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 UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been the victim of sexual violence, you can find information about confidential support services at UND website for Title IX
As part of its commitment to providing an educational environment free from discrimination, UND 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 UND-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 UND’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. UND will take prompt action to investigate and resolve reports of sexual harassment or sexual violence in accordance with Title IX. UND’s Title IX coordinator is Donna Smith, Director of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action, 401 Twamley Hall, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 7097, Grand Forks, ND 58202-7097, 701-777-4171, email@example.com . 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 (Donna Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-777-4171) to discuss your options. To view the policy and additional resources, please visit the UND website for Title IX .
How to recognize a student is in distress
The UND Cares program seeks to educate faculty, staff and students on how to recognize warning signs that indicate 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
We know 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 through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please go to UND Cares