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 of activity receiving federal financial assistance.
The Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office is committed to reducing or eliminating barriers to educational and employment opportunity at UND caused by sex discrimination.
UND supports the mission of Title IX, VAWA, and other laws aimed at reducing sexual discrimination and violence through the work of its Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators, the Committee on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response and subcommittees, campus support offices, and campus community members.
UND's Title IX and Sexual Violence Policy and Discrimination and Harassment Policy prohibit harassment and discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, in addition to sexual assault, rape, domestic and dating violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and retaliation for making a report or complaint.
New Title IX regulations implemented by the Department of Education became effective on August 14, 2020. In response, UND implemented new policies and procedures to ensure fair, supportive, and equitable response to reports of sexual harassment and sexual violence.
We Are Here to Help
If you have you experienced sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, sexual harassment, stalking, sex- or gender-based discrimination as UND student, staff, faculty member, or visitor, please seek help.
UND prohibits discrimination and harassment of students, faculty staff and visitors based upon sex. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and includes sexual violence, such as rape, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Prohibited harassment includes:
- Acts of verbal, nonverbal or physical aggression, intimidation or hostility based on sex, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.
- Sex-based harassment by those of the same sex.
- Discriminatory sex stereotyping and harassment of LGBTQ individuals.
- Sexual violence.
It is the responsibility of each person who wants to engage in sexual activity to get consent at every step.
Employee Reporting Obligations
UND policy requires most employees to share reports of sexual misconduct with the Title IX Coordinator. This is because UND has resources and support available to help. We are concerned for the safety and well-being of the person who experienced the misconduct (called the complainant) as well as the campus and community.
Under Title IX, UND is deemed to have actual knowledge of sexual harassment when an employee in one of the groups below receives notice or a report of sexual harassment or potential sexual harassment:
- TItle IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators
- Department Chairs
- Directors and similar positions
- Deans and Assistant/Associate Deans
- Vice Presidents, Assistant/Associate Vice Presidents, and similar positions
Respecting your privacy is important, though. The Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Coordinator will contact the complainant to confidentially offer supportive measures. Their information will only be shared with people who need to know so they can help.
If a complainant chooses not to file a formal complaint, the accused person will not be notified of the report.
A formal complaint is a document filed by the complainant requesting UND to investigate a report. UND will investigate all formal Title IX complaints and use a live hearing to reach a determination regarding responsibility. Alternatively, the parties can agree to an informal resolution.
You Have Options
There are places on campus and in the community where you can get totally confidential help. On-campus offices like CVIC at UND, University Counseling Center and Student Health Services, can provide support and information about UND's resource and reporting options without making a report to anyone.
Safeguarding UND is Everyone's Responsibility
We must all work together to create a safe and inclusive University. If you are a UND employee who has notice of potential sexual violence or sexual harassment, you must share that information the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
Retaliation is Prohibited
Retaliation against any person who initiates any inquiry or complaint or participates in the investigation of a complaint is prohibited. Such conduct will be further cause for disciplinary action.