What to Know

Title IX Defined

“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)  

What to Know About Title IX

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 the South Dakota Mines. It is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination in education programs and activities such as:

  • Admissions
  • 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
  • Internships

Title IX Covers:

  • Students
  • Staff
  • Faculty
  • Visitors

Steps to take if you have been assaulted

  1. If you are in immediate danger, get to a safe place.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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 Amanda Lopez, Title IX Coordinator:

Amanda Lopez, Title IX Coordinator
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
501 E Saint Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD  57701
(605) 394-2533

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