Title IX

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex of students and employees of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX reads:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance...." Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX).

What is covered by Title IX?

In compliance with Title IX, Minnesota State Community and Technical College and the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities prohibit discrimination in all educational programs and activities on the basis of sex.

Programs under Title IX at M State include academic programs, admissions, recruitment, financial aid, student engagement/life, athletics, fine arts and employment (this list is not exhaustive).

Title IX is frequently thought of as a law that applies only to athletic programs, but it is much broader than that. Title IX applies to all educational programs and activities at M State.

Who coordinates Title IX at M State?

Laura Zeiher, Compliance Officer
Moorhead Campus, 152B
Title IX Coordinator

Responsibilities of the coordinator include:

Monitoring and oversight of overall implementation of Title IX compliance and the prevention of harassment and discrimination at the college including the coordination of training, education, communications and administration of grievance procedures for faculty, staff, students and other members of the college community.

Complaint procedure

To report an incident of sexual violence, dating violence, stalking, harassment or discrimination or for additional information, please visit here or contact any of the following individuals:

Shawn Anderson, Dean of Students/Deputy Title IX Coordinator (1B.1 & 1B.3 Investigator)
Moorhead Campus, D120

Matt Borcherding, Academic Dean (1B.1 Investigator)
Fergus Falls Campus, C 336 / Moorhead Campus, A 111

Scott Ebsen, Director of Student Development Services (1B.1 Investigator)
Moorhead Campus, D123

Steve Erickson, Academic Dean (1B.1 Investigator)
Detroit Lakes Campus, E 107, Moorhead Campus A 111

Dacia Johnson, Chief Human Resources Officer, Deputy Title IX Coordinator (1B.1 & 1B.3 Investigator)
Fergus Falls Campus, A 520

For additional information on sexual violence resources, please visit www.minnesota.edu/?=19791.

Title IX personnel training materials

Below are materials that have been used to train M State’s Title IX personnel including Title IX coordinators, investigators, decision makers and anyone who may facilitate an informal resolution process.

trainED: Minnesota Office of Higher Education Title IX Training

Title IX Coordinators Training: Revised System Procedure 1B.3.1

Sexual Misconduct and DVDVS Investigator Training Class

Minnesota State applicable board policies

To read the policy in full, please see Minnesota State Board Policy 1B.1 Non-Discrimination in Employment and Education. To read the policy regarding sexual violence, please see Minnesota State Board Policy 1B.3 Sexual Violence Policy. To view all current M State policies and procedures, please visit www.minnesota.edu/policies.