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Title IX at The College of St. Scholastica

Title IX Response and COVID-19:

The Title IX office continues to be available to the campus communities at all sites, alumni and guests of The College of St. Scholastica. The online reporting option feature is available, and the Title IX Coordinator is available to meet with individuals on campus following the Center for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health safe practice guidelines. All processes within the Title IX process (Process A) can be conducted virtually  or in person as needed and attended to promptly. The College of St. Scholastica strongly encourages victims of sexual and gender based violence (sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking and other sexual misconduct) to reach out to the Title IX office to seek resources and support.

Amnesty: The College of St. Scholastica cares deeply for the welfare of our students and employees. During COVID times, the College will not discipline individuals/victims for COVID safety-related violations (such as COVID-related guest policies, masking expectations, or physical distancing violations) who report sexual misconduct when that sexual misconduct report is made in good faith.

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that provides that: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

The College of St. Scholastica is committed to ensuring a safe and nondiscriminatory environment that is free from sex discrimination (including discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression) and sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking). This commitment applies to admissions, employment, students' access to and participation in College programs and activities.

Persons Who Believe They Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct

Persons who believe they have experienced sexual misconduct have multiple options for reporting and receiving support both on and off campus.

If you are unsure about reporting or the implications of the different ways of reporting sexual assault or other forms of sexual or gender-based discrimination you may speak with  a member of the GEVA Team. GEVAs can help you clarify your option and decide if you want to report to the College. GEVAs provide information and support resources as semi-confidential resources for students, staff and faculty.

COLLEGE REPORTING OPTIONS
IMPORTANT: Reporting DOES NOT begin a complaint process and investigation unless there is a pattern or matter of public safety.

Online Title IX Report

Students may choose to report anonymously.

Direct Report to the Following

Title IX Coordinator or Deputies Title IX Coordinators:

  • Melissa Watschke MSW, LICSW Coordinator, mwatschk@css.edu; (218) 625-4444; Science, Room 1115
  • Stacy Deadrick, Title IX Deputy, sdeadric@css.edu; (218) 723-6299; Burns Wellness Center, Room 258
  • Kelly Durick-Eder, Title IX Deputy, kdurickeder@css.edu; (218) 723-5961; Science, Room 2131

Report to Dean of Students

Megan Perry-Spears, Dean of Students, mperryspears@css.edu; (218) 723-6029; Tower Hall, Room 2142

Report to Human Resources

Terri Van Reese, Interim Human Resource Executive, tvanreese@css.edu; (218) 723-6123; Tower Hall, Room 2100

Report to Police or Campus Security

Dial 911 to call the police and begin the process of a police report;
Dial (218) 723-6175 to reach CSS Campus Security; or
Zachary Babcock, Chief of Security, zbabcock@css.edu; (218) 723-6175; Tower Hall, Room 2617

Nondiscrimination Statement

The College of St. Scholastica is committed to fostering an environment of mutual respect among its students, staff and faculty, as well as others who participate in the college's programs and activities. As part of this commitment, the college seeks to protect the rights of all members of the college community and any other persons participating in college programs or having dealings with the college, and prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender/sex (including pregnancy), gender identity or expression, race, color, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance or any other category protected by law ("protected class status").

For further information, please contact the College's Title IX Coordinator: Melissa Watschke MSW, LICSW
Coordinator, mwatschk@css.edu, (218) 625-4444.

More information about the Title IX office and reporting is in Sections II and IX of the Sexual Misconduct Policy in the Student Handbook.

Confidentiality

The College will maintain as confidential to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would affect the ability of the College to provide the supportive measures. Any concern about a violation of a supportive measure or confidentiality should be reported to the College's Title IX Coordinator, Melissa Watschke, MSW, LICSW, mwatschk@css.edu, (218) 625-4444.

Title IX Administrative Team Training

34CFR Part 106.45(b)(10) of the 2020 Title IX Regulations that mandates the public sharing of materials for training Title IX team members. The following trainings and dates are included:

Reporting Options:

Equal Opportunity and NonDiscrimination Online Report Form (Title IX)
Online Title IX Report

In person or by phone/zoom with Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator

Contact Us

Portrait of Melissa Watschke Melissa Watschke, MSW, LICSW
Title IX, ADA/504 Coordinator
(218) 625-4444
titleix@css.edu
mwatschk@css.edu

Stacy Deadrick
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics
(218) 723-6299
sdeadric@css.edu

Kelly Durick-Eder
Title IX Deputy of Employee Equity
Science 2131
Duluth Campus
(218) 723-5961
kdurickeder@css.edu