Complainant Rights

After Reporting an Incident

Following a report of sexual violence, the complainant must be promptly notified of:

  1. Where and how to obtain immediate medical assistance. Complainants should be informed that timely reporting and a medical examination within 72 hours are critical in preserving evidence of sexual assault and proving a criminal or civil case against a perpetrator. Complainants should be told, however, that they may report incidents of sexual violence at any time.
  2. Where and how to report incidents of sexual violence to local law enforcement officials, and/or appropriate college, university, or system contacts for employees, students, and others. Such contacts should be identified by name, location, and phone number for 24-hour availability, as applicable.
  3. Resources for where and how complainants may obtain on- or off-campus counseling, mental health or other support services.

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. 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. Availability of prompt assistance from campus officials, upon request, in notifying the appropriate campus investigating authorities and law enforcement officials, and, at the direction of law enforcement authorities, assistance in obtaining, securing, and maintaining evidence in connection with a sexual violence incident
  4. Assistance available from campus authorities in preserving for a sexual violence complainant materials relating to a campus disciplinary proceeding
  5. Complaints of incidents of sexual violence made to campus security authorities must be promptly and appropriately investigated and resolved
  6. Upon a sexual assault complainant’s request, the college, university, or system office may take action 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. Upon the request of the complainant, students who reported sexual assaults to the college or university and subsequently chose to transfer to another college or university will be provided with information about resources for victims of sexual assault at the college or university to which the complainant is transferring.