Filing a Complaint

A complaint is an alleged policy violation that initiates a complaint resolution proceeding. In most cases, complaints are only pursued upon the request of the victim. The College reserves the right to pursue a complaint to protect the safety and welfare of the community.

For some people, going through the complaint process is an important part of their healing, but for others recounting these events is more painful than restorative. Victims are encouraged to talk through this decision with a support person or advisor of their choice, such as a trusted friend, relative, a confidential resource, or a member of the Sexual Assault Support Team.

What is the difference between filing a complaint with the College vs. the Police?

There is a difference between Macalester’s complaint process and an external legal process. The College process is overseen by Title IX Coordinator for the College, Karla Benson Rutten.  The Title IX Coordinator ensures that the College is compliant with the federal law Title IX of the education amendment of 1972 that prohibits sex discrimination in education and oversees the College’s centralized review, investigation, and resolution of reports of sexual misconduct (including sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating/intimate partner violence, and stalking).  Both complainants and respondents are provided support and assistance through the complaint resolution process. 

The criminal and civil processes are outside the control and authority of the college. Crime victims are encouraged to take steps to file a criminal complaint with the local authorities—whether the violence took place on or off campus. Those considering filing a civil action against an alleged perpetrator or someone accused of a crime may want to consider retaining an attorney to guide them through the process.