At St. Catherine University, we take seriously our moral and legal obligation to create an environment in which students can live and study, free from sexual violence and sexual misconduct. In addition to round-the-clock security by our Department of Public Safety on both the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses, the University provides a variety of programs and training throughout the year to help sustain our close-knit and inclusive environment.
The state of Minnesota enacted legislation this year that requires all new students to complete training on the topic no later than ten business days after the start of a student’s first semester of classes.” This is in addition to a longstanding federal requirement for training of all faculty, students and staff. Students who do not complete the state-mandated training will not be able to register for Spring Semester classes. The University is required to submit a report to the state documenting compliance with the new law.
If you are a parent of a student new to St. Kate’s this fall, please urge your student to complete the state-mandated training, which is offered in a 45-minute online program. All students have been sent an email containing a link to the program and will receive follow up emails until they complete it. The deadline to complete the online training has been extended until the end of this month.
This training is offered in the context of a broad effort by the University to deliver: 1) education and prevention programming that builds awareness of the issue from the first day on campus; and 2) comprehensive and sensitive reporting and investigation protocols triggered by notification of a sexual assault to the University.
Our goal has always been to address the issues of sexual misconduct and sexual assault directly, offering support and guidance that empowers, educates and encourages people to act in ways that prevent such behavior. Should an event occur, we are fortunate to have dedicated professionals working through processes that focus on the victim and advocacy, creating a web of support for survivors and their families. This applies whether the event occurs on our campus, another campus or in the community at large.
If you would like additional information, please contact our Office of Student Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 651.690.6778.