Title IX

The South Dakota Board of Regents (SD BOR), SDSBVI, and SDSD have a particular concern with conduct that subjects staff and students to harassment, as herein defined, on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, transgender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status, on any other status that may be come protected under law against discrimination or on any other grounds. Such conduct cannot be tolerated. The SD BOR forbids harassing conduct, and those members of the institutional community who have indulged in it shall be subject to discipline pursuant to SD BOR Policy 1:18.

For information on the South Dakota Board of Regents and/or campus specific policies and procedures, please refer to the Contact and Resources information.

For reporting harassment and/or sexual misconduct, use the Complaint of Discrimination / Harassment Form.

Title IX Resources and their Contact Information

  • Title IX Training Coordinator / Investigator
    Jean M. Merkle 
    Office Phone: 605-658-3665
  • HHS / Office for Civil Rights (Rocky Mountain Region)
    1961 Stout Street – Room 08148
    Denver, CO 80294
    Customer Response Center: (800) 368-1019
    Fax: (202) 619-3818
    Email: ocrmail@hhs.gov
  • Local Police Department
    On Campus Dial 9-911
    Off Campus Dial 911
  • Aberdeen, SD Resource
    Safe Harbor (off campus resource for confidential sexual assault assistance)
    310 S Kline Street
    Aberdeen, SD 57401
    (605) 226-1212 or (888) 290-2935 (available 24/7)
  • Sioux Falls, SD Resources
    Children's Home Society
    PO Box 1749
    801 N Sycamore Ave
    Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1749
    (605) 334-6004
  • The Compass Center
    1800 West 12th Street Suite 100
    Sioux Falls, SD 57104
    (605) 339-0116 or 1-877-IN-CRISIS (available 24/7)