Reporting an Incident of Sexual Misconduct, and Resources for Victims/Survivors

Rasmussen College Policy

Rasmussen College policy strongly condemns and expressly prohibits sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual harassment, and stalking.  The full Title IX and Policy Against Sexual Misconduct can be found in the College Catalog/Addendum.

Reporting an Incident to the College

Anyone—whether a student, employee, bystander, witness, or other third-party—may report an incident of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual harassment, or stalking.  A report may be made through the Online Reporting System, to college authorities, external resources, or to law enforcement. Contact information for all of these options is provided below.

Confidentiality: Reports made through the Online Reporting System or to college personnel will be kept confidential within the scope of the investigation and to the extent allowed under law, but confidentiality cannot be guaranteed in every circumstance.

Please click below to view important information regarding Victim's/Survivor's Rights and Options:

  • Victim’s/Survivor’s Rights and Options

Victims/Survivors have the following rights and options under Rasmussen College policy.

  1. If sexual assault is alleged, the Victim/Survivor is strongly encouraged to preserve physical evidence of the sexual assault.  No attempt should be made to bathe, change clothes, or otherwise clean prior to examination by a medical practitioner to make determinations regarding sexual assault.  The preservation of physical evidence is very important for any criminal or civil action that the Victim/Survivor may choose to pursue against the Respondent, and will also be useful in a College complaint Investigation and resolution process.  A medical forensic examination shall be completed at no cost to the Victim/Survivor, and may be conducted at any medical facility.  A list of medical facilities near each campus can be found below.
  2. Victims/Survivors are strongly encouraged to create a detailed written summary of the incident while the memory is still clear.
  3. The Victim/Survivor has a right to privacy, which includes the decision whether to report or not report an alleged incident to the College, law enforcement, both, or neither.  At the request of the Victim/Survivor, College employees will promptly assist the Victim/Survivor in making a report.
  4. College personnel must treat a Victim/Survivor with dignity, and shall not suggest to a Victim/Survivor that the Victim/Survivor is at fault for the crimes or violations that occurred, or that the Victim/Survivor should have acted in a different manner to avoid such a crime.
  5. A Victim/Survivor may contact, or request assistance from College personnel with accessing and navigating, fair and respectful health care, mental health, counseling, and advocacy services that are available in the Victim’s/Survivor’s area.  A list of services can be found below.
  6. Confidentiality and privacy will be maintained within the scope of the Inquiry, Investigation, and resolution processes and among College personnel involved therein, to the extent allowed under law, but cannot be guaranteed in every circumstance.
    1. Confidentiality and privacy are best protected when complaints are made through the Online Reporting System, to the Title IX Coordinator, or to the Vice President of Human Capital.  Complaints reported to other College employees other than work study students will be escalated, but confidentiality and privacy may be lessened due to the circumstances of the reporting.
    2. The College shall not disclose the identity of the Victim/Survivor or the Respondent, except as necessary to resolve the complaint or to implement interim protective measures and accommodations or when provided by State or federal law.
    3. A party to the complaint may share information with their advocate, or other support person who is not a fact witness.
    4. The accused party has due process rights, which include the right to be informed of the allegations and their source.
    5. In some circumstances, the College may need to warn the campus community or alert law enforcement of a continued threat of harm to others.
  7. The College will conduct an Inquiry into all complaints received.  This Inquiry may or may not lead to an Investigation and a report with findings and recommendations.  An Inquiry involves contacting the Complainant, and Victim/Survivor if they are not the same person, to collect further information about the complaint.  It may be possible to resolve some complaints informally between the parties by mutual agreement.  Based upon the Inquiry, the College may determine that a formal Investigation is appropriate.  An Investigation is led by the Title IX Coordinator, Vice President of Human Capital, or corporate counsel, and includes fact gathering and analysis, concluding with a written report detailing findings and recommendations based upon the preponderance of the evidence standard.
  8. The Victim/Survivor of an alleged sexual assault may decide when to repeat a description of the alleged sexual assault incident.
  9. Notice shall be provided to the Victim/Survivor of the outcome of any Inquiry or Investigation concerning a complaint, consistent with laws relating to data practices.
  10. At the direction of law enforcement authorities, college authorities shall assist in obtaining, securing, and maintaining evidence in connection with a sexual assault incident.
  11. College authorities shall assist the Victim/Survivor in preserving, in instances of alleged sexual assault, materials relevant to the Inquiry, Investigation, or any disciplinary proceeding.
  12. Interim protective measures (shielding):
    1. A Victim/Survivor or Respondent may request to the Title IX Coordinator, Vice President of Human Capital, corporate counsel, or other College employee that the College take interim protective measures as are reasonably available to shield or otherwise mitigate the potential for future unwanted interactions between the Victim/Survivor and Respondent during and after the complaint Inquiry, Investigation, and resolution processes.
    2. The College shall act promptly to institute interim protective measures, which may include:
      1. changes to classroom, academic, and college working situations, as they are available and feasible;
      2. obtaining and enforcing campus no contact orders; and
      3. cooperating with law enforcement authorities, and honoring an order of protection or no contact order entered by a State civil or criminal court.
  13. Retaliation is forbidden against Victims/Survivors, good-faith reporters, and certain other persons as outlined in Section G of these policies in the catalog.
  14. The Complainant, Victim/Survivor, and Respondent may have an advisor or support person of their choice who is not a fact witness accompany them to any meeting or proceeding related to an alleged violation of this policy.
    1. The advisor or support person must comply with all rules and College policies regarding their role. 
    2. Involvement of an advisor or support person shall not be permitted if it results in undue delay of the meeting or proceeding.
    3. The advisor or support person may not participate or contribute to a meeting or proceeding unless invited to participate or contribute by the College employee leading the meeting or proceeding.
    4. The advisor or support person may not engage in behavior or advocacy that harasses, abuses, or intimidates either party, a witness, or an individual resolving the complaint.
    5. The College may prohibit an advisor or support person from involvement for violations of this policy.
  15. The Victim/Survivor, Complainant, and the Respondent are entitled to simultaneous, written notification of the outcome of the Investigation, including information regarding appeal rights, within 7 days of a decision or sooner if required by State or federal law.
  16. A Victim/Survivor who subsequently chooses to transfer to another postsecondary institution may request that the College provide them with information about resources for Victims/Survivors of sexual assault at the institution to which the Victim/Survivor is transferring.
  17. Consistent with laws governing access to student records, a student who reported an incident of sexual assault will be provided access to the student's description of the incident as it was reported to the institution, including if that student transfers to another postsecondary institution.

Online Reporting System


College Authorities

The following individuals are primarily responsible for receiving reports under college policy.

To reach college authorities send an email to titleix@rasmussen.edu

Any college employee (other than work-study students) may receive a complaint and will escalate it to the appropriate College Authority.

External Resources:

  • Local Law Enforcement
  • Medical Facilities (Forensic Exams)
  • Victim's/Survivor's Support and Advocacy Resources

FLORIDA

  1. Fort Myers:
    • Lee County Sherriff’s Office
      14750 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy.
      Fort Myers, FL 33912
      Contact: Sergeant Scott Thompson
      Phone: (239) 477-1000
      http://www.sheriffleefl.org/main/

  2. Land O’ Lakes/East Pasco:
    • Pasco County Sheriff's Office
      8700 Citizens Drive
      New Port Richey, FL 34654
      Contact Person: Jeff Gray
      Phone number 727-815-7023
      General Phone: (727) 847-5878
      https://pascosheriff.com/

  3. New Port Richey/West Pasco:
    • Pasco County Sheriff's Office
      8700 Citizens Drive
      New Port Richey, FL 34654
      Contact Person: Jeff Gray
      Phone number 727-815-7023
      General Phone: (727) 847-5878
      https://pascosheriff.com/

  4. Ocala:
    • Ocala Police Department
      402 South Pine Avenue
      Ocala, FL 34471
      Phone number: 352- 369-7139
      http://www.ocalapd.com/

  5. Tampa/Brandon:
    • Tampa Police Department
      411 N. Franklin Street
      Tampa, FL 33602
      Phone Number (sex crimes): (813) 276-3544
      Phone Number (general, non-emergency): (813) 231-6130
      https://www.tampagov.net/police

ILLINOIS

  1. Centro de Aprendizaje:
  2. Aurora/Naperville:
  3. Mokena/Tinley Park:
  4. Rockford:
  5. Romeoville/Joliet:

KANSAS

  1. Overland Park:
  2. Topeka:

MINNESOTA

  1. Blaine:
  2. Bloomington:
  3. Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove:
    • Brooklyn Park Police Department
      5400 85th Avenue N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
      Inspector Shane DuPaul
      763-493-8222
      http://www.brooklynpark.org

  4. Eagan:
  5. Lake Elmo/Woodbury:
  6. Mankato:
  7. Moorhead:
  8. St. Cloud:

NORTH DAKOTA

  1. Fargo:

WISCONSIN

  1. Green Bay:
    • The Green Bay Police Department
      307 South Adams St. Green Bay, WI 54301
      Emergency contact 9-1-1
      Non-emergency Green Bay Police dispatch number (920) 391-7450
      Green Bay Police Department Administrative number (920) 448-3200
      http://www.gbpolice.org

  2. Wausau:

The following are Medical Facilities at which a medical forensic examination may be conducted for a Victim/Survivor of sexual assault.  This medical forensic examination is free of charge to the Victim/Survivor. Victim/Survivors who receive a bill for a medical forensic examination should contact one of the College Authorities listed in the reporting information.

FLORIDA

  1. Fort Myers:
  2. Land O’ Lakes/East Pasco:
  3. New Port Richey/West Pasco:
  4. Ocala:
  5. Tampa/Brandon:

ILLINOIS

  1. El Centro de Aprendizaje:
  2. Aurora/Naperville:
  3. Mokena/Tinley Park:
  4. Rockford:
  5. Romeoville/Joliet:
    • Sexual Assault Service Center - Guardian Angel Community Services
      168 N. Ottawa
      Joliet, Illinois  60432
      Contact: Donna Plier
      Phone: (815) 729-0930 x1330
      Hotline: (815) 730-8984
      Fax: (815) 744-6087
      TTY: (815) 744-6369
      http://www.gacsprograms.org

KANSAS

  1. Topeka:
  2. Overland Park:
    • Overland Park Regional Hospital
      10500 Quivira Rd
      Overland Park, KS 66215
      (913) 541-5562
      http://oprmc.com/

MINNESOTA

  1. Blaine:
  2. Bloomington:
  3. Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove
  4. Eagan:
  5. Lake Elmo/Woodbury:
  6. Mankato:
  7. Moorhead:
  8. St. Cloud:
    • Central MN Sexual Assault Center
      15 Riverside Drive NE
      St. Cloud MN  56304
      (320) 251-4537
      http://www.cmsac.org

NORTH DAKOTA

  1. Fargo:

WISCONSIN

  1. Green Bay:
  2. Wausau:

National and Community-Based Resources for Victim/Survivors

  1. NATIONAL:
    • National Sexual Assault/RAINN Hotline
      https://www.rainn.org/
      Phone: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).  Call 24/7 to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.  RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) partners with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country.  Or, chat online at online.rainn.org, y rainn.org/es

    • ACT (Abuse Counseling & Treatment, Inc.)
      24 hour Phone Hotline: (239) 939-3112
      Email:  act@actabuse.com

  2. FLORIDA:
    • Florida Commission on Human Relations
      2009 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 100
      Tallahassee, FL 32301
      Phone: 850-488-7082
      Toll-Free: 1-800-342-8170
      Fax: 850-488-5291
      http://fchr.state.fl.us/
      Email: fchrinfo@fchr.myflorida.com
      For Those with Communication Impairments:
      The Florida Relay Service Voice (statewide)
      711 TDD ASCII 800-955-1339
      TDD Baudot 800-955 – 8771

    • ACT (Abuse Counseling & Treatment, Inc.)
      24 hour Hotline (239) 939-3112
      Emergency Shelter (239) 939-3112
      Email:  act@actabuse.com

    • The Ocala Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Center Creative Services, Inc.
      P.O. Box 2193
      Ocala, Fl 34478
      Hotline: 352-622-8495
      Phone: 352-622-5919
      http://ocaladvshelter.org

    • The Centers
      5664 SW 60th Avenue
      Ocala, FL 34474
      24-HOUR CRISIS LINE: (352) 629-9595

    • Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
      1-800-500-1119

    • Florida Council Against Sexual Violence
      1-888-956-RAP

    • Florida Department of Children and Families
      The Florida Abuse Hotline:
      1-800-962-2873
      Suicide Prevention / Mental Health
      1-800-273-8255
      http://www.myflfamilies.com/

  3. ILLINOIS:
    • Confidential Advisors
      Rasmussen College provides Confidential Advisors to assist and support Victim/Survivors with navigating reporting choices and possible outcomes, available medical and counseling services, and related resources. A Confidential Advisor can also provide information about Victim’s/Survivor’s rights, including interim protective measures.

    • Mutual Ground
      418 Oak Ave.
      Aurora, IL 60506
      Sexual Assault Hotline: 630-897-8383 (24 hours)
      Domestic Violence Hotline: 630-897-0080 (24 hours)
      Office: 630-897-0084
      http://www.mutualground.org/?page_id=143

    • Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling, Inc.
      4990 E. State Street
      Rockford, Illinois 61108
      24 Hours: (815) 636-9811
      http://www.rsaconline.org/index.html

    • Illinois Department of Human Rights
      James R. Thompson Center
      100 West Randolph Street, Suite 10-100
      Chicago, IL 60601
      312-814-6200
      217-785-5125 (TTY)
      https://www.illinois.gov/dhr/Pages/default.aspx

    • Care Clinics, Inc
      522 North Lake St.
      Aurora IL 60506
      630-896-4650
      https://www.careclinicsinc.com

    • Oasis Mental Health
      1900 E. Ogden Ave suite 106,
      Aurora IL 60504
      630-256-8007
      https://www.oasis-mental-health.com

    • Lifeline Behavioral Healthcare LTD
      18700 S. Wolf Road suite 220, Mokena, IL 60448
      708-928-5700
      http://www.lifelinebehavioralhealthcare.com

    • Prairie Medical Physicians Group
      18210 La Grange Rd, Tinley Park, IL 60487
      708-478-2021

    • Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
      4990 E, State Street
      Rockford IL
      24 HR line 815 636-9811
      http://rsaconline.org

  4. KANSAS:
  5. MINNESOTA:
  6. NORTH DAKOTA:
    • North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights
      Human Rights Division
      600 East Boulevard Ave., Dept 406
      Bismarck ND 58505-0340
      Phone: (701) 328-2660
      ND In-state toll-free: 1-800-582-8032
      TTY (Relay ND): 1-800-366-6888 or
      1-800-366-6889
      Fax: (701) 328-2031|
      http://www.nd.gov/labor/human-rights/index.html

    • North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services (CAWS)
      525 N. 4th St. Bismarck, ND 58501
      701-255-6240
      http://www.ndcaws.org

    • YWCA Emergency Shelter
      3000 S. University Drive
      Fargo, ND 58103
      701-232-3449
      Fax: 701-232-9408
      https://www.ywcacassclay.org

    • Prairie St. John’s
      510 4th Street S
      Fargo, ND 58103
      701-476-7200
      http://prairie-stjohns.com/

  7. WISCONSIN:

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