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Non-Discrimination Statement

Non-Discrimination Statement

As part of its commitment to providing an educational environment free from discrimination, WSC complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments, which prohibits discrimination and harassment based upon sex in an institution's education programs and activities. Title IX prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence, of students at WSC-sponsored activities and programs whether occurring on-campus or off-campus. Title IX also protects third-parties, such as visiting student athletes, from sexual harassment or violence in WSC's programs and activities and protects employees from sexual harassment and discrimination. 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; and discriminatory sex stereotyping. WSC will take prompt action to investigate and resolve reports of sexual harassment or sexual violence in accordance with Title IX. WSC's Title IX coordinator is Heather Fink, Director for Student Financial Aid Williston State College, 1410 University Ave ND 58802, 701-774-4281, heather.fink@willistonstate.edu. Retaliation against any person who initiates an inquiry or complaint or participates in the investigation of a complaint is prohibited. Such conduct will be further cause for disciplinary action.

Brief Information About Reporting

Any student who has been impacted by sexual violence (sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking) or gender-based misconduct is encouraged to report and seek appropriate resources on campus. Please contact the Title IX Coordinator (Heather Fink, Director for Student Financial Aid Williston State College, 1410 University Ave ND 58802, 701-774-4281, heather.fink@willistonstate.edu.) to discuss your options. To view the policy and additional resources, please visit:

How to Recognize a Student is in Distress

We use the term "distressed" when any of the following criteria apply to a student:

·Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities. ·Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends. ·Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities. ·Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs. ·Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc. ·Student is acting out of character or differently than usual. ·Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide. ·Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on normal conversation. ·Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support. ·Student reports feeling out of control of one's emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.

How to Seek Help When in Distress

WSC knows that while college is a wonderful time for most students, some students may struggle. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students on campus from the WSC Campus Counselor, Leah Hoffman, LAC. She can be reached by calling 701-774-4212. Leah is available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For additional information, please click here.

Faculty Reporting Obligations Regarding Sexual Violence

Classroom discussions or assignments may lead a student to disclose information about an incident of sexual violence that occurred recently or in the more distant past. It is important for students to understand that faculty are required by federal law to report to the Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual violence they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. Reporting the incident does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow WSC to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at WSC and beyond.