Student Rights & Responsibilities
Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR), located in the Student Support Center (H.5100), is overseen by the Senior Student Complaint and Conduct Officer. SRR manages student complaints and reports of alleged student misconduct. You can find more about the processes supported by Student Rights and Responsibilities on this page.
To schedule a meeting with the Sr. Student Complaint and Conduct Officer, please reach out to:
- Bryce M. Gloppen
Student Complaint and Conduct Officer
The Student Complaint and Conduct Officer manages Minneapolis College’s complaint and conduct systems and records. They serve as the principal college conduct officer and meet with students regarding violation of college policies. The Student Complaint and Conduct Officer also serve as a resource to College departments in matters concerning due process, the Student Code of Conduct, and College Policies 4.04 and 4.10.
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement
Minneapolis College is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement defines standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. This means we are able to share reciprocity for our online courses with all other states that are members of NC-SARA. To see if you live in a state that has joined this consortium you can access NC-SARA’s directory of participating states on their website.
Minneapolis College students, who are also Minnesota residents, please refer to the complaint and grievance processes found on this page.
If you reside in another state and your issue cannot be resolved using this policy and procedure at Minneapolis College, you may contact the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
Student Complaint Definitions
A complaint is initially an oral claim by a student alleging improper, unfair, arbitrary or discriminatory treatment. The complaint and its details should be submitted in writing for purposes of follow-up and required College record keeping. College Policy 4.10, Part 2. If you have a complaint, you would like the appropriate person to follow up with those involved. This includes contacting you by the method indicated when you file your complaint as well as conducting a Fact Finding Inquiry to determine the background.
A grievance is a written claim raised by a student, alleging improper, unfair, arbitrary or discriminatory action by an employee involving the application of a specific provision of a College rule/regulation or a board policy or procedure such as:
- The interpretation of the specific provision of a rule or regulation, OR
- The application of a rule or regulation in other than a uniform manner, OR
- The application of a rule or regulation other than in accordance with the provisions of the rule.
“Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, intentionally engaging in any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment against an individual because he or she made a complaint under this policy or assisted or participated in any manner in an investigation, or process under this policy, regardless of whether a claim … is substantiated... Retaliation may occur whether or not there is a power or authority differential between the individuals involved.”
College Policy 2.01, Part 2, Subpart F
Filing a Complaint or Grievance
How to File a Complaint or Grievance
Submit a Complaint or Grievance
Please submit this form with as much detail as possible.
The Student Complaint and Conduct Officer, an Academic Dean, their assistant, or an equivalent representative may reach out to you.
If you have any questions about this process, please reach out to StudentComplaints@minneapolis.edu or Bryce Gloppen, Sr. Student Complaint and Conduct officer at Bryce.Gloppen@minneapolis.edu or 612-659-6729
You may give a complaint in-person at H.5100 between the hours of 8 a.m and 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Referrals to Student Code of Conduct and CARE Team
Submit a Student Referral Form
Please use this form to refer students for alleged violations of Minneapolis College’s Student Code of Conduct, academic misconduct, or to report concerns to the CARE team (formerly the Behavioral Intervention Team – BIT).
Minneapolis College’s CARE team is an interdisciplinary group that meets to assess and respond to concerning behavior. The CARE team consists of representatives from offices such as Public Safety, Counseling, Resources and Referral, Accessibility Resources and Student Rights and Responsibilities.
Examples of potential behavior to refer to the CARE team:
- Disruptive or disturbing behavior, particularly that escalates or persists over time.
- Concerning or disturbing language, verbal or written. Particularly language that alludes to harm and violence against self or others.
- Experiencing dramatic shifts in mood, behavior or appearance.
- Acting paranoid or suspicious.
Note: reports are processed during business hours. They are not reviewed after business hours or during holidays and breaks. If you need immediate assistance, please contact Public Safety:
- Emergency: 612-659-6900 or 6900 from any campus phone
- Non-Emergency: 612-659-6910
Bias or Hate Reporting
Minneapolis College is committed to creating an environment in which all our community members can learn and work, free from bias, harassment, and hate. We are committed to our pursuit of being an AntiRacist Institution as outlined in our Equity Statement, while maintaining an environment that aligns with our Mission, Vision and Values.
If you have experienced or witnessed a bias or hate incident, please use the link below to share it with us. We would like to address all incidents of bias and hate occurring within our community and offer resources when helpful.
If you have any questions about this process, please reach out to Trumanue Lindsey Jr, Vice President of Equity and Inclusion,
- Trumanue.Lindsey@minneapolis.edu or 612-659-6474
If you would like to submit an anonymous report, you can do so through the Silent Witness form.
Sexual Violence, Harassment and Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Legal Citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)
Sexual harassment, sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct are antithetical to the commitments of Minneapolis College and constitute unlawful sex discrimination. All forms of sexual misconduct are prohibited by Minneapolis College.
To submit an online report of sexual violence that involves two or more Minneapolis College community members (students, staff, faculty, administrators), please use this link.
Submit a Sexual Violence, Harassment and Title IX Report
You may submit a report in person by meeting with the following contacts:
- Patrick Troup
Vice President of Student Affairs
- Dianna Cusick
Vice President of Human Resources and Workforce Equity
If you wish to submit a report anonymously, please use the Silent Witness form found at the bottom of this page.
For immediate concerns or emergencies while on campus, please contact Public Safety
Emergency: 612-659-6900 or 6900 from any campus phone
Silent Witness Form
The Public Safety Department and the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities maintains a "silent witness" feature/form. This form allows students or employees (without providing their names or other identifying information) the opportunity to report crimes or concerning behaviors/threats. The information provided regarding crimes and concerning behaviors/threats is received by the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Public Safety Department and the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities.
Anonymous reporting is not intended for complaints and grievances, or for referrals to the CARE team or relating to the Student Code of Conduct. If these types of behaviors are occurring, please refer to the respective forms on this page.
Upon receipt, all information is thoroughly investigated to the best of the department’s ability, based on the information that is received. Information sent through this site, while checked on a regular basis, is not monitored 24 hours a day.
Therefore, the Silent Witness form SHOULD NOT be used for emergencies that require immediate response or those that are life-threatening in nature. IN AN EMERGENCY, FIRST CALL 911 AND THEN ALERT THE PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT at 612.659.6900.
The Silent Witness reporting system is intended to foster and maintain a safe and caring community. Therefore, if it is discovered this system is being used to harass or to retaliate against members of the Minneapolis Community and Technical College community, behavioral conduct consequences will be pursued.
Use the link below to access the form. The form will appear once you answer the first question:
Student Code of Conduct
The Student Code of Conduct is under College Policies.
- Visit the Student Code of Conduct Procedures, Policy 4.04.01
Minneapolis College 2020 & 2021 Biennial Drug and Alcohol Report
The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 Amendments requires institutions of higher education to design and implement alcohol and illicit drug programs on their campuses. As a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution of higher education must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent "the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees" on campus property or as part of any campus activity.
This legislation directed colleges to:
- To develop a written policy on alcohol and other drugs
- To develop a process that ensures policy distribution to all students, staff, and faculty
- To enumerate federal, state, or local sanctions for unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol
- To describe health risks associated with alcohol abuse or illicit drug use
- To describe college drug and alcohol programs available for students and employees
- To specify disciplinary sanctions imposed on students and employees for policy violations
- To conduct biennial reviews to assess the effectiveness of its alcohol and drug programs.
The law further requires an institution of higher education to review its program to:
- To determine its effectiveness and implement changes if they are needed, and
- To ensure that the sanctions developed are consistently enforced
In compliance with federal legislation, the Drug Free Schools and Communities Committee of Minneapolis College has prepared this biennial review.
Biennial Review Process
A committee was convened and oriented to the requirements of the Drug Free Schools Act and the completion of a Biennial Review to comply with the act.
Members represented: Campus Public Safety, Collegiate Recovery Program, Counseling, Human Resources, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Student Health Clinic, and Student Life.
The committee reviewed components essential to the College’s drug and alcohol program: policy statements, publications, services, data collection, campus life, and data on student and employee conduct.
Minneapolis College appears to be in full compliance with federal legislation. The College has developed and maintains a drug prevention policy. The College distributes the drug-free policy to all staff, faculty and students annually. The College provides services and activities to promote a strong drug-free campus environment and offers robust support for those in recovery. The College tracks the number of drug and alcohol related offenses, sanctions, and referrals.
Download a copy of the Biennial Drug and Alcohol Report