Minot State University adheres to all federal, state, and local civil rights laws prohibiting sex-based harassment
in employment and education. The University does not discriminate in its admissions practices (except as
permitted by law), in its employment practices, or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of
sex/gender. As a recipient of federal financial assistance for education activities, the University is required by
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that all of its education programs and activities do
not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex, sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression
sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status.

The University also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing sexual harassment or participating
in any investigation or complaint process internal or external to the institution. Sexual harassment, sexual
assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking are forms of sexual harassment, which are prohibited
under Title IX and by University policy.

Any member of the campus community, guest, or visitor who acts to deny, deprive, or limit the educational,
employment, residential, or social access, opportunities and/or benefits of any member of the University
community on the basis of sex is in violation of the Sexual Harassment Policy.

Any person may report sex-based harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged
to have experienced the conduct), in person, by mail, by telephone, by video, or by email, using the contact
information listed for the Title IX Coordinator (below). A report may be made at any time (including during
non-business hours).

Questions regarding Title IX, including its application and/or concerns about noncompliance, should be
directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Lisa Dooley, Ed.D.

Lisa Dooley, Ed.D., Title IX Coordinator
Office of Title IX
Memorial Hall, 4th Floor, Room 412
500 University Ave W., Minot, ND 58707
(701) 858-3447
Email: lisa.dooley@ndus.edu • Web: https://www.minotstateu.edu/title9/index.shtml

Non-Discrimination Statement

Minot State University (MSU) does not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion or creed, sex, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, political beliefs or affiliations, or information protected by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA); and complies with all federal and state non-discrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, orders and regulations, including remaining compliant and consistent with the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This policy on non-discrimination applies to admissions, enrollment, scholarships, loan programs, participation in University activities, employment, and access to participation in, and treatment in all University programs and activities.

MSU prohibits retaliation against any individual or group who exercises its rights or responsibilities protected under the provisions of state law, federal law and/or MSU policy. Employees or students who violate this policy may face disciplinary action up to and including separation from the University. Third parties who commit discrimination or harassment may have their relationships with the University terminated and/or their privileges of being on University premises withdrawn.

Questions, comments, or complaints regarding sexual discrimination or sexual harassment may be directed to the Title IX Office. All other forms of discrimination (e.g. racial) or harassment may be directed to the Vice President for Student Affairs or the Director of Human Resources, as appropriate. Complaints may also be filed with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.

Lisa Dooley, Ed.D.
Title IX Coordinator
Memorial Hall, 4th Floor, Room 412
500 University Ave W.
Minot, ND 58707

Kevin Harmon
Vice President, Student Affairs
Administration Bldg., 1st Floor
500 University Ave W.
Minot, ND 58707

Director, Human Resources / EEO/AA
500 University Ave W
Minot, ND 58707

The Office for Civil Rights/Chicago
U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center
500 W Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661
Telephone: (312) 730-1560, FAX: (312) 730-1576,
TDD: (800) 877-8339, email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov, website: ed.gov/ocr.

President’s Message

Steven Shirley

MSU Students, Faculty, and Staff,

At Minot State University, an important part of our success depends on creating a safe and welcoming living, learning, and working environment for all. As such, MSU does not tolerate sex-based discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Supporting this commitment requires building a culture of inclusion and respect for all, and responsibility for establishing and maintaining that culture is the responsibility of each one of us.

Minot State University is steadfast in our commitment to preventing and addressing any form of sexual harassment within our community of learners. If you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to contact a confidential campus resource and/or the Title IX coordinator to assist with safety planning, providing ongoing support, and explaining your rights and reporting options. Please take a moment to review university policy and procedures on these issues through MSU’s Title IX website.

We all have a responsibility to create an environment where sexual violence, harassment and misconduct are unacceptable and where survivors are supported. Together, we can create an inclusive culture ensuring every member of our community is treated with care and respect.


Steven Shirley, Ph.D.