MN Office of Higher Education College Sexual Assault Report

University of Minnesota Morris

The University of Minnesota, Morris publishes the following data on sexual assault in compliance with Minn. Stat. § 135A.15, subd. 6. These data are also submitted to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

These data include only incidents of sexual assault including rape, sex offenses (fondling), and sex offenses (statutory rape) that were reported between January 1 and December 31 in the previous calendar year.

The numbers are reflective of a scope that includes sexual assaults in which:

  • Either the alleged victim or respondent was a member of the campus community (employee or student) at the time of the incident; or
  • The incident occurred on the institution’s campus (or on property owned/rented by the institution); or,
  • The incident occurred at an institutionally sponsored event.

Note: These State of Minnesota reporting requirements are more inclusive than the federal Clery Act requirements for university’s annual safety and security report. Numbers in the two reports will vary accordingly.

Additional information on definitions, understanding the data, a copy of the most recent full report for Minnesota universities, and downloadable reports for prior years are available at


For incidents reported between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year.

1. The number of incidents of sexual assault reported to the institution during the prior calendar year within the scope defined above.

  • Includes incidents that were reported as sexual assault but were later found not to be sexual assault or where the report was unfounded.
  • Reports include those incidents reported by the alleged victim as well as from other parties.
  • Excludes anonymous reports and aggregate de-identified data provided to the institution from confidential resources.

2. Of those in #1, the number that were investigated by the institution to determine whether the institution’s policy was violated.

  • An investigation includes a formal investigation, an informal investigation, and an institutional inquiry.
  • Incidents may be reported to the institution but not investigated because:
    • The victim chose not to proceed with the investigation and the institution determined there was no overriding concern to campus safety;
    • An incident occurred but the allegation was not of sexual assault;
    • A respondent was not a member of the campus community, or,
    • A respondent was not identified.

3. Of those in #2, the number that were referred for a disciplinary process at the institution.

  • A disciplinary process includes any process by which the institution investigates, adjudicates, and makes a determination regarding an allegation in accordance with the institution's own code of conduct or similar internal policy or rules.

4. The number of incidents (category 1) in which the alleged victim chose to report to local or state law enforcement, to the extent that the institution is aware.

  • Includes any local or state law enforcement agency, not just those in Minnesota.

5. The number for which a campus disciplinary process is pending, but has not reached a final resolution as of August 1 each year.

  • The incident was reported to the institution by December 31, but by August 1 of the next year the case was not finalized.
  • Pending cases include those that have been referred to an investigator but a recommendation has not been made whether there is sufficient grounds to refer the matter to an adjudicator; are still under an investigation; are still under adjudication; a final determination has not been made; hearings have not reached their conclusion; appeal period has not yet expired; or the incident is under appeal.

6. The number in which the respondent(s) was/were found responsible for sexual assault by the disciplinary process at the institution.

  • Includes only final (not initial) determination of responsibility.

7. The number that resulted in an action by the institution greater than a warning issued to the respondent.

  • A warning is an issuance of an oral or written reprimand that has no adverse consequence.
  • Examples of actions greater than a warning include required counseling, required training, a no-contact order, placing a hold on the students' record/transcript, being issued a no trespass order, being issued a partial no-trespass order that significantly limits campus access, removal from campus housing, disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion.
8. The number that resulted in a disciplinary process at the institution that closed without resolution.<10
9. Of those in #8, the number that resulted in a disciplinary process at the institution that closed without resolution because the respondent withdrew from the institution.<10
10. Of those in #8, the number that resulted in a disciplinary process at the institution that closed without resolution because the alleged victim chose not to participate in the process (e.g. the victim chose not to move forward after the disciplinary process was initiated).<10
11. The number in which the alleged victim chose not to participate in the institution’s process prior to a disciplinary process beginning.<10
12. The number of reports made through the online reporting system established in Minn. Stat. § 135A.15, subd. 5, excluding reports submitted anonymously.<10


OHE adheres to current federal and state data privacy laws and best practices to protect the privacy of individual students. Reports and data required by Minn. Stat. § 135A.15, Subd. 6 are prepared and published as summary data, as defined in Minn. Stat. § 13.02, Subd. 19, and are consistent with federal and state laws governing access to educational data and student privacy.

OHE’s policy for complying with federal and state laws governing access to student records is to suppress student data in cells containing fewer than 10 students. In the data reports that follow, when “<10” is displayed the data for that cell is suppressed to protect student identity in compliance with federal and state privacy laws. Additionally, if only one cell in a column is suppressed, the cell with the second lowest count will also be suppressed to prevent identification.