Overview for Civil Rights (Title IX) Policies and Procedures

Reports of discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation should be made promptly. There is no time limitation on the filing of grievances as long as the accused individual remains subject to Augustana’s jurisdiction. All reports are acted upon promptly while every effort is made by Augustana to preserve the privacy of reports.

These policies apply to behaviors that take place on the campus, at Augustana-sponsored events and may also apply off-campus and to actions online when it is determined that the off-campus conduct affects a substantial Augustana interest. A substantial Augustana interest is defined to include:

a.   Any action that constitutes a criminal offense as defined by federal or state law. This includes, but is not limited to, single or repeat violations of any local, state or federal law committed in the municipality of Sioux Falls where Augustana is located;

b.   Any situation where it appears that the accused individual may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of self or others;

c.   Any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property or achievements of self or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder; and/or

d.   Any situation that is detrimental to the educational interests of Augustana.

Off-campus discriminatory or harassing speech by employees may be regulated by Augustana only when such speech is made in an employee’s official or work-related capacity.

The Assistant Dean of Students serves as Augustana’s Title IX/Equity/Affirmative Action Coordinator (hereafter referred to as Title IX Coordinator) and oversees implementation of Augustana’s policy on equal opportunity, harassment and nondiscrimination.

Inquiries about this policy and procedure may be made internally to:
Beth Elam
Assistant Dean of Students (Title IX Coordinator)
Dean of Students Office
Edith Mortenson Center #116
(605) 274-4124


Inquiries may be made externally to:
Office for Civil Rights (OCR) U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481
Facsimile: (202) 453-6012
TDD#: (877) 521-2172
Email:  OCR@ed.gov
Web:  http://www.ed.gov/ocr
Web:  https://www.notalone.gov/