Confidential counseling and support for students affected by sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct is available from the Aurora Center, which also offers education and prevention materials and workshops. University policies on sexual harassment are investigated by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. Many graduate students are mandatory reporters of sexual misconduct against students and graduate students are encouraged to understand their responsibilities under these policies.
COGS (the Council of Graduate Students) is a student organization at the University of Minnesota. COGS will provide equitable access to and opportunity in its membership, programs, resources, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other category defined by relevant law or University policy.
Policy on Sexual Harassment
COGS supports University policies against sexual harassment and encourages its officers and other graduate students to understand and comply with these policies. The University of Minnesota recommended syllabus statement for sexual harassment is:
'"Sexual harassment" means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment in any University activity or program. Such behavior is not acceptable in the University setting. For additional information, please consult Board of Regents Policy: http://regents.umn.edu/sites/regents.umn.edu/files/policies/SexHarassment.pdf'