Sexual violence is an intolerable intrusion into the most personal and private rights of an individual, and it is prohibited at Riverland College. We are committed to eliminating sexual violence in all forms and will take appropriate remedial action against any individual found responsible for acts in violation of our policy. The Department of Education 2020 changes to Title IX regulations do not change this commitment.
“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 & 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. Types of sexual assault include:
Rape or forced sexual intercourse
Child sexual abuse
Unwanted sexual contact or exposure
Abusing power for sexual acts
What is Title IX?
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 Know Your IX.
Sexual violence is an intolerable intrusion into the most personal and private rights of an individual and is prohibited at Riverland Community College. Riverland Community College is committed to eliminating sexual violence in all forms and will take appropriate remedial action against any individual found responsible for acts in violation of this policy. Acts of sexual violence may also constitute violations of criminal or civil law, or other Board Policies that may require separate proceedings. To further its commitment against sexual violence, Riverland Community College provides reporting options, an investigative and disciplinary process, and prevention training or other related services as appropriate in accordance with Title IX federal law.
Title IX Team
Title IX Coordinator | Dean of Student Affairs
Building: Austin East Office: N207
1B.1 officer | Campus Diversity Officer | Director of Strategic Partnerships
Building: Austin West Office: A209
1B.3 officer | Director of Advocacy Services
Building: Austin East Office: Lower Level N003
Additional Sexual Violence Investigators
Building: Austin West Office: A225
Director of Advocacy Services
Austin East Building, Lower Level Room N003
For on campus assistance, contact the Safety Administrator, Mike Howe, at 507-433-0621, or Mike.Howe@riverland.edu; or the Title IX Coordinator, Chelsea Anderson at 507-433-0829, or email@example.com. They can assist you with filing a police report, if you choose to report to local police.
Do not bathe, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing. Timely and prompt reporting of a sexual assault is critical in preserving evidence and is important in proving a criminal case against the assailant.
You may file a police report with the appropriate law enforcement agency, by calling 911, or by calling the non-emergency dispatch number for Albert Lea Police 507-377-5210, Austin Police 507-437-9400, or Owatonna Police 507-444-3800.
Contact any of the following confidential resources for support, assistance and referral: Riverland Counselors, Paul Anderson, Austin & Albert Lea, 507-433-0698, or Jeanne Poppe, Austin & Owatonna, 507-433-0518; Freeborn County Crime Victims Crisis Center, 203 W Clark St., Albert Lea, MN 56007-1246, 507-373-2223; Mower County Crime Victims Resource Center, 101 14th St NW, Austin, MN 55912, 507-437-6680; and Steele County Crisis Resource Center, 125 W Front St, Owatonna, MN 55060, 507-451-1202.
If you are a witness to sexual violence, we encourage you to call 911 immediately to report the crime. We also encourage you to contact the College Safety Administrator or the Title IX Coordinator to report the crime. Remain with the victim until help arrives.
You may request that the college make arrangements to reduce contact between you and the alleged assailant, such as providing a change in classes and/or academic schedules, working arrangements, or other appropriate 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). The Safety Administrator, Title IX Coordinator or College Counselors could assist you with arranging those.