In accordance with the South Dakota Board of Regents Policy 1:19, the institutions under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents shall offer equal opportunities in employment and for access to and participation in educational, extension and other institutional services to all persons qualified by academic preparation, experience and ability for the various levels of employment or academic program or other institutional service, without discrimination based on sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination.
The Board reaffirms its commitment to the objectives of equal opportunity and non-discrimination in accordance with the state and federal law. Redress for alleged violations of those laws may be pursued at law or through the procedures established by the provisions of 1:18 of this policy.
Title IX of the U.S Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Discrimination based on sex (including gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or on any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination is likewise prohibited.
Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can also include sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, stalking and sexual coercion.
*The university will strive to keep all reported information confidential; however, it may not be able to guarantee such a request if in doing so may potentially jeopardize the safety of the campus community or if other legitimate reasons may necessitate such disclosure.
The University of South Dakota is dedicated to fostering an environment that respects the rights of all individuals and values the promotion of both work and educational environments free of gender bias. In accordance with federal and state laws and the policies of the South Dakota Board of Regents, the university takes an active role in addressing sexual violence both on- and off-campus. This approach includes but is not limited to: the offering of effective programming designed to help prevent sexual assault, the prompt and efficient investigation of all reported incidents, and the providing of resources and services as well as any other reasonable assistance requested under Title IX.
At USD, the University Title IX Coordinator serves as the point of contact for those seeking information or wanting to report violations of human rights, acts of discrimination/harassment, sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking and other forms of sexual misconduct. If you have been subject to any type of sexual misconduct or would like more information on how the university can assist you, contact the Title IX Coordinator
The University of South Dakota is committed to providing equal opportunity without discrimination based on sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to contact our office with questions and concerns relating to equal opportunity issues on campus.
South Dakota Board of Regents Policies
The South Dakota Board of Regents provides policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment, which can be found below.
- Number 1:17.1 Prevention of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking
- Number 1:19: Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination
- Number 1:23: Employee-Employee and Faculty-Student Consensual Relationships
- Number 1:28: Threat Assessment Procedures
- Number 1:4.1: Sexual Harassment
- Number 1:4.3: Human Rights Complaint Procedures
- Number 3:4 Student Code of Conduct
Title IX Resources
- University Police (Emergency call 911)
- Sanford Vermillion Medical Center (605-677-3700)
- Student Counseling Center
- U.S. Dept. of Education Office for Civil Rights
- Equal Opportunity Commission
- Legal Basis References
- American Association for Affirmative Action
- Office for Civil Rights
- Hispanic Outlook
- Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
- South Dakota Board of Regents
- South Dakota Division of Human Rights
- US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
- US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
- Winds of Change
- Women in Higher Education
Confidential Local Providers
Or for emergencies or crisis situations, please dial 911 for off-campus assistance, 9-911 for on-campus assistance.
Safe Option Services
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 605-624-5311 (24/7)
Confidential State Resources
South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
Confidential National Resources
RAINN - Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
Secure online private chat: ohl.rainn.org/online
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Dating Abuse Helpline
The National Stalking Resource Center
Stalking Hotline: 1-800-394-2255
The Trevor Project Helpline
Student Services - Office of the Dean of Students
Muenster University Center
Title IX Office/Equal Opportunity
Slagle Hall Room 205
University Police Department
Psychological Services Center
South Dakota Union, Room 112
Counseling and School Psychological Services Center
Delzell Education Center, Room 20
Latitude Employee Assistance Program (LEAP)
Off-Campus Resources and Reporting Options
Vermillion Police Department
15 Washington Street
Sanford Vermillion – Hospital and Clinic
20 South Plum Street
Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services
28 East Cherry Street
South Dakota Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 1-800-430-SAFE (7233)
Title IX Coordinator Trainings
A Statement From the President of the University of South Dakota
"Any form of harassment or discrimination hinders the learning process and disrupts the work environment. The University of South Dakota seeks to prevent harassment and discrimination through education and open dialogue, and where harassment and discrimination exists, to thoroughly investigate all claims."
- Sheila K. Gestring, USD President