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Campus Security:

*Note: Our Security Department is independent of the police. Police reports are encouraged; however, reports are not required for information and referral assistance.

Counseling Services:
  • 1-866-726-5267
Campus Ministry:
  • Rev. Thomas Gundermann, Chaplin: 651-641-8213
Title IX Coordinator:
  • Cheryl Chatman (Coordinator) 651-603-6151
  • Sara Mulso (Deputy Coordinator) 651-641-8857
Student Life
  • Jason Rahn, Dean of Students: 651-641-8706
  • Heidi Goettl, Assistant Dean of Students & Residence Life Manager: 651-641-8704


Community Resources

Community Resources

CSP Campus & Community Resources Brochure:
MN Department of Health Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Portal:
Sexual Offense Services (SOS):
  • 651-643-3006 (24-hr Hotline)
Sexual Violence Center
  • 612-871-5111 (24-hr Hotline)
Rape & Sexual Abuse Center
  • 612-825-4357 (24-hr Hotline)
    *For Male and Female Survivors
CLUES (Latino Community):
  • 612-746-3537 (24-hr Number)
Crisis Connection:
  • 612-379-6363 (24-hr Hotline)
  • 612-379-6367 (24-hr Men’s Hotline)
Law Enforcement Numbers:

St. Paul Police:

  • General: 651-291-1111
  • Family & Sexual Violence Unit: 651-266-5685
  • Ramsey County Sheriff: 651-266-9330
  • Regions
    651-254-5000 (ER)
    640 Jackson St
    St. Paul, MN 55101
  • United
    651-220-8755 (ER)
    280 North Smith Ave
    St. Paul, MN 55102
  • St. Joseph
    651-232-3348 (ER)
    45 West 10th St
    St. Paul, MN 55102


Sexual Violence Reporting

Sexual Assault Definition

Sexual Assault includes any unwanted sexual contact between a victim and an offender. This contact may or may not include force. Examples are verbal threats, grabbing and fondling. Both women and men, of any age, can become victims of sexual assault.

An act of sexual assault may be committed by a stranger or an acquaintance. In either case, we encourage you to take immediate action. This was not your fault. Your first thought should be to take care of yourself.

Sexual Violence Definitions

Coercion: exerting an unreasonable degree of pressure, duress, or cajoling when reasonably aware that physical sexual conduct is unwelcome. 

Consent: Words or specific actions by a person that are intended to communicate a current, freely made agreement to perform or experience a sexual act with a particular person. 

Force: Use of physical force, threats, intimidation or coercion to commit sexual assault 

Incapacitated: Unable to consent to sexual activities due to use of alcohol or drugs impairing judgment, developmental disabilities, lack of consciousness, or similar temporary conditions. 

Intimidation: The use of power or authority to compel the recipient to acquiesce or cooperate. 

Person in a Position of Authority: Any University administrator, dean, director, assistant director or officer of the University, specifically including the Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of the Law School, Residential Life professional staff, and Safety and Security staff. RAs are not considered persons in authority; although RAs are required to report incidents to their area director. 

Physical Force: Intentional physical impact upon another, use of physical restraint or use of a weapon. 

Sexual Assault: Intentional sexual conduct with another person occurring without that person’s consent. 

Sexual Contact: includes but is not limited to sexual touching including kissing, intentional touching of the breasts, buttocks, vagina, penis or intrafemoral area in a sexual manner, and/or penetration of the anus, mouth or vagina with the penis, finger or other object in a sexual manner, or coercion to force someone else to touch one’s genitals, buttocks, breast, or intrafemoral area. These definitions apply whether the person being touched is fully clothed, partially clothed or unclothed. 

Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when: 

  1. Submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition either implicitly or explicitly, of obtaining their education 
  2. Submission or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting that individual's education; or 
  3. That conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's employment or education, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment. 

Sexually Inappropriate Conduct: Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, or directed at a person because of their gender, which does not rise to the level of harassment or assault but which is disruptive or offensive to a reasonable person of a background similar to the recipient. This conduct may include crude, obscene or threatening gestures, unwelcome sexual comments, and seeking invasive proximity to an individual (stalking). 

Threats: the use of statements, directly or by implication, that are intended to compel the recipient to do something they would not do by suggesting, promising or stating that negative consequences would result from the recipient failing to acquiesce or cooperate.

If You Think You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

Providing information is the only way the University can take action against an alleged assailant. Anyone may choose to file a report of sexual misconduct at any time, however you are strongly encouraged to notify a University official of an assault as soon as possible. Reporting within 72 hours will help ensure the student receives appropriate medical attention and emotional support.

The University reserves the right to take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to an allegation of sexual misconduct in order to protect students' rights and personal safety.

Although victims of sexual misconduct are encouraged to inform University officials, the University recognizes that some victims may be hesitant to submit a report for fear that they themselves may be accused of policy violations. Because it is in the best interest of our community to have victims share their information, University policy provides victims amnesty from conduct violations related to the incident.

  • Tell someone you trust, such as a friend, a faculty person, your hall director or RA, a family member or counselor. They can provide support and accompany you to other services.
  • Seek immediate medical attention. If necessary, medical personnel can confidentially screen for injury and evidence. These exams are completely confidential and their results are not given to the police unless you give permission.
  • Regions Hospital (651-254-3306) is located at 640 Jackson in St. Paul. Information about the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) program can be found at 651-254-1611. You may go to the Regions ED by yourself or with a friend. You may also call your area Police Department (St. Paul) at 651-291-1111 or 911 for protection and transportation to the hospital. 
  • If possible, DO NOT change clothes, bathe, shower, brush your teeth or go to the bathroom before going to the ED. If you must change your clothes, bring clothing worn during the assault with you, preferably placing each item in a separate bag. Also bring any tampon or pad worn. If you must urinate, void small amount of urine into a cup, and bring it with you. DO NOT wipe after urinating.
  • You will be met at Regions ED by an Sexual Offense Services counselor (S.O.S.) and a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.). The S.O.S. counselor will provide emotional support and confidential counseling. The S.A.N.E. nurse will provide sensitive and expert medical care.
  • Before your counseling and medical care begins, your options will be completely explained, and you may agree to or refuse any options discussed. All care provided is confidential. You will be asked to sign a consent form for the care to be provided.
  • With the occasional exception of a few preventative medications, there is no charge for care related to sexual assault at Regions Hospital ED. Regions ED is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Immediate emotional support and/or ongoing professional counseling is helpful in dealing with the effects of your traumatic experience. This is also true for friends of someone who has experienced an assault.

How To Report a Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a crime. Your safety and protection are important. Call the police 651-291-1111 (St. Paul), 911 or Concordia Security 651-641-8278 for protection and to report the assault.

You may file charges both through the Concordia University disciplinary process and through the State court system. To get information about the campus judicial process, contact Jason Rahn, Associate Vice President for Student Life, 651-641-8706.

Information about how to file an incident report can be found here

Victim's Rights

Concordia University encourages individuals who believe they have been sexually assaulted to pursue criminal action against the alleged perpetrator of the sexual assault. An individual may pursue criminal action and an internal campus complaint concurrently. Retaliation against an individual who brings a complaint or participates in an investigation of sexual assault or pursues legal action is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Victims of sexual violence have these rights:

  • To file criminal charges with local law enforcement officials;
  • To receive the prompt assistance of Concordia authorities upon request of the victim in notifying appropriate law enforcement;
  • To an investigation and resolution of a sexual violence complaint by Concordia disciplinary or judicial authorities;
  • To participate in and to have an attorney or other support person at any Concordia disciplinary proceeding concerning a sexual violence complaint;
  • To be promptly notified of the outcome of a Concordia disciplinary proceeding (subject to the limitations of state and federal laws relating to data privacy practices);
  • To the assistance of Concordia authorities, at the direction of law enforcement authorities, in obtaining, securing and maintaining evidence in connection with a sexual assault incident;
  • To the assistance of Concordia authorities in preserving complaint or victim materials relevant to a Concordia disciplinary proceeding;
  • To the assistance of Concordia authorities in cooperating with the appropriate law enforcement authorities and, at the victim's request, in shielding the victim from unwanted contact with the alleged assailant, including transfer of the victim to alternative classes or to alternative university-owned housing (if alternative classes or houses are available and feasible); and
  • To seek assistance from the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board and the Minnesota Crime Victims Ombudsman. 

You may file charges both through the Concordia University disciplinary process and through the State court system. To get information about the campus judicial process, contact Jason Rahn, Associate Vice President for Student Life, 651-641-8706.

Detailed information about Concordia's sexual violence policy is available. (link)

Helpful Information

It is important to get the support that you deserve.

  • Get immediate medical attention. You are encouraged to be seen by a SANE nurse within 72-hours. ~A SANE nurse is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. These medical professionals have been trained to work specifically with survivors of sexual assault. ~ An exam will be offered to assess your medical condition and to gather evidence, and basic medical care will be provided. Also, a test for sexually transmitted diseases will be offered.
  • If possible, do not clean your body or clothes until after the medical exam. Any physical signs of the assault may be used as evidence. Taking a shower or bath, or washing your clothes may remove vital evidence.
  • Following an assault you may not be immediately interested in gathering evidence, or you may be distressed by the thought of making a police report. Keep in mind that if you seek treatment from a SANE nurse, you will NOT be required to file a report or inform your parents, you will get specialized medical care, and you will keep the option available for later if you decide then that you would prefer to report—it will still be your decision. Prior to providing care, the SANE nurse will explain the exam, answer your questions, and perform only the procedures to which you give consent.
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