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Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

1500 Birchmont Drive NE
Box #3
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699

Deputy Hall 307
Hours:8:00-4:00 pm

Phone: (218) 755-2010
Fax: (218) 755-2749



The Office of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action operates in full compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 2008, Jobs for Veterans Act, the Vietnam-Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1975 legislation, and Minnesota’s non-discrimination policy and anti-hate crime laws.

Title IX

"No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." Title 20 U.S.C. Sections 1681-1688

What does that mean?

Title IX forbids sex discrimination in all university student services and academic programs including, but not limited to, admissions, financial aid, academic advising, housing, athletics, recreational services, college residential life programs, health services, counseling and psychological services, Registrar's office, classroom assignments, grading and discipline. Title IX also forbids discrimination because of sex in employment and recruitment consideration or selection, whether full time or part time, under any education program or activity operated by an institution receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance. 

Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

 For more information or to submit a complaint of discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, which includes sexual violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, contact:

Dr. Mary L Ward
Assistant to the President for Affirmative Action
307 Deputy Hall

For Athletics:

Sarah Levesque
Associate Director of Athletics/SWA
216 Physical Education Building
Information about the complaint process can be found at:
Section 504

BSU-NTC are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for enrolled or admitted students, applicants or employees, who have documented disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Title I of the ADA and the Minnesota Human Rights Act make it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability.

It is the institutional policy  that the campus shall make services available for any student and employee who can document a disability. Students and employees can expect appropriate services including; 1) support and information, 2) accommodation services, and 3) advocacy services.

BSU-NTC policy (Reasonable Accommodations in Employment Policy) calls for reasonable accommodations to be made for employees with disabilities on an individualized and flexible basis. It is the responsibility of employees with disabilities, however, to seek available assistance and to make their needs known at the office of EOAA. Students seeking reasonable accommodations should contact the Office of Disabilities Services and Student ADA Compliance located in Sanford Hall.