Class and Student Services Schedule Changes

To All Students: Campus-wide staff development dates for Academic Year 2014-15 will be October 31, 2014, in the afternoon only; and Friday, April 3, 2015, all day. Please carefully note the following adjustments to your schedule:

Friday, October 31, 2014 – 1:00 to 3:30 – Classes will run. All student services offices will be closed. However, classes will run.

Friday, April 3, 2015 – 9:00 to 3:30 – No classes that day. All academic and student services departments will be closed. No classes that day.

Thank you for your attention to these details.

Ebola (Official Notice)

U.S. health officials have determined that the risk of acquiring the Ebola virus in the U.S. is very low.

That said, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued advice for colleges about Ebola.  Students, faculty and staff who have traveled to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, or Sierra Leone since August 1, 2014 should phone the College Health Service SVC at (651) 450-3524.  Health Service hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday-closed.

If you have any of the following symptoms, please do not come to campus.  Symptoms include fever and severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain or unexplained bleeding or bruising.  Please call Student Health Services at 651-450-3524.  If you receive no answer, please call your own healthcare provider if you have one or The Minnesota Department of Health Infectious Disease Prevention and Control office at 651-201-5414.

The full CDC advisory appears at the following link:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/advice-for-colleges-universities-and-students-about-ebola-in-west-africa

Inver Hills Prohibits Discrimination, Harassment and Certain Consensual Relationships

Inver Hills embraces and is governed by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ (MnSCU’s) 1B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Educationpolicy. This policy prohibits discrimination in employment, and in access to and participation in programs, services and activities based on race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The policy also prohibits harassment—between faculty/staff and student, and between any employees—on any of these discriminatory bases.

The policy has some additional provisions relating to consensual relationships. It forbids faculty and staff from entering into a consensual sexual or romantic relationship with a student or an employee over whom the faculty/staff exercises direct or otherwise significant academic, administrative, supervisory, evaluative, counseling or extracurricular authority or influence.

The policy prohibits initiating a consensual relationship with a student or another employee while the faculty or staff member is in a position to exercise such direct or otherwise significant authority or influence.

If a faculty or staff member has a current pre-existing consensual relationship with a student or employee, and is now in a position to exercise the described authority or influence over that individual, the faculty or staff member must immediately inform his/her supervisor, manager or Administrator, so that the college can determine whether that duty should be reassigned.

To make a complaint about an employee or supervisor engaging in discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or in a consensual relationship where an evaluative role exists–please contact Liz Newberry, Human Resources Director at (651) 450-3654, enewber@inverhills.edu, or Room 233 Liberal Arts Building.

To make a complaint about a student engaging in discrimination or discriminatory harassment, please contact Jessica Stumpf, Vice President of Student Affairs at (651) 450-3692, jstumpf@inverhills.edu, or Room 232 College Center.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities policy on Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education Opportunity and procedures may be viewed at the following links:

1B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education and http://www.mnscu.edu/board/procedure/1b01p1.html (complaint procedure).

OFFICAL: 2014 Annual Security Report Issued

Federal statute 20 U.S.C. §1092 (f), with implementing regulations in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations at 34 C.F.R. 668.46 requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education.

In accordance with the above Federal Law, better known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Inver Hills College monitors criminal activity and publishes an annual report, maintaining a three- year statistical history on the Inver Hills College campus and at off campus facilities used by the college or by recognized college organizations.

The annual report contains:

  • Crime Reporting Policies and Procedures
  • Policies Concerning Safety of and Access to Campus Facilities
  • Security Considerations of Campus Facilities
  • Policies Concerning Law Enforcement
  • Educational Programs Regarding Security and Prevention
  • Crime Statistics for the last three years
  • Policies Regarding Illegality of Drug and Alcohol Use on Campus
  • Policy and Procedure Regarding Sexual Assault

The College will provide a paper copy upon request. To request a paper copy, please call 651.450.3000 or stop by the Information Center.

Sexual Violence Prevention

Sexual violence on campuses has received significant national attention recently. As we welcome students to Inver Hills this Fall semester, we want to inform students of the college’s commitment to provide a sexual violence free campus.

 

What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual Violence includes a continuum of conduct that includes sexual assault, and non-forcible sex acts, as well as aiding acts of sexual violence.

 

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault as “an actual, attempted or threatened sexual act with another person without that person’s consent. Sexual Assault includes but is not limited to:

  1. Involvement without consent in any sexual act in which there is force, expressed or implied, or use of duress or deception upon the victim. Forced sexual intercourse is also included in this definition, as are the acts commonly referred to as “date rape” or “acquaintance rape.” This definition also includes the coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force sexual intercourse or a sexual act on another.
  2. Involvement in any sexual act when the victim is unable to give consent.
  3. Intentional and unwelcome touching, coercing, forcing or attempting to coerce or force another to touch a person’s intimate parts (defined as primary genital area, groin, inner tight, buttocks, or breast.)
  4. Offensive sexual behavior that is directed at another such as indecent exposure or voyeurism.”

 

Sexual assault is often a criminal act that can be prosecuted under Minnesota law, as well as form the basis for discipline under Minnesota State Colleges and Universities student conduct codes and employee disciplinary standards.

 

What are Non-Forcible Sex Acts?

Non-forcible acts include unlawful sexual acts where consent is not relevant, such as sexual contact with an individual under the statutory age of consent, as defined by Minnesota law, or between persons who are related to each other within degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

 

To Whom and When Does Inver Hills’ and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ Sexual Violence Policy Apply?

This policy applies to:

 

  1. The conduct of all Inver Hills students and employees when they are on college property or participating in any Inver Hills course or sponsored activity.
  2. The conduct of individuals who are not Inver Hills students or employees who come on college sites.
  3. The off-campus conduct of students and employees if it results in a hostile educational or work environment for Inver Hills students or employees.

 

What if I Experience a Sexual Assault?

 

  1. Go to a safe place.
  2. If you are on campus, contact the Inver Hills Public Safety Office at (651) 450-3711 or any of the following employees:

College Center 115.

 

  1. Do not bathe, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing. Timely and prompt reporting of a sexual assault within 72 hours is critical in preserving evidence important in proving a criminal case against the assailant.
  2. Seek medical attention immediately regardless of whether you report the matter to the police. Local hospitals include:
  • Regions Hospital, 640 Jackson St., St Paul, MN 55101; (651) 254-3456
  • Woodwinds Hospital, 1925 Woodwinds Dr., Woodbury, MN 55125; (651) 232-0228

 

  1. You may file a police report with the appropriate law enforcement agency. For on campus incidents contact the Inver Grove Heights Police Department at 911, or the non-emergency dispatch number at (651) 322-2323. Contact the Inver Hills Public Safety Office at (651) 450-3711 or Public Safety Director Tom McCluney at (651) 450-3528 if you would like assistance filing a police report.
  2. Contact any of the following for support, assistance and referral:

 

  • Inver Hills Counseling Department located on the 2nd floor of the College Center, (651) 450-3508
  • 360 Community-Sexual Assault Services 24 hour crisis line (651) 405-1500
  • Sexual Offense Services, Ramsey County 24 Hour crisis line (651) 643-3006.

 

  1. You may request that the college make arrangements to reduce contact between you and the alleged assailant, such as attempt to provide a change in classes and/or academic schedules, working arrangements, or other appropriate remedial measures. These options are available regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to law enforcement or campus authorities.

 

  1. You have the right to petition for an Order for Protection (OFP) or a Harassment Restraining Order (HRO). Inver Hills’ Public Safety Department has information available on how to file for and request an OFP or HRO.

 

  1. You may contact the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board at (651) 201-7300 which provides financial help to victims and their families for losses incurred as a result of a violent crime. You may also visit https://dps.mn.gov for additional information.

 

Where do I find the policy?

Here is a link to the policy: http://www.mnscu.edu/board/policy/1b03.html

Here is a link to the procedure: http://www.mnscu.edu/board/procedure/1b03p1.html

Early Alert Program & Official Email Information

The Early Alert program is designed to promote student success through communication between students, instructors, and advisors. If an instructor feels that you are experiencing difficulties in a course (in terms of assignments, test scores, participation, or attendance), you may receive an email message through the Early Alert program.

The email message will tell you if your instructor has concerns about your attendance or academic progress and will prompt you to seek out your instructor. The message will also include a list of college resources available to you and steps you can take to improve your progress. Review your instructor’s recommendations carefully and take action in a timely fashion—it’s key to your success! These Early Alert emails will be sent to your preferred personal email account. If you do not open your Early Alert email, a letter will be mailed to your home address.

Please read your email frequently as email is the official form of communication for Inver Hills Community College.  You can often eliminate follow-up emails, calls and letters by viewing and downloading images on all emails from Inver Hills Community College. It is important to click the “Download Images” or “View Images” button in the header of IHCC emails as this action converts an email’s status from “Not-Viewed” to “Viewed”. The college staff works together to ensure your email communications are timely, targeted and relevant; be sure to read ALL your emails. You may update your personal email address by logging on to E-Services, clicking Account Management, then Demographic Info.

PRESIDENT’S WELCOME

Welcome to Inver Hills Community College!  We’re glad that you chose our college to be your college.  The decision you made to further your education is an important step.  No matter what stage you are at in your life, we hope Inver Hills transforms your life and presents you with new opportunities.  Inver Hills presents you with the opportunity to move your life in the right direction.  These are not just words to us but a firm belief that completing your associate’s degree at Inver Hills is as important as the decisions you made to begin your education here.  If you are unsure of your goals, we have excellent counselors, academic advisors and career development courses available to guide you along the way.  The faculty and staff will help you seek out your best choices for the future.  We know that completing your degree will make a significant difference in your earnings over your lifetime and bring about other benefits that you can’t imagine as you start out at IHCC.  I hope you have a great experience at Inver Hills.

Tim Wynes, President

Welcome to the new Student Bulletin!

We are excited with our new design, and hope you are too!  The new Student Bulletin will allow you to 1.  Find old information quickly.  2.  Utilize social media to share events on campus that you think are important and exciting with your friends and family.  3.  You will have the ability to comment on information you read about in the Student Bulletin.  4.  You can easily reference information by main topics provided at the top of the page.  5.  The Student Bulletin is now more readily available via smart phones and tablets.  If you are on a tablet, we encourage you to hold your tablet sideways to allow more information on the sidebar to be shown.

The Student Bulletin is now available via the Inver Hills Student Life app as well!  Look for us on the Google, Apple, or Amazon Marketplace!  Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments with the new Student Bulletin.  Enjoy!