of Students Office


    Confidential On-Campus Resources

    Counseling and Health Services


    Religious and Spiritual Life in the Wesley Center


    Off-Campus Resources

    Saint Paul Police

    911 or 651-291-1111

    Sexual Offense Services (SOS) - 24 hour crisis line


    Region Hospital SANE Nurse


    Hennepin County Medical Center


    Battered Women's Crisis Line




    Aurora Center
    Aurora Center Information
    Sexual Assault Information Packet
    Sexual Assault Statistics
    Sexual Offense Services
    Information for Male Victims
    Information for Friends and Family of Victims