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Understanding Title IX

Valley City State is committed to a respectful, safe, and healthy environment and does not tolerate sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct in any form.  

Help prevent sexual misconduct

  • Don’t harass, exploit, threaten, or assault people
  • “Step up.” Say something if something doesn’t seem right
  • Take care of yourself and take care of your friends
  • Understand how alcohol effects the body, mind, and ability to consent
  • Discuss and respect boundaries and preferences with sexual partners
  • Receive a freely-given, sober, and enthusiastic “yes” before sexual activity with any partner – new or familiar

Get educated

How to report to VCSU’s Title IX Team

You have several choices:

  • Report online, anonymously or otherwise
  • Report to Title IX Coordinator or Team Member
  • Provide as much or as little information as you want: visit in person, make a phone call or email.
  • Although it’s not required, you’re encouraged to report to the police; the university will help you with that if you’d like.
  • Reporting to a Title IX Team Member does not automatically initiate an investigation.
  • Reporting to a Title IX Team Member will enable the university to take measures to stop the behavior, prevent it from occurring in the future, and provide support, resources, and protection.

Get confidential support

With few exceptions, these confidential resources are not required to disclose information to college authorities.

  • VCSU Health and Counseling Services
    • Licensed Clinical Counselor
    • 701-845-7427
  • VCSU Health Services
    • Director of Health and Wellness Services
    • Mythaler Hall, first floor
    • 701-845-7305
  • Abused Persons Outreach
    • Center (APOC)
    • Victim Services and Prevention Coordinator
    • 701-845-0078
  • F-M Rape and Abuse Crisis Center
  • The Village (For Employees)

If you have been sexually harassed or assaulted

  • Get to a safe place and seek emergency help
  • Get support from loved ones and confidential resources
  • Report to Valley City State University Title IX Coordinator or Team Member at any time, in whatever way is most comfortable for you.

Get emergency help

Valley City Police: 911
Mercy Hospital

570 Chautauqua Blvd, Valley City

Title IX Coordinator

Kaleen Peterson

Kaleen Peterson

Director for Student Academic Services
Erin Klingenberg

Erin Klingenberg

Vice President for Student Affairs
Jennifer Larson

Jennifer Larson

Director for Human Resources

Policy Statement

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity.  Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination pursuant to Title IX.

VCSU will respond promptly and supportively to persons alleged to be victimized by sexual harassment, resolve allegations of sexual harassment promptly and accurately under a predictable, fair grievance process that provides dues process protections to alleged victims and alleged perpetrators of sexual harassment, and effectively implement remedies for victims.

Learn more about Equal Access and Equal Opportunity

Valley City State University is committed to nondiscrimination in its educational policies and employment practices as required by law, specifically, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. The university has given assurance of compliance with these regulations and subsequent amendments. The university will seek prompt and equitable resolution of allegations of discrimination, or retaliation for allegations. Discrimination for this policy includes allegations relating to race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and nursing mothers), age, marital status, physical or mental disability, equal pay, genetic information, and of allegations relating to sexual harassment. This procedure is in compliance with state and federal regulations.

With regard to Equal Employment Opportunity, the university will implement employment practices that exceed the minimal expectations of the law.

Inquiries concerning compliance may be directed to the following:

Title IX Coordinator
Kaleen Peterson, Director for Student Academic Services
McFarland Hall 322B

Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
John C. Kluczynski Federal Building
230 S Dearborn Street, 37th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604

Title 38 US Code 3679

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), this school adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation &Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. This school will not:

  • Prevent the student’s enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities ) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Produce the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class;
  • Provide a written request to be certified