Bethany Lutheran College cares about all members of the campus community, and encourages everyone to support and help each other in being successful. It is our desire to connect students who may be facing challenges in their academic, spiritual or personal lives to resources that may be beneficial to them.
If this is an emergency that requires immediate attention, call 911. Campus security is also available for assistance at 507-344-7888.
Student of Concern Reporting
If you are concerned about a student who is displaying behaviors that may interfere with their ability to be successful or function well, you are encouraged to report the concern to an appropriate college representative, the Dean of Students office, or submit the concern through the Student of Concern Reporting Form. Examples of behaviors for Bethany Cares reports may include: excessive class absenteeism, uncharacteristic poor academic performance, disruptive behaviors, self-injurious behavior, mental health concerns, or any other concern about a student’s welfare.
Sexual Misconduct / Title IX Reporting
Bethany Lutheran College is committed to maintaining high standards of respect and civility, including a working and learning environment that is free of sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and sexual misconduct (rape, acquaintance rape, statutory rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence/assault, or stalking).
If the concern involves sexual assault, dating or relationship violence, or stalking, you are encouraged to file a report with the Title IX Coordinator (all employees of Bethany, with the exception of those designated as confidential resources, are required to report knowledge of sexual misconduct as mandated reporters). For complete information on how to get support or to file a formal report, please see the Sexual Misconduct page of our Student Guide.
To file an anonymous report of sexual assault, dating or relationship violence, or stalking, please visit our Title IX Anonymous Reporting Form.
What is a complaint?
In Psalm 133:1, King David remarks “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Bethany Lutheran College values unity and peace among students, faculty, and staff. At the same time Bethany recognizes that the unique differences with which God blesses individuals coupled with the sinful inclinations of human beings can cause conflict.
The best way to resolve a conflict is for the person who feels wronged or offended to speak directly to the people causing concern. Oftentimes formal procedures for voicing concerns and resolving conflicts are described in the official documents of courses and campus organizations, otherwise the faculty and staff of Bethany generally welcome students to share their concerns.
If after exhausting the formal method for resolving a conflict and/or contacting the people causing the concern the offended individual still feels unsatisfied with the outcome, the individual can file a complaint by gathering factual evidence proving that the current outcome is unfair and presenting it to the appropriate supervisory officials.
How do I submit a complaint?
A written complaint must include (1) a statement identifying the objection to a specific occurrence, (2) a description of the context of the occurrence and any actions that have been taken in an attempt to resolve the issue, (3) an explanation of why the actions taken have been insufficient or unfair, and (4) factual evidence (i.e. course syllabi, handbooks, e-mails, signed statements, tuition bills,etc.) that demonstrates proof of the situation, actions, and current resolution. A complaint must be received within 30 business days of the occurrence by the appropriate office:
- Academic Affairs (academic programs, accreditation): Jason Lowrey, 507-344-7378
- Student Affairs (student and campus life): Ted Manthe, 507-344-7745
- Finances (tuition and billing): Daniel Mundahl, 507-344-7739
- Admissions (college eligibility): Jeffrey Lemke, 507-344-7373
- Registrar (academic records, credit transfer): Stacy Tomhave, 507-344-7310
- Financial Aid (loans, scholarships, grants): Jeff Younge, 507-344-7328
- Human Resources (employment, equity): Josh Pederson, 507-344-7840
What if Bethany does not resolve my complaint?
Bethany Lutheran College is committed to working within its community to resolve complaints internally. However, if individuals feel that their rights have been violated even after Bethany has pursued and issued solutions, they should follow the procedures for submitting their complaints to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. If students are taking online courses and reside states other than Minnesota, complaints should be submitted to the appropriate state agencies overseeing higher education. Complaints related to the accreditation of Bethany Lutheran College should be submitted using the process described by the Higher Learning Commission.