Report an Incident

If you would like to report an incident of sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, or related misconduct, contact the Title IX Office and/or complete the Sexual Violence Reporting Form.

Report to Law Enforcement - Criminal Process

If You Decide to Report the Incident to Police

  • Contact the police in the municipality where the sexual assault took place as they have jurisdiction to investigate. If you are unsure, contact the Campus Security and they will assist you.
  • If the assault occurred on university property, contact the Campus Security or Minot Police Department. The Minot Police Department non-emergency number is 701-858-0111.
  • Although a patrol officer is generally the first to respond, a trained detective will do the investigation. Police, in order to investigate the crime, will interview the survivor, collect evidence from the crime scene, receive the evidence obtained at the hospital, take a formal statement and protect the survivor’s anonymity.
  • The survivor is entitled to request the presence of a Victim Advocate during the interview. If you would like to speak with an advocate or have an advocate present, contact the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, 701-852-2258.
  • The interview will usually focus on the events prior to the initial contact with the assailant, a detailed account of the behavior and words used by the survivor and the assailant, a detailed account of the assault and a description of the assailant.

Prosecution
There are many steps that occur from the time a survivor reports to the final outcome of a prosecution. If the criminal charge is pursued further, the police and/or an advocate can talk with you about next steps.

  • Sexual assault is a crime that is prosecuted by the state. The survivor is assigned an attorney from the Prosecutor’s Office where the assault took place.
  • Once the police finish their investigation, all evidence is turned over to the Prosecutor’s Office, where it is reviewed and then make decisions regarding the case.
  • The survivor becomes a witness, if the case moves forward.
  • The law also limits the admissible evidence concerning the survivor’s prior sexual activity.
  • There are several steps to the prosecution process including issuance of a warrant, arrest, arraignment, grand jury and the trial. Some steps require the survivor’s presence in court.

Title IX-University Process

The following section outlines the University investigation process. The University investigation process is separate from that of a criminal process, and students can choose to participate in both processes, participate in just one of the processes, or elect not to participate in either process.

Investigation Process
Following receipt of notice of a potential violation of this Policy, the Title IX Coordinator will immediately gather as much information as possible to determine the appropriate means for addressing the report.

Options for addressing reports include, but are not limited to: (1) investigating the report, (2) attempting to resolve the report through an informal process, or (3) determining that the facts of the report, even if true, would not constitute a violation of this Policy.

If a report proceeds to an informal resolution or an investigation, or if the Complainant requests interim remedial measures that might affect the Respondent (such as a “no contact” order, moving the Respondent’s University housing or changing an academic schedule), the Title IX Coordinator will provide the Respondent with written notice that a report has been filed. The notice will include a description of the allegations and the Respondent’s rights and options under this Policy.

Interim Remedial Measures
The University wants to ensure that students reporting an incident feel safe on-campus. Even if a student decides not to move forward with a University or criminal investigation, they are still entitled to different interim measures which can help create a safer environment. Some of these measures include:

  • Changing his/her living situation, include moving into another residence facility.
  • Assisting the student survivor with exploring options to address academic concerns.
  • Providing access to tutoring or other academic support; and/or
  • Issuing a “no contact” order.

Informal Resolution
Informal resolution can take place during the preliminary investigation, the formal investigation, or after its conclusion. If, based on the information known about the incident, the Title IX Coordinator believes such a resolution is possible, the Title IX Coordinator will contact the Complainant. If the Complainant agrees, the Title IX Coordinator will then contact the Respondent. If both Complainant and Respondent are satisfied with the proposed resolution and the Title IX Coordinator believes the resolution satisfies the University’s obligation to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all students, the resolution will be implemented, the disciplinary process will be concluded, the matter will be closed and both parties will be provided with written notice of the resolution. If these efforts are unsuccessful, the investigation and/or disciplinary process will continue. Before starting these discussions, the Title IX Coordinator will notify the Complainant and Respondent in writing that each has the right to end the informal process at any time.

Investigation
For all reports that proceed to investigation, the Title IX Coordinator will designate a trained investigator (or team of investigators) to interview and gather relevant evidence from the Complainant, Respondent and any witnesses. The investigator will also work with Campus Security and other campus offices to gather pertinent documentary materials (if any) and other relevant information.

The investigator will prepare written statements for each interviewee. The Complainant, Respondent and witnesses will have the opportunity to review their own statement and provide the investigator with corrections or revisions prior to the conclusion of the investigation.

The Title IX Coordinator will review the investigation report and determine whether the information gathered supports charging the Respondent with having violated this Policy by engaging in prohibited conduct. The Title IX Coordinator or their designee will meet separately with both parties to review the investigation report and Title IX Coordinator’s determination. The Respondent and Complainant will each receive one copy of the report.

If the Title IX Coordinator determines that the Respondent is responsible for violating this Policy, the Title IX Coordinator will forward the investigation report and notice of violation to the Vice President for Student Affairs (responsibility for students).