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?


  • 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 does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, source of income, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. Any inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or the Office for Civil Rights.

The campus Title IX Coordinator is: Laura Halvorson, Thatcher Hall 1104, 701-228-5680 or laura.halvorson@dakotacollege.edu

Inquiries concerning the application of nondiscrimination policies may also be referred to: 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.

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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
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

Cole Watson
Security Officer
Office Location: Student Center
Telephone: 701-228-5621
Email: cole.watson@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