Title IX

HalvorsonLaura190x190.jpg Title IX Coordinator

Laura Halvorson
Office: Thatcher Hall, Room 1124
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.

What do students need to know?

If you or someone you know at Dakota College has experienced any of the prohibited behaviors listed below, 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 that is located on this page.


What does Title IX cover?


a. Sexual Harassment.  Conduct, on the basis of sex, constituting one (or more) of the following:

i. An employee of the institution conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the institution on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;
ii. Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the institution’s education program or activity; or
iii. Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, as defined in this section.


b. Sexual Assault.  Either rape, fondling, incest, statutory rape, or any of the sexual offenses listed in N.D.C.C. ch. 12.1-20 or by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting system.

c. Stalking.  Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (a) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or (b) suffer substantial emotional distress.

d. Domestic Violence.  Violence committed by the respondent, who is:

i. a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the complainant;
ii. a person with whom the complainant shares a child in common;
iii. cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner;
iv. similarly situated to a spouse of the complainant; or
v. any person against whose acts the complainant is protected by N.D.C.C. ch. 14-07.1.


e. Dating Violence.  Violence committed by the respondent:

i. Who is or has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the complainant; and
ii. Where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined by considering the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interactions between the complainant and respondent.

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. 


Formal Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form

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Complainant Information

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DCB Title IX Taskforce

Laura Halvorson
Title IX Coordinator
Office: Thatcher Hall, Room 1109
Telephone: 701-228-5680
Email: laura.halvorson@dakotacollege.edu

Hattie Albertson
Education Faculty
Office: Thatcher Hall, Room 203
Telephone: 701-228-5454
Email: hattie.c.albertson@dakotacollege.edu

Erin Williams
Nursing Faculty
Office: Thatcher Hall, Room 213
Telephone: 701-228-5460
Email: erin.beth.williams@dakotacollege.edu

Corey Gorder
Mental Health Counselor
Office Location: Thatcher Hall, Room 109
Telephone: 701-228-5673
Email: corey.gorder@dakotacollege.edu


Additional Contacts

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

Sara Abrahamson
Human Resource Director
Administrative Bldg 2nd Floor
500 University Avenue West
Minot, ND 58707
Telephone: 701-858-4610
Email: hr@minotstate.edu

Title IX Policy Manual


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.)

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 whocommit 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.

Laura Halvorson
Title IX Coordinator
Thatcher Hall 1109
105 Simrall BLVD Bottineau, ND 58318

Human Resources
Dakota College at Bottineau
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.

Title IX Training Completed

Here is the list of training that our Title IX members have attended.

Laura Halvorson
ATIXA TNG Training
October 2023
Laura Halvorson Title IX Prevention and Response Team in Higher Education and k12
August 2023
Laura Halvorson
Erin Williams
What you Need to Know About the New Title IX Notice of Proposed Rulemakeing NPRM
June 2022
Laura Halvorson Grand River Solutions-Athletic Equity Training February 2022
Laura Halvorson
Hattie Albertson
D Stafford and Associates Sexual Misconduct Investigation Training
April 2021
Laura Halvorson
Hattie Albertson
D Stafford and Associates Decision Maker Class Training
March 2021
Laura Halvorson
Erin Williams
ATIXA Level 3 Investigator Training
May 2019
Laura Halvorson
Erin Williams
ATIXA Level 2 Investigator Training October 2018
Laura Halvorson
Erin Williams
ATIXA Level 1 Investigator Training April 2018