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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Sexual Harassment

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Per Minnesota State/MSU' s Policy sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination which is prohibited by state and federal law. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education, evaluation of a student's academic performance, or term or condition of participation in student activities or in other events or activities sanctioned by the college or university; or
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions or other decisions about participation in student activities or other events or activities sanctioned by the college or university; or
  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of threatening an individual's employment; interfering with an individual's work or academic performance; or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

The Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX is responsible for investigating allegations brought by faculty, staff, and/or students who believe they have been harassed or discriminated against because they are a member of a protected group under Minnesota State’s 1B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy and 1B.1.1 Procedure.


  1. Minnesota State Policy: 1B.1 Equal Oppurtunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education
  2. Minnesota State Procedure: 1B.1.1 Report/Complaint of Discrimination/Harassment Investigation and Resolution
  3. MSU Form: [PDF] Complaint Form (378 KiB)
  4. Minnesota State Policy: 1B.2 Affirmative Action in Employment
  5.  [PDF] 1B.1 Flowchart (186 KiB)
  6. Investigation FAQ's

What Can I Do

What can I do if I am the target of discrimination or harassment?

If you feel physically threatened, remove yourself from the situation and seek help immediately from University Security at 389-2111, or dial 911 for the Mankato Police Department.

If the situation is not physically threatening, and you feel comfortable talking to the individual, tell them you’re offended by the comment or behavior and ask them to stop.

 If you’re not comfortable talking directly to the individual, you can identify a third party whom you and the other individual mutually respect and ask for their assistance in helping the two of you talk through the behavior and why you found it offensive. 

 You should document incidents of discrimination and harassment immediately after they occur – who, when, where, what was said or done, and the names of any witnesses. 

To submit a complaint please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX at 507-389-2986. 

Minnesota State University, Mankato fully abides by all state and federal laws, including Title IX and the Minnesota Human Rights Act.