Northern State University (NSU) is committed to providing a safe environment for all students, faculty and staff. All students, faculty, and staff are covered under these policies regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. NSU has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual misconduct.

What is Title IX?

Title IX (9) of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states: 

"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."

Title IX - Sexual Harassment

Title IX - Prevention of Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking


Reporting a Violation of This Policy

Report a Possible Title IX Violation


  • The incident has negatively affected your academics or employment
  • You need someone to confide in or want to seek assistance and support, but you are not seeking action or do not want to name the respondent
  • You want the university to pursue disciplinary action against the respondent
  • You want a no contact directive to be put in place between you and the respondent

Reporting an incident informs the university of the incident, which allows the institution to provide support, resources, and accommodations to all parties impacted by the incident and does not necessarily result in the initiation of a grievance process

Any violation of this policy in any form should be reported immediately. Actual Knowledge is notice of sexual harassment or allegations of sexual harassment to the Title IX coordinator or any official of Northern State University who has authority to institute corrective measures on behalf of the university. Imputation of knowledge based solely on vicarious liability or constructive notice is insufficient to constitute actual knowledge.

All faculty and staff members are encouraged to be "responsible employees" and take the initial information from a victim. After any such incident is reported to a "responsible employee," that employee can contact any one of the following:

If you would like to talk with someone confidentially without making a report, please contact Counseling Services or Avera Student Health at 605-626-2371.

Sexual violence reduction tips


Annual Security Report

2022 Annual Security Report

This report complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Policy and Crime Statistics Act.

ARC3 Campus Climate Survey 

The Administrator-Researcher Campus Climate Collaborative (ARC3) survey was designed to measure campus climate and safety surrounding sexual misconduct and to inform efforts to stop, prevent, and remedy sexual harassment.

ARC3 Survey Findings

Title IX Training

Title IX Coordinator Training: Hearings Pre to Post

Title IX Coordinator Training: Intake to Investigation