Discrimination and Harassment
Reports should be made to the Title IX Coordinator:
Director of Institutional Research and Student Records
Phone: (605) 718-2958 Office: D116/D225C
800 Mickelson Drive
Rapid City, SD 57703
Discrimination and Harassment*
Western Dakota Tech (“WDT”) will not tolerate racism, discrimination, harassment, exploitation or victimization of students, school employees, non-employees or any person who is an invitee of WDT for any reason, including but not limited to race, color, ethnic background, national origin, pregnancy, marital status, religion, creed, age, sex, citizenship, political affiliation, mental and/or physical challenge, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, status as a veteran, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local law.
Sexual Harassment - Title IX**
WDT is committed to providing a workplace and educational environment, as well as other benefits, programs, and activities, that are free from sexual harassment. To ensure compliance with federal and state civil rights laws, WDT has developed a policy and related procedures to provide a prompt, fair, and impartial process for those involved in an allegation of sexual harassment. WDT values and upholds the equal dignity of all members of its community and strives to balance the rights of the parties during what is often a difficult time for all those involved.
Pregnancy and Parenting
Western Dakota Tech is committed to creating and maintaining a community where all individuals enjoy freedom from discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of sex, as mandated by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). Sex discrimination, which can include discrimination based on pregnancy, marital status, or parental status, is prohibited and illegal in admissions, educational programs and activities, hiring, leave policies, employment policies, and health insurance coverage. Western Dakota Tech hereby establishes a policy and associated procedures for ensuring the protection and equal treatment of pregnant individuals, persons with pregnancy-related conditions, and new parents.
Students requesting pregnancy-related accommodations are encouraged to contact the Student Success Center.
It is the policy of WDT not to discriminate on the basis of disability. WDT has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations implementing the Act. Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Any person who believes she or he has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability may file a grievance under this procedure. It is against the law for WDT to retaliate against anyone who files a grievance or cooperates in the investigation of a grievance.
Student Grievance Process
*Notice of Non-Discrimination:
WDT will not tolerate racism, discrimination, harassment, exploitation or victimization of students, school employees, non-employees, or any person who is an invitee of WDT for any reason, including but not limited to race, color, ethnic background, national origin, pregnancy, marital status, religion, creed, age, sex, citizenship, political affiliation, mental and/or physical challenge, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, status as a veteran, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local law. WDT is committed to providing an environment free from harassment and other forms of discrimination for students, employees, non-employees and its invitees. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries or complaints regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of Student Success/Registrar who serves as the Title IX Coordinator.
**Title IX at Western Dakota Tech:
Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Western Dakota Tech (WDT) does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities that it operates including admissions and employment.
Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can also include sexual harassment which is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:
1. An employee of the College conditioning the provision of education benefits on participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (i.e., quid pro quo); or
2. Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the institution’s education program or activity; or
3. Sexual assault (as defined in the Clery Act), dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the WDT Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the WDT Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number, electronic mail address, or by mail to the office address listed for the WDT Title IX Coordinator. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and/or laws: Debbie Toms, Title IX Coordinator; 800 Mickelson Drive, Office D116/D225C, Rapid City, SD, 57703; 605-718-2958; Deborah.Toms@wdt.edu.
WDT Policies 2001/4001, 2001/4001.Procedure.001, and 2001/4001.Procedure. 002 provide information on WDT’s grievance procedures and grievance processes, including how to report or file a complaint of sex discrimination, how to report or file a formal complaint of sexual harassment, and how WDT will respond.
Policy - https://www.wdt.edu/assets/docs/uploads/about/policies/4001.pdf
Procedure. 001 https://www.wdt.edu/assets/docs/uploads/about/policies/4001procedure001.pdf
Procedure. 002 https://www.wdt.edu/assets/docs/uploads/about/policies/4001procedure002.pdf
Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be referred to the WDT Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary, or to both. The Assistant Secretary contact information is U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202, Main Telephone: 202-453-6914.