Sexual harassment is prohibited. All employees are responsible for ensuring that the work and study environment is free from sexual harassment. The BOR Human Rights Complaint Procedures have been adopted to afford individuals a means to protect the rights guaranteed to them under federal, state and local laws and regulations. The Human Resource Director is the designated equal opportunity officer of Black Hills State University. See also BOR Policy 1:17
All new employees receive a link to the Sexual Harassment Policy in the orientation packet. The policy is also available to all employees and online at:
Consenting romantic and/or sexual relationships between faculty and student, or between supervisor and employee, although not expressly forbidden, are generally deemed unwise. Romantic or sexual relationships between persons in an unequal power relationship can serve to make the work and learning environment a negative one. If a charge of sexual harassment is subsequently lodged, it will be exceedingly difficult to prove immunity on grounds of mutual consent, and may make one liable for a charge of sexual harassment or discrimination on the basis of sex.