Report a Concern (Students)

Report a Concern

Report a Concern | File a Complaint | Report an Incident

At St. Kate’s, we value the health and safety of each individual as indicated by our mission and values as a Women’s-Centered, Catholic, Liberal Arts University committed to “Educating Women to Lead and Influence". As such, we encourage members of our community to report incidents or concerns related to student care, student conduct, sexual misconduct, and intimate partner violence. More information and links to file a report are below.

The University may be limited in responding to incidents unless we are provided sufficient information, and therefore, we ask that you share as much information as possible. We will respond, to the extent possible and appropriate, to all reports, including those reported anonymously.

University staff will review these reports and respond as quickly as possible, typically providing outreach to the reporting student within 3-5 business days. Please note that if this is an emergency or there is an immediate threat to health or safety, you should contact Public Safety at 651-690-8888 or dial 911.

False reporting and retaliation are serious violations of the St. Catherine University policy. We expect that all reports will be made in good faith. If an individual knowingly submits a false report or takes retaliatory action towards a reporter, witness, or other party involved, that individual is subject to disciplinary action by the University as outlined in our campus policies.

IMPORTANT ANNOUCEMENT

During the Fall 2022 semester, St. Kate’s will be implementing a series of new processes to more efficiently respond to student reports.  Specifically, on September 12th, the University will update reporting forms to reflect these new processes.  Before this date, students may still use the existing forms linked below.

While we are confident that any concern submitted here will reach the appropriate on-campus resources, you may encounter a brief delay as forms transition. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

How to Report

The purpose of this reporting center is to provide students with an efficient avenue to report complaints, concerns, and incidents that may arise during their time at St. Kate's.

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IMPORTANT: If the situation being reported presents an immediate threat to your safety or the safety of others, and emergency assistance is required, please contact the Department of Public Safety at 651-690-8888 or call 911.

Inclusive Excellence Resources

College or Department Specific Procedures

Some colleges and programs have specific procedures for resolving issues within the program. Click here for a list of links to program-specific procedures.

Report a Concern

Use this form to share a concern about yourself, another student, or a situation. This form is reviewed and managed by staff in the Office of Student Affairs. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Student Affairs at studentaffairs@stkate.edu or by calling 651-690-6778. The Office of Student Affairs is located in Derham 305 and maintains walk-in office hours from 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

A student concern is a situation or experience that inhibits the student's ability to function well in the University environment. Student concerns may include but are not limited to:

  • A health or other condition that requires a long absence from the University.
  • A mental or emotional health condition that causes the student to be a threat to self or others.
  • Behavior that is disruptive to the educational environment.
  • A traumatic event experienced by a student.

If your concern is related to reporting a Missing Person, we encourage you to contact Public Safety by calling 651-690-8888 at any time, day or night, or by texting through the LiveSafe app. Public Safety is available on-campus, in-person, 24/7/365.

Report a Concern

Report Student Conduct or Policy Violation

Community members are encouraged to use this form to submit information regarding alleged violations of University policies. This information will be reviewed by Student Affairs staff within two business days of report submission.  If you have questions about the contents of this form, please contact the Office of Student Affairs to report any incident that may violate any of the University’s policies or otherwise impact a student’s experience at St. Kate’s.

 

IMPORTANT: If the situation being reported presents an immediate threat to your safety or the safety of others, and emergency assistance is required, please contact the Department of Public Safety at 651-690-8888 or call 911.

 

Report Form for Student Conduct or Policy Violation

Student Non-Academic Policies

Report Bias, Harassment, Discrimination, General Harassment and Bullying

St. Catherine University is committed to cultivating an intentionally diverse and inclusive environment, where the dignity, worth and unique gifts of each community member are valued and respected. As part of that commitment, the University is committed to a work and educational environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, and bullying.

What is a Bias Incident?

A bias incident is an act of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation that are not crimes, violence, threats or property damage that is motivated in whole or in part by bias based on an individual’s or group’s actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Bias often stems from fear, misunderstanding, hatred, or stereotypes and may be intentional or unintentional.

Examples of Bias Incidents

Bias incidents can be verbal, physical, or visual. This language and behavior often contribute to or create an unsafe or unwelcoming environment. Some examples include:

  • Name-calling; using racial, ethnic, or other slurs to identify someone; or using degrading language.
  • Creating racist or derogatory images/drawings.
  • Imitating someone with a disability or imitating someone’s cultural norm or practice.

Students are encouraged to use the following form to report incidents of bias, discriminatory, harassing or bullying behaviors that may be a potential violation of the University’s Harassment, Discrimination, General Harassment, or Bullying Policy.

Your report will initiate the beginning of a fact-finding process to gather additional information and to determine the nature of any investigation that will be conducted by the University.

You are permitted to report incidents anonymously.  Please note that the University’s ability to respond effectively may be limited by the level of information provided and/or the anonymity of those who report. The University’s Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) meets every two weeks to review reports. A Bias Incident Response Team member will reach out to follow up after receiving reports.

Report Form for Bias, Harassment, Discrimination, General Harassment and Bullying

Inclusive Excellence Resources

Report Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct

St. Catherine University seeks to foster and maintain a community of mutual respect and concern for all of its members.

There can be no greater violation of the terms of that community, or of the essential dignity of any member of it, than an act of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or other forms of sexual misconduct described in this Policy. These acts constitute the deepest affront to University standards and will not be tolerated in any form.

The purpose of the form is to report Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and all other Title IX-related incidents. St. Kate’s also provides for anonymous reporting; however, the University may be limited in our ability to address and assist you.

The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators are notified when reports are made via this form. Typically, the details of the form submission will be reviewed no later than the next business day, and a response to the submitter shortly thereafter.

Report Form for Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Policy

Report an Academic Grievance

Academic Affairs manages academic grievances and complaints, which are defined by the Academic Grievance policy. The Office of Academic Advising documents and responds to Academic Grievance, which is an educational or personal issue or condition that a student believes to be unfair, inequitable, or a hindrance to her or his education.

The Student Academic Grievance form is used to file a grievance against a person or department/program for failure to follow procedures or academic issues, such as the failure of a faculty member to communicate with the student.

Before filing a grievance, students must discuss their concern(s) with the appropriate person(s) (instructor and department chair/program director/division chair).

If the matter is not resolved or if the student disagrees with the decision of the instructor and department chair/program director/division chair, complete this Academic Grievance form and submit their written decision with this grievance form.

Academic Grievance Form

Academic Grievance Policy

Grade Change Petition

Student Success – Student Support Services and Resources

File a Complaint

If you do not know which of the reports or forms are appropriate for your situation, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Affairs for clarification and guidance. Student Affairs can be reached at studentaffairs@stkate.edu or by calling 651-690-6778. The Office of Student Affairs is located in Derham 305 and maintains walk-in office hours from 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Appeal Process

As the University makes decisions related to reports, it is important for students to understand their rights after these decisions are made. Students are permitted to appeal most decisions made by the University, based on the circumstances involved, and encouraged to present their rationale for an appeal that will be considered by the appropriate appeal officers at the University.  Those reviewing student appeals will differ based on the type of situation and request (Grade appeals, academic grievance, Title IX, Code of Conduct, Bias, etc.)

If a student wishes to appeal a conduct-related decision with the Office of Student Affairs, students can refer to the Student Code of Conduct, and their conduct outcome letter, for more information regarding grounds and the process for an appeal.

Other specific processes to appeal University decisions will be outlined to you in their communication of the decision.  Please note that while many decisions are appealable, not all decisions made by the University are appealable.

If you have questions or concerns with appeals, please contact Student Affairs at studentaffairs@stkate.edu or by calling 651-690-6778. The Office of Student Affairs is located in Derham 305.

Other Resources

Student Services and Resources

Student Success at St. Kate's is a Students' "one-stop-shop" for academic feedback and student support services. Students can connect with their Academic Advisors, Guide Team Mentors, Instructors, and other connections in their Success Network. The Service Catalog presents a list of student support resources and services provided.

Student Success - My Success Network

 

Public Safety

The Public Safety Office is staffed 24 hours per day, year-round. Call 651-690-8888 at any time, day or night, or text us through the LiveSafe app.

Public Safety officers perform routine foot and vehicular patrols of all University property. All officers are certified in basic first aid, CPR, and the use of AED defibrillators.

Visit the Public Safety site for more information about their services.

Public Safety Website

Campus Safety Services (LiveSafe App)

Future Update for "Report a Concern" Page

Academic petitions processes

Academic Integrity processes

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