Individuals who experience discrimination including sexual harassment have options regarding who to tell, if anyone. All BHSU employees--except licensed counselors and medical professionals--are required to forward such reports to the BHSU Title IX Office; who is obligated to respond. This obligation also requires us to notify law enforcement about felony acts. BHSU employees include, but are not limited to: RAs, hall directors, faculty and staff members, academic advisers, coaches and administrators.
BHSU will work with you to protect your privacy by sharing information with only those who need to know. As such, your information may need to be shared with those involved in investigating the incident, those responsible for providing necessary resources and remedies and those responsible for ensuring the public’s safety. Depending on the safety of the complainant or witness, the complainant’s or witness’ wishes for next-steps and the overall campus safety, the Title IX Coordinator will discuss these options case-by-case. The Title IX Office uses a strict privacy protocol with all reporting and investigation information.
Non-Confidential yet Private Reporting Options
- To submit an on-line BHSU report, click here. Your report will go to the BHSU Title IX-EO Coordinator.
- To report in person, please visit the BHSU Title IX Office located on the lower level of Woodburn Hall, room 129. Alternatively, you may contact the Title IX Coordinator by email or by phone (605-642-6590).
- If your concern is criminal in nature, you have the option of pursuing criminal charges. Contact the Director of Campus Safety and Security (605-641-6988) or your local police department
- If your concern requires immediate assistance, please dial 911 or contact Campus Safety and Security (605-641-6988).
Confidential Reporting Options
- To make an online private and confidential report, click here. You may also call a toll-free hotline at 844-390-0005 (English speaking) or 800-216-1288 (Spanish speaking). The online report and hotlines are provided by Lighthouse Services, Inc. Lighthouse is an off-campus company who specializes in providing independent third-party ethics hotline services. You may choose to remain anonymous when providing information.
- BHSU students wanting to talk with someone confidentially without making a report, please contact BHSU Student Counseling and Health Services (605-642-6520).
- BHSU employees wanting to report concerns in a confidential setting are encouraged to contact LEAP-Latitude Employee Assistance Program (1.800.713.6288) Company Code: SOUTHDAKOTA
- Spearfish has a Sexual Assault Response Team and the Artemis Safe House (605-642-7825) established to assist in cases of sexual violence. The teams work together to ensure that victims receive immediate, accessible and comprehensive services by local, trained professionals.
- Rapid City has the WAVI Team (605-341-3292) and Crisis Care Center (605-391-4863) established to assist in cases of sexual violence. The teams work together to ensure that victims receive immediate, accessible and comprehensive services by local, trained professionals.