Report an incident
Incident reports (using the form below) are received by the Associate Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator.
What happens when an online incident report is submitted?
The incident report is received by the Title IX Coordinator. They will determine the next steps.
If a name is shared on the form (optional), the Title IX Coordinator will contact that individual directly
and promptly. They will talk with the individual about the incident and discuss options. In addition,
they will provide information regarding resources and support.
If a name is not shared on the form, the Title IX Coordinator will determine next steps based upon
the information provided. (Please note that anonymous information provides perspective regarding a
situation and allows the seminary to record statistics regarding incidents; however, depending on the
details provided, anonymous information may not enable any direct action.)
A complete description of policies and procedures can be found in Luther Seminary’s Sexual
Misconduct Policy, available in the link above.
What other reporting options do I have?
This online form is one of several ways you may report. Other ways to report include:
- Individuals may go directly to the Director of Human Resources or Title IX Coordinator to meet in person.
- Individuals may call or email the Director of Human Resources or Title IX Coordinator.
- If an incident is related to sexual misconduct, the individual may also directly contact any of the Title IX staff. Please consult the Resources for Victims section, below, for contact information. For a complete description of the complaint process, see Luther Seminary’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, above.
Who should file an incident report?
- Individuals may use any of the reporting options above to report incidents that are witnessed (even if that individual was not directly involved in said incident) and/or on behalf of another person.
- Individuals are encouraged to refer colleagues or classmates to report incidents of discrimination and/or bias using any of the reporting options outlined above.
- In order to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and Title IX, Seminary personnel (including faculty, administrators and staff) who are not themselves the victim of the act are obligated to report immediately all suspected or alleged incidents of sexual assault or sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator or the Title IX Investigators. (The Seminary Pastor is exempt from mandatory reporting.)
Title IX Coordinator
Title IX refers to Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and it prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender by institutions receiving federal money. Generally, the Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the development, implementation, and monitoring of meaningful efforts to comply with Title IX law. This includes overseeing the Title IX complaint process as well as identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise.
Luther Seminary’s Title IX Coordinator is:
Title IX Coordinator
Gullixson Hall 107
Luther Seminary’s Title IX Adjudicator is:
Title IX Adjudicator
Chief Human Resources Officer
Bockman Hall 109
Additionally, Luther Seminary has five Title IX Investigators:
- Chenar Howard
Bockman Hall 202
- Sarah Luedtke-Jones
Bockman Hall 201
- Leon Rodrigues
Bockman Hall 248
- Dan Sassenberg
Bockman Hall 211
- Samuel Zalanga
Bockman Hall 246
Luther Seminary’s Title IX training materials can be viewed at the following links:
- Title IX Coordinator Training, July 2023: https://trainedsolutions.com/portfolio-item/jul-31-23-tix-new-coords-trng/
- Luther Seminary Staff/Faculty Training – 08/23/2023 – Ballast, Somermeyer Sullivan PLLC, https://somsull.com/ 612-643-3486.
- Student Training 2023:
The Title IX Coordinator will identify any patterns or systemic problems that arise; Title IX Investigators will be engaged to follow up on specific complaints.
Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or to:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
John C. Kluczynski Federal Building
230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: (312) 730-1560
Facsimile: (312) 730-1576
Title IX protection
Luther Seminary believes that all members of the campus community are entitled to an environment that enables them to develop and contribute in their full capacity. When sexual misconduct occurs, the standards of the institution are violated, and the environment is disrupted. Sexual misconduct is prohibited by law, as well as by institutional policy at Luther Seminary.
Sexual misconduct committed on property owned or controlled by Luther Seminary, by a student, faculty member or staff member against any minors, student, faculty member, staff member or visitor is prohibited and shall be considered a violation of this policy, whether or not prohibited by law. In addition, sexual misconduct committed by a student, faculty member or staff member against a member of these groups anywhere other than property owned or controlled by the Seminary will violate this policy if, in the sole discretion of the Seminary, the conduct adversely and significantly affects the perpetrator’s suitability as a member of the Seminary community. Any person violating this policy is subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge of an employee or expulsion of a student.
Romantic relationships between faculty members and students or staff members and students create issues of actual or perceived exploitation and favoritism. Holding to the highest standards of professionalism, faculty and staff members are prohibited from seeking out, encouraging, or entering into a sexual or romantic relationship with any student during the time in which the student is enrolled at Luther Seminary.
Matters of sexual misconduct within the Seminary will be addressed with seriousness and regard for the persons involved. Under no circumstances will Luther Seminary tolerate reprisals against an individual who in good faith reports harassment.
Resources for victims
Any victim of sexual misconduct should consider seeking immediate medical and emotional assistance. Assistance is available by utilizing the following services:
- St. Paul Police (Non-emergency) – 651-291-1111
- Minneapolis Police (Non-emergency) – 311
- National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline – 988
- SOS Sexual Violence Services (Ramsey County) – 651-266-1000
- Minneapolis Sexual Violence Center – 612-871-5111
- National Sexual Assault Hotline – 800-656-4673
- Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (Non-Emergency) – 651-209-9993
- Day One Crisis Line (24/7) – 866-223-1111
- Day One TEXT Line – 612-399-9995
- Seminary Pastor – 651-641-3216
- Seminary Title IX Coordinator – 651-641-3247
- Speak to someone. If you are able and willing, speak directly to the person involved. It may be that the person does not understand his or her behavior to be offensive. If you prefer not to address the person directly, or wish to gain a broader perspective, consider talking to a designated leader in this policy. You may engage in this initial conversation without revealing the name of the person or persons involved.
- Seek information and support. Seek information and support. Each of the designated leaders can provide more background on the nature of sexual harassment, the avenues for maintaining confidentiality, and formal and informal steps a student can take to resolve an offensive situation. Such informal steps may include a spoken or written response to the person causing the offense, a mediated conversation, or a decision not to seek further resolution.
- Do not blame yourself. Do not blame yourself. Your inquiry or complaint will be taken seriously. Your confidentiality will be respected to the degree possible, and your complaint will not be revealed to others without your consent whenever possible. If Luther Seminary becomes aware of sexual misconduct, however, it will promptly investigate to determine what occurred and take appropriate steps to resolve the situation. Your willingness to speak out and seek help contributes to the good of the whole community.
Luther Seminary recognizes that any decision to report sexual misconduct to the police is the right of the victim. However, Seminary personnel responding to an incident of sexual misconduct will inform the victim of the options of criminal prosecution, medical assistance, and the Seminary’s complaint process. Campus personnel will assist the victim with these contacts if requested. In addition, confidential counseling, support resources, academic assistance, and alternative housing assignments will be discussed as appropriate. Seminary personnel will also inform victims of their rights under the Crime Victims Bill of Rights, including assistance from the Minnesota State Crime Victims Reparations Board and the Minnesota State Office of the Crime Victim Ombudsman.
For a complete description of current policies, processes, and support resources, see Luther Seminary’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.