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That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

Majors & Degrees

Title IX

“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)

Title IX is a federal law that protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities. The Title IX office assists students, faculty, staff, public visitors on campus, and potential/future employees.

At Dakota State University we strive to provide a safe environment free from the effects of harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct, which includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Through sexual violence-related programs and services, we continue to bring awareness on prevention, reporting, and resources to provide a safer community.

Our overall purpose, in collaboration with Student Affairs, is to provide programming aimed at educating and empowering our college community to be proactive in helping others, regardless of the situation.


History of Title IX

White House PSA - "1 is 2 Many"

Non-Stranger Rapes

To report concerns you may:

Dakota State University strives to maintain a campus environment and Trojan Community that is free from discrimination and harassment. Dakota State's atmosphere remains focused on providing an atmosphere that supports a positive culture and aids in the educational and professional goals of our students and employees. DSU employees act with integrity through impartial, respectful, and ethical investigations and ensure the rights of individuals are maintained.

A primary component of DSU's ongoing commitment is mandatory Title IX training. This training focuses on important issues articulated in federal regulations, state law, and University policy. All employees and students receive email invitations to complete training sessions each year. Sessions include information about responding to and reporting concerns, bystander intervention strategies, and ways to maintain a respectful environment that every member of the Trojan community expects.

For more information, please contact (605) 681-8118.

Title IX Training

Training Materials:



We encourage all campus community members and visitors to bring forth concerns. Please note that DSU has a legal and civil obligation to take action to address and remedy issues that are reported. The Title IX/EEO Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators will take all reasonable measures to protect your identity when addressing issues, however, there may be situations in which this is not possible. All matters are reviewed in a highly sensitive manner.

Campus Resources

Austin Slaughter, Title IX Coordinator
Heston Hall #101D
(605) 681-8118

Dakota State Counseling Center
Learning Engagement Center
(605) 256-5121

Heath Abraham, Safety Resource Officer
Trojan Center
(605) 270-0055

Campus Watch
A Campus Watch employee will accompany you across campus.
(605) 270-7713 or (605) 270-7712

Madison Regional Health
323 10th Street SW
Madison, SD
(605) 256-6551

Madison Community Counseling Center
914 NE 3rd Street
Madison, SD
(605) 256-9656

Domestic Violence Network
Madison, SD

Crisis Hotline:
(605) 480-2721

Helpline Center
Dial 211

Other Resources

More Title IX Information

Department of Justice

Title IX and Sex Discrimination

Office for Civil Rights: Know Your Rights

Ten Facts everyone should know about Sexual Assault and Title IX

U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights: Information on Title IX

Report Concerns

Austin Slaughter
Heston Hall #101D

In Case of Emergencies

To report an emergency, please contact the Madison Police Department at 911 or for non-emergencies dial 605-256-7531.