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NDSU Policy 134: Faculty/Staff Assistance

NDSU recognizes that a wide range of personal problems may affect an employee's work performance. Such problems typically relate to family, finances, marriage, legal matters, career decisions, personal concerns, and alcohol/drug abuse.

The Faculty/Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) of NDSU is designed to assist faculty, staff, and their families with personal problems that impair job performance. This program provides problem assessment and short-term counseling (four sessions per family member per fiscal year) and referral to community resources when deemed appropriate.

Family, as defined by this policy, includes the spouse and/or children living in the same household as the employee.



NDSU Policy 134.1: Workplace and Family Dependent Responsibilities

NDSU respects the importance of balancing work and family/dependent responsibilities and recognizes that there are times when these work responsibilities and family/dependent responsibilities will conflict with each other. Various options for employees to care for their dependents in the form of paid and unpaid leave are provided in the NDSU policies.

Occasionally, situations arise that are not specifically covered in these policies. When such situations occur, NDSU is committed to addressing them with sensitivity and fairness to all concerned and will consider an employee's request to accommodate the situation.



NDSU Policy 142: Retirement Plans

North Dakota law requires regular employees who are 18 years of age or older and work 20 hours or more per week for 5 months or more a year to participate in a retirement plan. Faculty, other academic staff, administrators, and professional staff employees are covered under Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association - College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF).

All non-professional, staff employees (technical/paraprofessional, office, crafts/trades, and service bands) are covered under the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPERS).



NDSU Policy 171: Staff and Faculty Recruitment and Moving Expenses

When approved by the President, a prospective employee candidate's travel expense may be authorized, not to exceed the receipted amount for transportation, room and board.

Upon approval of the President or designee, moving expenses may be reimbursed when staff are initially hired from outside the University system, and when regular staff employed for one year are transferred to a new work location within the system at the direction of the employer.



NDSU Policy 352: Promotion, Tenure and Evaluation

Extension of Probationary Period for Childbirth or Adoption

A probationary faculty member who becomes the parent of a child or children by birth or adoption, prior to the year in which the portfolio is due, will automatically be granted a one-year extension of the probationary period.



Family Disaster Preparedness

This site provides information from the NDSU Extension Service on how families can better cope with emergencies such as flooding, drought, and winter storms.



Homeland Security Family Communication Plan

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations.



The Family Therapy Center

Therapists at the FTC are advanced clinical interns from the NDSU Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) Program. The CFT program is an accredited training located within the Department of Child Development and Family Science. Therapist interns are supervised by NDSU faculty who are clinical members and approved supervisors of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Therapists and supervisor adhere to standards set forth by AAMFT. The confidentiality of each client is carefully maintained.

Common issues in therapy:

  • Grief
  • Parent-Child Struggles
  • Sexual & Emotional Abuse
  • Family & Partner Violence
  • Spiritual and Religious Issues
  • Divorce, Separation, Step-Family Challenges
  • Pre-Marital and Pre-Commitment Therapy
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Sexual Difficulties
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Challenges

Flexible hours:

To help accommodate your schedule, we offer day, night, and a possibility of weekend appointments. To set up an appointment, call 701-23108534. All calls are kept strictly confidential.



The Village Family Service Center

The Village Family Service Center provides counseling programs, adoption, financial counseling, unplanned pregnancy counseling, and mentoring programs like the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program.

You can contact The Village 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 1-800-627-8220, or TTY for the hearing impaired by calling 1-888-510-7433. You can also contact them at

The Village in Fargo is located at 1201 25th Street South.




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Last Updated: Friday, June 12, 2009