Title IX & Sexual Misconduct
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, Title VII, VAWA, and other laws aimed at reducing sexual discrimination, harassment, and violence through the work of its Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators, the Committee on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response (CSVPR) and subcommittees, campus support offices, and campus community members.
We Are Here to Help
If you have you experienced sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, sexual harassment, stalking, or sex- or gender-based discrimination as a UND student, staff, faculty member, or visitor, please seek help.
You Have Options
There are places on campus and in the community where you can get completely confidential help. On-campus offices like CVIC at UND, University Counseling Center, and Student Health Services can provide support and information about UND's resources and reporting options without making a report to anyone.
UND's Sexual Misconduct Policy and Title IX Sexual Misconduct Policy address sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking. Our Discrimination and Harassment Policy addresses harassment and discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity that falls outside the scope of Title IX, in addition to harassment and discrimination based on other protected classes.
UND also discourages consensual relationships between employees, employees and students, or student employees when one person has direct or indirect authority over the other. Such relationships may leave the person not in the position of authority vulnerable to coercion, may leave the person in the authority position vulnerable to an accusation of sexual harassment, and may create actual or perceived conflicts of interest. Because of these concerns, individuals engaging in a consensual relationship with another individual over which they have direct or indirect authority must abide by notification and management requirements as set forth in UND's Consenual Relationships Policy.
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 harassment, sexual violence, and discrimination 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.
We all must work together to create a safe and inclusive University. To that end, all members of our community are encouraged to report potential violations of our policies relating to sexual misconduct, discrimination, and harassment. Moreover, the following individuals have specific obligations to report to the Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office under UND Policies and/or federal law:
- Supervisors and managers must immediately report all known information regarding suspected or potential discrimination, harassment, or sexual violence occurring in the workplace.
- All employees except temporary employees and most student employees must report all known information regarding suspected or potential discrimination, harassment, or sexual violence affecting students. This obligation extends to suspected or potential sexual harassment or sexual violence involving students that occurs off-campus.
- Resident Assistants, Resident Managers, Hall Directors, and Undergraduate Instructors must report all known information regarding suspected or potential discrimination, harassment, or sexual violence against students. This obligation extends to suspected or potential sexual harassment or sexual violence involving students that occurs off-campus.
Please consult our Title IX Sexual Misconduct Policy for the official statement on reporting obligations and actual knowledge.
Respecting your privacy is important. 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 no formal complaint is filed, 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.
Retaliation is Prohibited
You cannot be punished for contacting the Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office, filing a complaint, or participating in a hearing or investigation. Retaliation against any person who engages in these protected actions is prohibited. Examples of prohibited retaliation include giving a lower grade or work evaluation than merited or failing to provide an accurate letter of reference. Such conduct will be further cause for disciplinary action for those who engage in the retaliatory acts. If you have experienced retaliation, please contact the Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office.
Safeguarding UND is Everyone's Responsibility
Please reach out to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator if you have any questions about UND's Title IX policies, procedures, or resources.