Statement from the President - Notice of Nondiscrimination

Students, Faculty, and Staff:

NDSU is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living, and working environment for every member of our university community.  I want to take a moment to remind our university community of our policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment.  Additionally, in light of the restructuring that has taken place at NDSU over the last year, I would like to take the opportunity to inform the university community of resources available at NDSU to address your questions, concerns, or complaints regarding discrimination and harassment, including Title IX.

NDSU prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, status as a U.S. veteran, or participation in lawful activity off the employer's premises during nonworking hours which is not in direct conflict with the essential business-related interests of the employer.  Title IX specifically prohibitsdiscrimination based on sex in education programs or activities, including, but not limited to, gender-based discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault.  NDSU also prohibits retaliation based on protected activity, including, but not limited to, reporting alleged discrimination or providing information during a discrimination investigation.  The full text of NDSU’s policies related to equal opportunity, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation can be found at the end of this statement.

Questions, concerns, or complaints related to equal opportunity, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, including those related to Title IX,  may be directed to:

Dr. Laura Oster-Aaland
Vice Provost and Title IX/ADA Coordinator
Old Main 201
NDSU Main Campus
Fargo, ND 58108
Phone: 701-231-7708

She has been designated to receive complaints from students, faculty, and staff regarding discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, including those related to Title IX, and to monitor NDSU's compliance with state and federal non-discrimination laws and regulations.

Complaints can also be filed with external agencies, including U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (Phone: 1-800-421-3481, TDD: 1-800-877-8339,, See NDSU Policy 156 for full list.

David Cook

David Cook, President
Member of the 11 Campus North Dakota University System



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