Information About Title IX

What is Title IX?

Black Hills State 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. It ensures 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. Black Hills state is committed to providing an environment not impaired by sex and gender based misconduct, including sex discrimination and sexual harassment. This includes, without limitation, sexual harassing, violent intimidating or discriminatory conduct by its students, employees or any other member or visitor to the University community.


Who Does Title IX Protect?

This applies to anyone involved with conduct occurring on campus during and 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 by a Black Hills State university student, employee, staff member, or third member of the University community
This Protects:

  • students
  • staff
  • faculty
  • applicants
  • visitors / guests

Reducing the Risk of Sexual Assault

You have the right to your own values, attitudes and beliefs about sexual behavior and relationships in general. Therefore, you have the right to determine the type of interactions and activities you feel comfortable with and to end those activities at any time.

  • You are not obligated to perform sexual acts as payment or as a favor.
  • You have the right to deny alcohol at any time. Alcohol impairs your judgment and lowers your ability to say NO!
  • You have the right to say no at any time, for any reason, and to let the offending party know that his/her actions are unwelcome.
  • Going to parties with people you trust may help you to avoid dangerous situations, and is a great way to ensure that there will be others close by when needed.
  • Having your own transportation gives you a degree of power to leave a challenging and potentially high risk situation. If you travel to a party with a friend, depart together—stay safe.
  • If you must walk alone, call for a walking escort. Call 641-6988 to request an escort; if there is no answer, call 642-1300.

Who to File a Complaint to:

Lois Flagstad
Vice President of Student Life
Woodburn 214
(605)-642-6599
Lois.Flagstad@bhsu.edu

Michael Isaacson
Dean of Students, Director of Resident Life/Deputy Title IX Officer
Woodburn 133
(605)-642-6590
Michael.Isaacson@bhsu.edu

Colleen Mischke
Senior Women's Administrator
(605)-642-6259
Colleen.Mischke@bhsu.edu


TITLE IX AND NON-DISCRIMINATION NOTICE
Black Hills State University 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. Black Hills State University 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 Black Hills State University 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, the University 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 Black Hills State University student, employee, staff member, or third party member of the University community.

The University encourages individuals to report all gender-based misconduct immediately to the Title IX coordinator, one of the deputy coordinators or another University staff member.  

The University 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 and the University 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 coordinators. Title IX Sexual Misconduct Contacts

This University 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, Title VII, the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Administrative Code.