2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog
2014-2015 Online Graduate Catalog
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog PDF (Published to PDF July 2014)
Per SDBOR Policy 2:20
The information contained in this catalog is the most accurate available at the time of publication, but changes may become effective before the next catalog is published. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to stay abreast of current regulations, curricula, a nd the status of specific programs being offered. Further, the university reserves the right, as approved by the Board of Regents, to modify requirements, curricula offerings, and charges, and to add, alter, or delete courses and programs through appropriate procedures. While reasonable efforts will be made to publicize such changes, a student is encouraged to seek current information from appropriate offices.
South Dakota State University Non-Discrimination Policy
South Dakota State University has a well-established commitment to maintaining a campus environment free from discrimination and harassment, as articulated by federal and state law, and University policy.
It is the policy of SDSU not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, transgender status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all benefits, services, and educational and employment opportunities.
As part of this policy, SDSU has designated a Title IX/EEO Coordinator to assist individuals with any concerns about discrimination or harassment in education programs or activities.
Concerns should be reported directly to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator. The complaint process is subject to the South Dakota Board of Regents policies, and will follow the institutional policies listed below:
Policy 4:3 Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Affirmative Action
Policy 4:4 Harassment including Sexual Harassment
Policy 4:5 Prevention of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking
Policy 4:6 Human Rights Complaints
These polices can be found at http://www.sdstate.edu/policies/.
Complainants, respondents, witnesses, and other persons who have assisted, testified, or participated in any manner in any phase of a harassment or discrimination investigation will be protected against retaliation. SDSU’s policy and applicable Board of Regents, state and federal regulations prohibit retaliation, coercion, interference and/or intimidation, or any other adverse action taken as a direct result of a complaint being brought forth.
All concerns are responded to and/or investigation in a highly sensitive manner. The privacy of the parties involved is protected. The process is neutral, impartial and fair.
What You Can Do To Address Harassment or Discrimination
- Approach the person you feel has discriminated against or has harassed you and communicate your concern directly, in person or in writing.Ask them to stop the concerning behavior or comments immediately.
- Report harassment or discrimination to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator.
To report your concerns, you are welcome to speak directly to the Title IX Coordinator.
Michelle Johnson, Ed.D.
Title IX/EEO Coordinator & Affirmative Action Officer
Human Resources, Administration 100
Brookings, SD 57007
Phone: (605) 688-4128
Email 1: Michelle.Johnson@sdstate.edu
Email 2: Equal.Opportunity@sdstate.edu
SDSU has recently adopted a Compliance Hotline that offers two additional ways to report concerns, including the option to report anonymously, if you choose:
Toll-Free Reporting: 1-844-880-0004
Web Reporting: https://www.lighthouse-services.com/sdstate
If a student or employee confides in you their concern, please encourage them to report the issue or you may report on their behalf. The University has a legal obligation to respond to issues, big and small, so SDSU requests that all concerns be brought forth. The University has many resources and wants to support faculty, staff and students.
What happens if a violation of the policy occurs?
The University will not tolerate discrimination, harassment or retaliation that violates SDBOR or University policy. Where such violations are investigated and found to have indeed occurred, the University will take steps to end it immediately. An individual found to have engaged in discrimination, harassment or retaliation will be subject to appropriate discipline, depending on the severity of the misconduct.
For More Information
For more information on the policies established to promote equal opportunity and eliminate discrimination and harassment at SDSU visit: http://www.sdstate.edu/hr/equal-opportunity/index.cfm