Complainant Rights

After Reporting an Incident

Following a report of sexual violence, the complainant must be promptly notified of the availability of a campus or local program providing sexual assault advocacy services and information on free legal resources and services.

The following advocacy services are available:

WSU Confidential Advocate Jessica Schulz
507. 457.2956

Advocacy Center of Winona
24-hour crisis line: 507.452.4453
Main Office: 507.452.4440

Olmstead County Victim Services
24-hour crisis line: 507.289.0636
Main Office: 507.328.7270

At the time the complaint is made, the Title IX Coordinator will:

  • inform the Complainant of the provisions of the Board Policy 1B.3 and the investigative procedure
  • provide a copy of or Web address for Board Policy 1B.3 and the procedure to the Complainant
  • determine whether other individuals are permitted to accompany the Complainant during investigatory interviews and the extent of their involvement
  • inform the Complainant of the provisions of Board Policy 1B.3 prohibiting retaliation
  • discuss the availability of supportive measures
  • explain the process for filing a formal Title IX complaint

On-going Rights

Complainants must also be notified of the following rights:

  1. Their right to file criminal charges with local law enforcement officials in sexual assault cases
  2. Their rights under the crime victims bill of rights, Minn. Stat. §§ 611A.01 – 611A.06, including the right to assistance from the Crime Victims Reparations Board and the commissioner of public safety
  3. The right to prompt assistance from campus officials, upon request, in notifying the appropriate campus investigating authorities and law enforcement officials, and assistance in obtaining, securing, and maintaining evidence in connection with a sexual violence incident
  4. The right to prompt investigation of a formal complaint
  5. The right to have an attorney or other support person who is not a fact witness to the sexual assault at any meeting with campus officials concerning the victim's sexual assault complaint or campus disciplinary proceeding concerning a sexual assault complaint
  6. The right, upon a sexual assault complainant’s request, to have the university or system office take action and other supportive measures to prevent unwanted contact with the alleged assailant, including, but not limited to, transfer of the complainant and/or the respondent to alternative classes, or to a work site or to alternative college-owned housing, if such alternatives are available and feasible
  7. The right, upon request, should the Complainant subsequently choose to transfer to another college or university to be provided with information about resources for victims of sexual assault at the college or university to which the Complainant is transferring
  8. The right to be notified of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding concerning their sexual assault complaint, consistent with laws relating to data practices