About Southeast Technical

Southeast Technical Policies and Procedures

Section 300 - Administration

(Having to do with the overall management of the institution)

301 - College Academic Calendar and Interruptions
Development of the College academic calendar is the responsibility of the President or his/her designee. The calendar will be developed with input from faculty, support staff, and administration. The calendar will be approved by the Executive Council during the fall semester preceding the following academic year.

The College calendar is subject to modification or interruption due to occurrences such as fire, severe weather, labor disputes, interrupted utility services, civil disorder and war. In the event of any such occurrence the College will attempt to accommodate students. The College does not guarantee, however, that courses of instruction, co-curricular activities, or other College programs or events will be completed or re-scheduled. Refunds will be made to eligible students when appropriate in accordance with College policies no. 213 Dropping/Adding Courses and/or no. 214 Total Withdrawal; and, when not, based on administrative judgment.

Approved:
Reviewed: December 28, 2010; October 23, 2013
Revised: December 10, 2008

 

302 - Cancellation/Revision of Courses (Disclaimer)

The College's program majors are credit/course based. This system allows flexible scheduling, part-time training opportunities in abbreviated and customized skill specialties, and the potential transfer of credits between the College and other post-secondary institutions.

The College reserves the right to revise or cancel, without notice, any information published. The College also reserves the right to cancel, revise, or reconstruct program schedules, titles, curricula, credit and hour values, and all institutional policies and procedures.

Interested parties may contact the Student Affairs Office for the most up-to-date information.

Approved: June 17, 1997
Reviewed: December 28, 2010; October 23, 2013
 
Revised: February 15, 2000; June 30, 2004; December 10, 2008

 

304 - Organization Charts (Representation of Authority)

Legal Reference: MnSCU Board Policy 1A.2.2

The College President is accountable, through the legal authority of the MnSCU Board of Trustees, for assuring proper delegation of authority to employees. The delegated authority is conveyed through College organizational charts, therefore, these charts shall be approved by the President. The charts represent established lines of authority, scope of responsibility and supervision. They also represent regular avenues for the two-way flow of ideas for the improvement of College programming, services and operation. Lines of authority may be revised at the President's discretion.

Approved: June 17, 1997
Reviewed: December 28, 2010; October 23, 2013
 
Revised: February 15, 2000; June 30, 2004; December 10, 2008

 

305 - Policy Development

The President of the College has the ultimate responsibility for the initiation and approval of all policy. Faculty and staff are encouraged to propose policies and procedures which will assure efficient operations and progressive programs and safeguards. The Executive Council will perform the initial review of new policies prior to the approval/disapproval of the President. Proposals to create new policies or substantially revise existing policies must conform to the Policy Development Procedures.

The College endorses all MnSCU policies.  All College policies and procedures will be in compliance with MnSCU Board Policies.

Approved: June 17, 1997
Reviewed: December 28, 2010; October 23, 2013
Revised: February 15, 2000; June 30, 2004; December 10, 2008

 

306 - Safety General

The College complies with state and federal occupational health, safety and environmental laws and regulations, such as put forth by OSHA and EPA, that are pertinent to the work and academic environment of the College. The College has developed appropriate procedures and safety programs to assure compliance with these laws and regulations. The College also endorses and enforces the Right-to-Know Act which is intended to ensure that students and employees are aware of the dangers associated with hazardous substances, harmful physical agents, or infectious agents that they may be exposed to in the workplace.

See Policy Section 700 Health and Safety.

 

311 - Affirmative Action

The College is committed to providing and promoting equal employment and educational opportunities, and supporting a positive environment, for all persons without regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law.

The College endorses and supports the State of Minnesota’s and MnSCU’s affirmative action efforts. MnSCU Board Policy 1B.2 
View Southeast Technical's Affirmative Action Plan 2012-2014 (Download PDF)

Approved: September 20, 1994
Revised: February 15, 2000; June 30, 2004; December 10, 2008; December 28, 2010; October 23, 2013

 

312 - Disabilities Act 

The College is committed to and supports affirmative steps and programs intended to remedy the historical under-representation of persons of color, women, and persons with disabilities in the workforce. Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. The College strives to adhere with the requirements of the Act by:

  1. Providing access to education for persons with disabilities as part of the mission of the College.
  2. Assuring students and the public that compliance with the Act is a priority of the College.
  3. Preparing, publishing, and distributing policy statements and procedures to comply with the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  4. Taking prompt action to implement the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  5. Providing a procedure for individuals to address issues of the Act’s compliance or noncompliance that affects them. This procedure will be with the student compliant procedure that is on file at each campus.

A complete policy and college self-evaluation plan is available at the College upon request.

The Director of Learning Resources is the ADA Coordinator and oversees compliance with the Act. Contact Steve Zmyewski at (507) 453-2410, Winona Campus Learning Resource Center. For students, campus admission counselors serve as the initial contact persons. Contact Gale Lanning, Director of Admissions, 507-453-1443, Winona Campus, or Melissa Carrington-Irwin at 800-657-4849, Red Wing Campus.  Employees contact Nate Emerson, Vice President of Student Affairs, 507-453-2711. Americans With Disabilities Act Procedures

Approved: August 15, 1997
Reviewed: October 23, 2013
Revised: April 29, 1998; February 15, 2000; June 30, 2004; December 10, 2008; December 28, 2010; October 23, 2013

 

313 - Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education Policies and Reporting Procedures

Legal Reference: MnSCU Board Policy 1.B.1

Minnesota State College Southeast Technical is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law.

Harassment of an individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission has no place in a learning or work environment and is prohibited. Harassment may occur in a variety of relationships, including faculty and student, supervisor and employee, student and student, staff and student, employee and employee, and other relationships with persons having business at, or visiting the educational or working environment.   

This policy is directed at verbal and physical conduct that constitutes discrimination /harassment under state and federal law and is not directed at the content of speech. In cases in which verbal statements and other forms of expression are involved, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical will give due consideration to an individual's constitutionally protected right to free speech and academic freedom. The system office, colleges and universities shall develop and implement a complaint process to review complaints of discrimination/harassment or sexual violence.

Harassment, discrimination and sexual violence have no place in a learning or work environment. Further, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical shall work to eliminate violence in all its forms. Physical contact by designated system, college, and university staff members may be appropriate if necessary to avoid physical harm to persons or property.

Detailed definitions, policies and procedures for MNSCU Board Policy 1B.1 Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education Opportunity, Procedure 1B.1.1 Report/Complaint of Discrimination, Harassment /Investigation and Resolution, and Sexual Violence Policy 1B.3 can be reviewed online at: http://www.mnscu.edu/board/policy/index.html.

Any individual who believes she or he has been, or is being, subjected to harassment, discrimination, bullying or sexual violence is encouraged to report the incident to the designated officer: Nate Emerson, Vice President of Student Affairs, Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical, Winona Campus, Winona MN, 507-453-2711.

Administrators and supervisors shall refer allegations of conduct that they reasonably believe may constitute discrimination or harassment under Board Policy 1B.1 to the designated officer, or in consultation with the designated officer may inquire into and resolve such matters.

Approved: June 17, 1997
Reviewed: October 23, 2013
Revised: February 15, 2000; June 30, 2004; December 10, 2008; December 28, 2010


314 - Sexual Violence Policy

Purpose: 

Minnesota State College—Southeast Technical is committed to eliminating sexual violence in all forms, and will take appropriate remedial action against any individual found responsible for acts in violation of this policy. Acts of sexual violence may also constitute violations of criminal or civil law, or other Board Policies, that may require separate proceedings. Minnesota State College—Southeast Technical adopts MNSCU Board Policy 1B.3, Sexual Violence Policy, and MNSCU Board Procedure 1B.3.1 as its policy and procedure.
 
Sexual Violence Procedures
Sexual Violence Resources

Policy: http://www.mnscu.edu/board/policy/1b-03.pdf 
Procedure: http://www.mnscu.edu/board/procedure/1b-03p1.pdf 

1B.3 Sexual Violence Policy

Part 1. Policy statement.

Sexual violence is an intolerable intrusion into the most personal and private rights of an individual, and is prohibited at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is committed to eliminating sexual violence in all forms and will take appropriate remedial action against any individual found responsible for acts in violation of this policy. Acts of sexual violence may also constitute violations of criminal or civil law, or other Board Policies that may require separate proceedings. To further its commitment against sexual violence, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities provides reporting options, an investigative and disciplinary process, and prevention training or other related services as appropriate.

Subpart A. Application of policy to students, employees, and others. This policy applies to all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students and employees and to others, as appropriate, where incidents of sexual violence on system property have been reported. Reports of sexual violence committed by a student at a location other than on system property are covered by this policy pursuant to the factors listed in Board Policy 3.6, Part 2. Reports of sexual violence committed by a system employee at a location other than system property are covered by this policy.

Reports of sexual violence committed on system property by individuals who are not students or employees are subject to appropriate actions by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, including, but not limited to, pursuing criminal or civil action against them.

Allegations of discrimination or harassment are governed by Board Policy 1B.1.

Subpart B. College and university policies. Each Minnesota State Colleges and Universities college and university shall adopt a clear, understandable written policy on sexual violence that applies to its campus community, including, but not limited to, its students and employees. The policy content and implementation shall be consistent with the standards in this Policy and Procedure 1B.3.1.

Part 2. Definitions.

The following definitions apply to this Policy and Procedure 1B.3.1.

Subpart A. Sexual violence. Sexual violence includes a continuum of conduct that includes sexual assault, non-forcible sex acts, dating and relationship violence, stalking, as well as aiding acts of sexual violence.

Subpart B. Sexual assault. "Sexual assault" means an actual, attempted, or threatened sexual act with another person without that a person's consent. 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. 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 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, or coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force another to touch a person's intimate parts (defined as primary genital area, groin, inner thigh, buttocks, or breast).
  4. Offensive sexual behavior that is directed at another such as indecent exposure or voyeurism.

Subpart C. Dating and relationship violence. Dating and relationship violence includes physical harm or abuse, and threats of physical harm or abuse, arising out of a personal intimate relationship. This violence also may be called domestic abuse or spousal/partner abuse and may be subject to criminal prosecution under Minnesota state law.

Subpart D. Stalking. Stalking is conduct directed at a specific person that is unwanted, unwelcome, or unreciprocated and that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her or his safety or the safety of others or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

Subpart E. Consent. Consent is informed, freely given and mutually understood. If coercion, intimidation, threats, and/or physical force are used, there is no consent. If the complainant is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that the complainant cannot understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual situation, there is no consent; this includes conditions due to alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious. Silence does not necessarily constitute consent, and past consent of sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent. Whether the respondent has taken advantage of a position of influence over the complainant may be a factor in determining consent.

Subpart F. 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.

Subpart G. System property. "System property" means the facilities and land owned, leased, or under the primary control of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, its Board of Trustees, system office, colleges and universities.

Subpart H. Employee. "Employee" means any individual employed by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, its colleges and universities and system office, including student workers.

Subpart I. Student. The term "student" includes all persons who:

  1. Are enrolled in one or more courses, either credit or non-credit, through a college or university;
  2. Withdraw, transfer or graduate, after an alleged violation of the student conduct code;
  3. Are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the college or university; or
  4. Have been notified of their acceptance for admission or have initiated the process of application for admission or financial aid; or
  5. Are not college or university employees and are not enrolled in the institution but live in a college or university residence hall.

Approved: October 23, 2013; Revised December 5, 2013