Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.00
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

Black Hills State University
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.58 / 3.00 Deborah Liddick
AD of Facilities Services and Sustainability
Facilities Services
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

BHSU Title IX Non-Discrimination Notice
Black Hills State University is committed to ensuring equal access to its educational programs and employment opportunities without regard to sex, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or ex-offender status. Black Hills State University is committed to providing an environment not impaired by sex and gender-based misconduct, including sex discrimination and sexual harassment. Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs, activities and employment practices. Therefore, students, employees, applicants and other members of the Black Hills State University community (including without limitation, vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subject to discrimination or harassment or otherwise treated adversely based upon a protected characteristic. This includes, without limitation, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Similarly, the University will not tolerate harassing, violent, intimidating or discriminatory conduct by its students, employees or any other member of or visitor to the University community. This policy applies to conduct occurring on campus, during any University program or activity on or off-campus or abroad, including academic programs, admissions, athletics, recruitment, financial aid, housing, employment, as well as certain off-campus conduct perpetrated or suffered by a Black Hills State University student, employee, staff member, or third party member of the University community.
• The University encourages individuals to report all gender-based misconduct immediately to the Title IX Coordinator, one of the Deputy Title IX Officers or another University staff member.

• The University will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of gender-based misconduct and will impose disciplinary measures, or take similar actions, as may be appropriate.

• Title IX and the University strictly prohibits retaliation. Any person who attempts to penalize, intimidate or threaten a person who makes a report or cooperates in an investigation of gender-based misconduct, harassment or discrimination will be disciplined. Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of retaliation should immediately contact the Title IX Coordinator or one of the Title IX Investigators.

This University policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include Title IX (prohibiting discrimination and harassment based on sex), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Title VII.

https://www.bhsu.edu/Faculty-Staff/Human-Resources/Title-IX

BHSU Student Handbook Non-Discrimination Notice
Notice of Non-Discrimination Black Hills State University affirms its commitment to non-discrimination in accordance with state and federal laws. BHSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy or disability. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, including sexual violence, non-consensual sexual contact or non-consensual sexual intercourse (or attempts to commit same), and sexual exploitation. BHSU Title IX Coordinator |Michael Isaacson| Michael.Isaacson@BHSU.edu | Woodburn Hall, room 125 | 605.642.6590

https://www.bhsu.edu/Portals/0/student-life/student_handbook.pdf


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:
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Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

The Center for American Indian Studies was established at Black Hills State University by an act of the South Dakota Legislature. The Center promotes awareness of American Indian cultures, value systems, and social problems among both American Indian people themselves and members of the larger society as well as it assists the University in both recruiting and retaining students of American Indian ancestry. The Center for American Indian Studies provides programming designed to meet the needs of American Indian Students such as Bridge Programming, Mentoring, Jump Start, two student organizations and a general studies class that is offered the fall semester.


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs designed specifically to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs designed specifically to support academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support non-academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

Black Hills State University sponsors an on campus Center for American Indian Studies. The center performs multiple duties including the administration of academic programs, promoting cultural awareness, recruiting and retaining American Indian Students, acting as a liaison between the University and Tribal Governments, as well as supporting and encouraging research relating to all aspects of American Indian culture. The center also supports two student organizations, The Lakota Omniciye and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Yes

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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