Information About Title IX

What is Title IX?

A federal law that simply states, no person in the U.S. shall be on the basis of sex, be excluded from, denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

It is often thought that Title IX is only covers athletics programs, when it is a much broader spectrum.

Who Does Title IX Protect?

Any person in connection with all educational, extracurricular, athletic, and/or other programs of the school; even if the events take place off campus during a school event
This Can Be:

  • students
  • staff
  • faculty

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

Michael Isaacson
Dean of Students, Director of Resident Life/Deputy Title IX Officer
Woodburn 133

Colleen Mischke
Senior Women's Administrator


Black Hills State University is committed to the achievement of equal opportunity in student admissions, student financial assistance, and faculty and staff employment. BHSU prohibits discrimination based on the arbitrary consideration of such characteristics as race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status, or disability, except to the extent allowed by law. Discrimination will not be tolerated in any aspect of the access to admission, or treatment of students in its programs and activities, or in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment (including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, assignment, training, promotion, tenure, transfer, compensation or termination). Furthermore, University and Board of Regents policy includes prohibitions of harassment of students and employees, including racial harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation for filing complaints of discrimination.