POLICIES & PROCEDURES

As a South Dakota regental university, SD Mines is subject to the South Dakota Board of Regents policies and also has a comprehensive set of internal university policies.

SD BOARD OF REGENTS POLICIES

1:17 Sexual Harassment
1:17.1 Prevention of Sexual Assault
1:18 Human Rights Complaint Procedures
1:19 Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination
1:23 Consensual Relationships
3:4 Student Code of Conduct

SD MINES POLICIES

Sex Offenses/Sexual Assault Policy

Students who are alleged to have committed sex offenses (including rape, sodomy, forcible, and non-forcible sexual contact, indecent exposure, or simple and aggravated assault) against members of the School of Mines community will be subject to disciplinary measures that apply to acts of aggression, sex offenses, or harassment, as defined in the Board of Regents policies.

1.   Procedures to follow if a sex offense occurs:

  • A student should contact the Rapid City Police Department. The police will describe the importance of preserving evidence as may be necessary for proof of criminal sexual assault.
  • If a student would like additional support or assistance in contacting the police, please contact the vice president for student development and dean of students at (605) 394-2416, hall directors, or the director of counseling at (605) 394-1924.  

2.   Sanctions for sex offenses as described above will be determined on a case-by-case basis following an on-campus disciplinary procedure, which may include, but is not limited to expulsion.

3.   On-campus disciplinary action in cases of alleged sexual assault will follow the acts of aggression, sex offenses, or harassment proceedings with the additional provision that the accuser and accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding; and both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceedings brought forward alleging sexual assault.

4.   Educational and Counseling Support:

  • A sexual assault training program will be given annually to all resident assistants. Campus educational programs will cover areas such as promotion of awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, or other sex offenses.
  • School of Mines counseling services are available for assistance, as are local support agencies such a Working Against Violence Incorporated.
  • The vice president for student development and dean of student’s office will assist the victim in changing academic and living arrangements if requested by the victim and if these changes are reasonably available. 

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, transgender, sexual orientation, age, or disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination or other grounds unrelated to reasonable employment, educational or programmatic expectations, a person has been subjected to disparate treatment in terms and conditions of employment, in the delivery of educational services, programs or activities, or with respect to the participation in the activities of officially recognized organizations.

Inquiries concerning Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, or other civil rights laws may be directed to:  

Vice President for Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
501 E Saint Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD  57701
605.394.1203
Kelli.Shuman@sdsmt.edu

Grievance Procedure

The accuser/accused has the right:

  • To present his or her case
  • To be notified of the time frame
  • To be notified in writing of the outcome of the complaint
  • To be notified of any changes in housing, academic circumstances etc.

SD Mines is dedicated to promoting a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff. If you are experiencing any kind of harassment, you should report it! All students can play a role in combating sexual assault by holding perpetrators accountable, supporting the rights and choices of those who have been assaulted, and making full use of campus resources to educate themselves on this serious, yet preventable problem.

Confidentiality

Every effort is made to protect privacy of individuals unless it interferes with the campus’ obligation to fully investigate allegations of sexual misconduct. Where privacy is not strictly kept, it will be tightly controlled on a need to know basis. 

*If the university knows about student-on-student harassment, faculty-on-student harassment etc, it must be reported. 


Title IX

(Sexual Misconduct) Title IX CTA - Report Now
You can report an incident of sexual harassment or sexual violence through the student Advocate Online Reporting. This report can be made anonymously if the student chooses not to disclose certain details.
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Title IX Brochure