Sexual Misconduct


TITLE IX
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)


Sexual Harrassment and Sexual Assault are Title IX Violations and forms of Sexual Misconduct.

Sexual Harrassment

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is an institution where students should feel respected and safe.  Mines staff are committed to making sure that our students have a quality learning environment.  Student programming reflects a commitment to raising awareness about Sexual Harassment and the resources available to victims.  The resources, links, and suggestions on this page are meant to assist students.  

Sexual Assault

If you are in danger, please call 911 or (605) 394-6100 (Campus Safety).


Steps if you have been assaulted:

  1. Contact a safe person such as a friend, Campus Counseling Services, or the Mnisterial Community to assist you.
  2. If this is immediately following a sexual assault, please do not shower or "clean up."  While this is a natural impulse, your health and safety are paramount. Get checked.  Medical examiners and forensics experts can use evidence from an assault to prosecute perpetrators.  You can decide to use the evidence or not later, but it can be stored now.  If you do "clean up," there may still be information and evidence that can be collected.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.    

  View the Sexual Misconduct Title IX Brochure

Reporting Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault on Campus

If you feel you have been a victim of sexual harassment or sexual assault, you are strongly encouraged to seek help.  Before enlisting help from university staff, please note that different staff may have different roles with regard to reporting. All Mines staff are committed and concerned about student safety.  Action can and will be taken to help the victims avoid contact with the alleged perpetrators.    

Information shared with counseling staff and campus ministries is confidential.  No information will be shared unless a student agrees to have their information and case information released.  The following is a list of campus counseling staff and phone numbers:

Name Phone Email
Megan Reder-Schopp  (605) 394-6988 Megan.Reder-Schopp@sdsmt.edu
Jeremy Kendall  (605) 394-1924
Jeremy.Kendall@sdsmt.edu
Nancy Sprynczynatyk
 (605) 394-2533
Nancy.Sprynczynatyk@sdsmt.edu

Other campus resources are available to students; please be aware the individuals listed below, and other university staff, are mandatory reporters.

Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator (605) 394-1203
Student Conduct (605) 394-2348
Dean of Students (605) 394-2416
Campus Safety (605) 394-6100

You may report to faculty, staff, and residence assistants.  These staff are also mandatory reporters. Information about underage alcohol or drug use related to the complaint will not be used to discipline victims.


Student Advocate Service

You can report an incident of sexual harassment or sexual assault through the student advocate reporting system. Student Advocate Reporting can be made anonymously if the student chooses not to disclose certain details. 

Student Advocate Reporting Form


Complaint Procedure

There will be an inquiry into eachtd case that is prompt, thorough and impartial. Victims may request confidentiality, but that will be weighed against the safety concerns for the campus and the alleged harasser's rights to receive information about the allegations. Complaint procedures will be based on a preponderance of evidence standard as required by Title IX. Both parties will be notified, in writing about the outcome of the complaint and any appeal including information about the sanction imposed upon a student who was found to have engaged in harassment.


Other community resources

WAVI sexual assault hotline  (605) 341-2046
Click to go to WAVI.  
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK
Crisis Care Center (24 hours) (605) 791-0434

Prevention

Prevention education for students, faculty, and staff will be offered through Student Development and Human Resources on an ongoing basis. New students will receive information during the orientation process. Counseling and SD Mines Wellness staff will be available to speak to student organizations that request additional information.

Listed below are links to national organizations committed to violence prevention and bystander intervention: 

  • Men Can Stop Rape - Website devoted to men stopping rape and how men can play a proactive role in creating change.
  • A Call to Men - A group committed to ending violence against women.
  • The Date Safe Project - An organization that encourages healthy relationships. 

Additional Web Resources

Need Help?

We have a staff of counselors available to help you, anytime.

CONTACT US:

Megan Reder-Schopp
LPC, NCC
394-6988
Director of Counseling and ADA Services

Jeremy Kendall
LAC, QMHP
394-1924
Counselor

Nancy Sprynczynatyk
("Sprinz-a-na-tick")

LPC-MH, QMHP
394-2533
Counselor


Counseling Brochure
Title IX Brochure