Sexual Assault/Harassment Frequently Asked Questions
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault includes any intentional, unconsented, unwelcome physical contact or threat thereof of an intimate body part of another person, the sexual organs of another person or any part of another’s body with the intent of accomplishing a sexual act. Forcing or attempting to force another person to engage in sexual activity of any kind without his or her consent is considered sexual assault. It also includes unwanted, inappropriate disrobing of another person or purposeful exposure of one’s genitals to another without consent.
Sexual assault is governed by the Board of Control Policy
How do I report sexual assault?
If you are the victim of a sexual assault, contact the Michigan Tech’s Public Safety Office immediately at (906) 487-2216 or 911 and seek treatment and/or counseling through your doctor. You may also contact the Dean of Students (906) 487-2212, Counseling Services (906) 487-2538 or any of the Title IX Deputies or the University Title IX Coordinator.
What is the definition of sexual harassment?
It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.
Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.
Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).
The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.
How do I report sexual harassment?
Michigan Technological University encourages everyone to take action against harassment on campus. If a person considers the behavior of others to be unwelcome, he or she should immediately report the behavior to their immediate supervisor or someone in authority (such as a Dean or a Vice President), and contact the Institutional Equity Office to file a complaint.
Can I be terminated for filing a complaint of sexual harassment?
No. Retaliation against an employee or student after he or she has complained about harassment or cooperating in an investigation of harassment is unlawful and can lead to serious consequences. An act of retaliation against a Complainant or witness in an investigation is a violation of the University’s Sex Discrimination / Harassment Policy. Any such retaliation constitutes a separate basis for a complaint, even if the initial complaint was found to be unsubstantiated or dismissed.
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities that receive Federal funds. It states: “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 education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.