Title IX

HalvorsonLaura190x190.jpg Title IX Coordinator

Laura Halvorson
Office: Thatcher Hall, Room 1104
Telephone: 701-228-5680
Email: laura.halvorson@dakotacollege.edu

Dakota College at Bottineau strives to create a campus community free from interpersonal abuse including sexual misconduct.  In working to achieve this intent, Dakota College commits to:

  • Taking action to stop sexual misconduct;
  • Taking action to remedy its effects by providing support and appropriate referral services for recipients of the behavior;
  • Taking action to prevent recurrences;
  • Educating individuals and promoting discussions on interpersonal abuse and violence; and
  • Conducting impartial investigation of all reports/notices of sexual misconduct through fair, equitable and prompt procedures.  Investigations will be independent of and separate from law enforcement investigations of criminal activity.

Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Compliance

Dakota College at Bottineau and Title IX:

Title IX policy is required by federal law (Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972) and implementation of this policy is guided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.

  • In accordance with Title IX, Dakota College does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender identity in educational program and activities. 
  • Sexual misconduct and discrimination are prohibited in all forms, regardless of intent to harm.  This includes sexual violence, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, coercion and sexual harassment.  All of these are examples of sexual discrimination and sexual misconduct, and all are prohibited. 
  • Also prohibited under Title IX is any rule violated on the basis of the recipient’s sex/gender which is severe enough to cause a discriminatory effect.  (Examples of this may include but are not limited to bullying, cyber-bullying, relationship violence, and stalking.)

What does Title IX cover?

UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATORY BEHAVIORS UNDER TITLE IX

  • SEXUAL HARASSMENT (unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature)
  • SEXUAL MISCONDUCT (rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation and other forms of nonconsensual sexual activity)
  • STALKING (repeatedly following, harassing, threatening or intimidating including by telephone, mail, electronic communication or social media)
  • DATING VIOLENCE (including emotional, and verbal abuse without the presence of physical abuse)
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (including emotional and verbal abuse without the presence of physical abuse)
  • RETALIATION (adverse employment, academic or other actions against anyone reporting or participating in an investigation of Title IX allegations)

What do students need to know?

If you or someone you know at Dakota College has experienced any of the prohibited behaviors listed above, you have a right to seek support from many available resources and/or file a complaint.

Should an incident ever arise that you feel needs the attention of the DCB Title IX Taskforce, you may speak to any one of us, or fill out a Formal Complaint form.  Click the buttons below to download the Incident Reporting Form.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) 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 College activities, employment, and access to participation in, and treatment in all College programs and activities.

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

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When should I contact a member of the Title IX Taskforce?

Any student, or applicant for admission who has concerns about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct is encouraged to seek the assistance of a Title IX Taskforce member.

Contact us if you:

  • Wish to understand your options if you think you may have encountered sex discrimination or sexual misconduct;
  • Need help on how to handle a situation by which you are indirectly affected;
  • Have questions about Dakota College’s policies and procedures.

Confidentiality:   Conversations with the Title IX Coordinator and members are kept as confidential as possible, but information about incidents of sexual misconduct must be shared with relevant administrators if Dakota College needs to take action for reasons of community safety.  All staff and faculty (with the exception of campus counselor Cory Gorder) are legally mandated reporters. 


DCB Title IX Taskforce

Laura Halvorson
TRiO Assistant Director / Title IX Coordinator
Office: Thatcher Hall, Room 1104
Telephone: 701-228-5680
Email: laura.halvorson@dakotacollege.edu

Hattie Albertson
Library Director
Office: DCB Library, Room 1124
Telephone: 701-228-5454
Email: hattie.c.albertson@dakotacollege.edu

Erin Williams
Instructor
Office: Thatcher Hall, Room 208
Telephone: 701-228-5460
Email: erin.beth.williams@dakotacollege.edu

Beth Macdonald
Director of Admissions
Office: Thatcher Hall, Room 114
Telephone: 701-228-5426
Email: beth.macdonald@dakotacollege.edu

Corey Gorder
Student Services Counseling
Office Location: Molberg Center, Room 12
Telephone: 701-228-5673
Email: corey.gorder@dakotacollege.edu

Brock Lemon
Men's Basketball Coach
Thatcher Hall, Weight Room 10b
Telephone: 701-228-5642
Email: brock.lemon@dakotacollege.edu


Additional Contacts

Marc M. Wachtfogel, Ph.D.
Director, Human Resources / EEO/AA / Deputy Title IX Coordinator
500 University Ave W
Minot, ND 58707
Telephone: 701-858-4610
Email: hr@minotstateu.edu or marc.wachtfogel@ndus.edu

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