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Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, Affirmative Action

Policy 4.3
Approved by: President
Responsible Officer: Vice President for Human Resources
Responsible Office: Human Resources
Originally Issued: 01/08/1996
Last Revision: 04/29/2024
Category: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Related Policy
SDBOR Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, Affirmative Action 1.4.4
SDBOR Human Rights Complaint Procedures 1.4.3
SDBOR Sexual Harassment 1.4.1
U.S. Department of Labor Equal Employment Opportunity
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972


This policy sets forth the University’s position on equal opportunity and non-discrimination among its employees, students, visitors, and other members of the University community to implement SDBOR Policy 1.4.4.

II. Definitions



    1. Equal Opportunity. The University shall offer equal opportunities in employment and for access to and participation in educational, extension, and other institutional services to all persons qualified by academic preparation, experience, and ability for the various levels of employment or academic program or other institutional service, without discrimination based on sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination.
    2. Non-Discrimination, Civil Rights, and Affirmative Action. The University shall be committed to the objectives of affirmative action, equal opportunity, and non-discrimination pursuant to state and federal law. Redress for alleged violations of those laws may be pursued at law or through the procedures established by the provisions of SDBOR policy 1.4.3 and through the university Title IX Coordinator.
      1. Title IX/EO Coordinator contact information shall be maintained and made available in, and disseminated to, the University community and general public by, the University Title IX/EO Coordinator Office located in the University Office of Human Resources, or successor unit.
    3. Accountability.
      1. Any supervisor, advisor, or other university member to whom discrimination is reported or who becomes aware of harassment by coworker, subordinate, peer, or student is responsible for taking immediate steps to end the discriminatory practice and/or for reporting the harassment to administrators with authority to take action.
      2. All persons are charged with ensuring that they do not retaliate in any way against a person who files a discrimination complaint.
      3. Employees and students may be subject to disciplinary action for violation of any of the obligations set forth in SDBOR policy Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Affirmative Action policy 1.4.4 and Dakota State University procedures.
    4. Communication. The University President shall be responsible for assuring that the expectations of SDBOR policy 1.4.4 are communicated effectively to members of the institutional community and the public at large.
      1. The means for such communication may include seminars or other forms of public service or instructional programming.
      2. Communications shall include notices posted or otherwise incorporated into institutional promotional materials.
      3. Such notices shall clearly identify persons who are responsible for the implementation of equal opportunity policies and advise readers or listeners how they might contact the responsible institutional officials to obtain further information or to express their concerns.
      4. The President may appoint representatives to deliver communications focused on the expectations of SDBOR policy 1.4.4.
    5. Training. The University shall provide easily accessible Title IX training materials and relevant support information.




    Originally Issued: 01/08/1996
    Most Recent Revision: 04/29/2024