No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
--Legal citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)
Enhancement of SDSMT's Compliance Program
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has a well-established commitment to maintaining a campus environment free from discrimination and harassment, as articulated in federal and state law and University policy. Compliance is very important; it also is a legal requirement. More recently, SDSM&T has been focusing on Title IX and how it relates to the issues of sexual assault and sexual harassment.
A primary component of the University's ongoing commitment is mandatory training on Title IX and Equal Opportunity compliance. Online training will begin in August 2015 for faculty, staff and students. The training includes instructions on responding to and reporting concerns, information on bystander intervention and ways to maintain a respectful working and learning environment that students, employees and constituents expect from this University.
This training is designed to raise awareness of the issues and to provide a context for appropriate actions. We appreciate your attention to this important program.
Title IX prohibits any person from being:
- Excluded from participation in,
- Denied the benefits of, or
- Subjected to discrimination with respect to
Any educational program or activity on the basis of sex/gender.
While it is often thought of as a law that applies to athletic programs, Title IX is much broader than athletics and applies to many programs at South Dakota State University. It is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination in education programs and activities such as:
- Housing and facilities
- Courses and other educational activities
- Career guidance and counseling activities
- Financial Aid
- Health and insurance benefits
- Scholastic, intercollegiate, club or intramural athletics
- Off-campus experiences/activities
Title IX Covers:
Raising Awareness at SD Mines -- White House PSA 60 seconds (More Info)
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 (605) 394-6100.
Steps if you have been assaulted:
- If you are in immediate danger, get to a safe place.
- Call Campus Safety or the Police. Contact a safe person such as a friend. Campus Counseling Services and other community agencies are available to assist you.
- If this is immediately following a sexual assault, please do not shower or “clean up.” While this is a natural impulse, medical examiners and forensics experts can use evidence from an assault to prosecute perpetrators. If you do “clean up,” there may still be information and evidence that can be collected.
- All victims of sexual assaults are assisted by trained medical staff through Regional Health Systems, and Working Against Violence, Inc. (WAVI) volunteers are available to help victims through their trauma.
- You may wish to write down details of your assault. Be as thorough and descriptive as possible. If you can, make clothing and other items available to law enforcement.
- Do not blame yourself. Sexual Assault is never the victim’s fault. Talk to others to get help. Friends, counseling services, and community agencies can help you.
Who to contact for more information or to file a complaint:
Vice President of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
Director of Residence Life & Student Conduct/Deputy Title IX Officer
Information shared with counseling staff and campus ministries is confidential. No information will be shared unless a student agrees to have their case information released.
Counseling and Dean of Students Office: (605) 394-2416
Additional Online Resources