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 Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. Prohibited conduct includes sexual assault, rape, domestic and dating violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and retaliation for making a report or complaint.
COVID-19 and Interpersonal Violence
During this unprecedented time of uncertainty, sudden changes, social distancing, and stress, UND is especially concerned for our students and employees who are experiencing or have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence or dating violence. UND has staff who, while working remotely are ready and available to help you or a loved one who may be experiencing interpersonal 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 a 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, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexual coercion. 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 and Title IX require most UND employees to share reports of sexual misconduct with the Title IX Coordinator. They are not allowed to keep a report completely confidential. This is because UND has resources and support available to help. We are concerned for the safety and well-being of the victim as well as the campus and community.
Respecting your privacy is important, though. Your privacy concerns are weighed against the needs of UND to respond to sexual misconduct. To the greatest extent possible, all reports will remain private, which means that information will only be shared with people who need to know so they can help.
If you don't want your name revealed to the accused person, we will do our best to honor that request. Our ability to fully respond may be limited.
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 been designated a Responsible Employee for Title IX and you know or reasonably should know about 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.