BHSU-RC is committed to following the federal law, Title IX of the Education Amendment, and its policy prohibiting discrimination and harassment in educational programs, activities and its employment practices. BHSU-RC is committed to ensuring equal access to its educational programs and employment opportunities without regard to sex, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or ex-offender status.
BHSU-RC is committed to providing an environment not impaired by sex and gender-based misconduct, including sex discrimination and sexual harassment. Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs, activities and employment practices. Therefore, students, employees, applicants and other members of the BHSU-RC community (including without limitation, vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subject to discrimination or harassment or otherwise treated adversely based upon a protected characteristic. This includes, without limitation, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Similarly, BHSU-RC will not tolerate harassing, violent, intimidating or discriminatory conduct by its students, employees or any other member of or visitor to the university community. This policy applies to conduct occurring on campus, during any university program or activity on or off-campus or abroad, including academic programs, admissions, athletics, recruitment, financial aid, housing, employment, as well as certain off-campus conduct perpetrated or suffered by a BHSU-RC student, employee, staff member, or third party member of the university community.
BHSU-RC encourages individuals to report all gender-based misconduct immediately to the BHSU-RC Title IX Contact, Gene.Bilodeau@bhsu.edu at 718-4088 (or another BHSU-RC staff member), who will coordinate with BHSU Title IX Coordinator, Lois Flagstad. BHSU-RC will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of gender-based misconduct and will impose disciplinary measures, or take similar actions, as may be appropriate.
Title IX strictly prohibits retaliation. Any person who attempts to penalize, intimidate or threaten a person who makes a report or cooperates in an investigation of gender-based misconduct, harassment or discrimination will be disciplined. Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of retaliation should immediately contact the Title IX Coordinator or one of the Deputy Title IX Officers.
This policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include Title IX (prohibiting discrimination and harassment based on sex), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Title VII.
SDBOR Policy 1:17 - Harassment including Sexual Harassment
SDBOR Policy 1:17.1 - Prevention of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking
SDBOR Policy 3:4 - Student Conduct Code