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Education and Training

The Equity Office offers several education and training opportunities throughout the year.  Please check back to this page for updates and opportunities to register.

Upcoming Training

Many universities have faced legal challenges claiming those involved with resolving investigations (administrators, investigators, conduct officers, etc.) were not properly trained or proper investigative techniques were not followed while addressing title IX, discrimination and harassment complaints.  Sara G. McGrane will offer three workshops on proper investigative techniques, as well as proper procedures to follow, so you are properly trained as you process these important issues.  Please see below for registration information.

Tuesday, September 26: Resolving Discrimination, Harassment, and Title IX Complaints - Arikara, Memorial Union
8:30-9:30 am   Workshop for Cabinet and Deans  Register Here

11:00 am-12:30 pm  Workshop for Chairs, Heads, Directors, Academic Leaders  Register Here

3:00-4:30 pm   Workshop for Investigators and Review Committee Members  Register Here

Sara G. McGrane is Attorney, Partner, Litigator at the Law firm of Felhaber larson.  She is "an experienced litigator who has handled hundreds of matters in both the federal and state courts of many states, including Minnesota and North Dakota."  Sara G. McGrane's experience includes working as Assistant Attorney General in the North Dakota Attorney General's Office.  For Sara's bio please see

Training Requirements for NDSU Employees

All NDSU employees are required to complete Equal Opportunity/Title IX Training.

New Employees:

  • Within the first 30 days of employment, you must complete the online training entitled "Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence: Title IX, VAWA, and Clery Act for Faculty and Staff".

  • Within the first 6 months of employment, you must complete the face-to-face Equal Opportunity/Title IX Training. Attending the face-to-face session meets this training obligation for 3 years.

    • Review the list of scheduled trainings below. Select a date that works for you and click on the registration link.

Current Employees:

  • Current employees are required to participate in face-to-face Equal Opportunity/Title IX Training. Attending the face-to-face session meets this training obligation for 3 years.

    • If you have not yet attended a face-to-face session, select a date that works for you and click on the registration link in the next section.

For those who are unable to attend the face-to-face session, we currently offer an online version of the training through Moodle. You can link to this training, which fulfills the mandatory training obligation for only 1 year at this link:

Equal Opportunity/Title IX Mandatory Training Sessions

Participants in these in-person, interactive training sessions will be in compliance (will not need to complete further Equal Opportunity/Title IX Training) for three years.  

Register here for in-person Equal Opportunity/Title IX Training
DATE                                TIME                                  LOCATION                             REGISTER                            
September 18, 201710:00 - 11:30amMU Badlands RoomRegister here
October 17, 201710:30am - 12:00pmMU Badlands RoomRegister here
November 28, 20172:00 - 3:30pmMU Mandan RoomRegister here

Supervisor Supplement - EO/Title IX Training Sessions

For supervisors who have completed the mandatory Equal Opportunity/Title IX training session, the Equity Office is pleased to offer a supplemental training opportunity.  This session seeks to more fully address the responsibilities of supervisors in addressing potential climate issues in your work areas. Supervisors of full-time or part-time, professional or student employees are all encouraged to participate.  Starting with a brief overview of NDSU policies and procedures for addressing Equal Opportunity/Title IX policy violations, attendees will spend most of this session with practical application, discussing "What to do if..." situations and case studies.

Register here for Supervisor Supplement - EO/Title IX Training
DATE                                TIME                                  LOCATION                             REGISTER                            
September 19, 2017

2:00 - 3:00pm

MU Mandan Room

Register here

October 9, 201710:00 - 11:00amMU Lark RoomRegister here
November 15, 20173:00 - 4:00pmMU Lark RoomRegister here

Safe Zone Ally Training Sessions

Three levels of Safe Zone Ally Training are offered throughout the year. Participants are asked to take these sessions sequentially, as the information is scaffolded.  Training descriptions are available at the Safe Zone website - 

Register here for Safe Zone Ally Training

LEVEL                    DATE                     TIME                     LOCATION                 REGISTER                 
Level 1 - Becoming an AllySeptember 13, 20171:00 - 2:30pmMU Rose RoomRegister here
Level 2 - Gender Identity/Expression     September 20, 2017        1:00 - 2:30pm             MU Rose Room                     Register here
Level 3 - UpstanderSeptember 27, 2017 1:00 - 2:30pmMU Rose RoomRegister here
Level 1 - Becoming an AllyOctober 5, 20171:00 - 2:30pmMU Badlands RoomRegister here
Level 2 - Gender Identity/ExpressionOctober 12, 20171:00 - 2:30pmMU Badlands RoomRegister here
Level 3 - UpstanderOctober 26, 20171:00 - 2:30pmMU Mandan RoomRegister here

Community of Respect Training

The Community of Respect  initiative has been in place at NDSU since 2011 and is designed to improve inter-cultural competencies and provide hands-on strategies to assist participants in learning how to work more effectively with colleagues and students whose cultural backgrounds are different from their own.  Additional information about Community of Respect can be found at this link:

Register here for Community of Respect Training
DATE                                TIME                                  LOCATION                             REGISTER                            
November 14, 20179:00 - 11:00amMU Badlands Room

Register here

Online Training Modules

Several online training modules, focused on equity, respect, and inclusion, are now available to NDSU employees and students.  Training title availability is depending upon the primary role of the individual at NDSU.  Some of those titles include:

Student Empower Plus - student-focused, related to discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct
Bullying Prevention - student-focused, related to interpersonal ways of addressing bullying behavior
The Bystander Effect - related to intervention when one witnesses sexual misconduct or bullying behaviors
Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendments Act - helpful for employees with questions about ADA and reasonable accommodations
Power of Respectful Language - addresses respect and inclusion
Uncovering Implicit Bias - addresses respect and inclusion

These titles can be accessed at the following link: (Please note: If you have difficulty logging in, try another web browser.)

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North Dakota State University
Vice Provost for Equity
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7708
Campus address: Old Main 201
Physical/delivery address: 1340 Administration Ave., Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2000 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Kelly Hoyt

Last Updated: Friday, September 08, 2017 1:21:26 PM
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