Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College are committed to developing and fostering understanding and appreciation of a free, diverse, and inclusive society and providing equal opportunity for all its students and employees.

To help bring about this goal, Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in employment and education.  No person shall be discriminated against with respect to the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.  In addition, discrimination in employment based on familial status or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law is prohibited.

Sexual violence is an intolerable intrusion into the most personal and private rights of an individual and is prohibited at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College.  The college and university are committed to eliminating sexual violence in all forms and will take appropriate remedial action against any individual found responsible for such acts.

Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College are also committed to building and maintaining a workplace that is objectively civil, respectful and professional for all college and university employees, volunteers, contractors, and other persons interacting with or engaging their employees.  The college and university believe that collaborative and respectful work places are essential to fulfilling our respective visions and missions.

On this site you will find policies and procedures regarding discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence.  Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College students or employees with concerns or uncertainty about violations of these policies are encouraged to contact the Campus Diversity Officer or Affirmative Action Officer at or call 218-755-4121 for further information.

 -President Faith C. Hensrud

Guiding Principles

  • Credibility: able to be believed, trustworthy.
  • Responsibility: willingness to be accountable.
  • Fair: in accordance with rules and standards; free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism.

Vision Statement

Our vision is for a college and university community that is welcoming and safe for people of all identities, backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and competencies, that works to remove the barriers that stand in the way of full inclusion.

Affirmative Action Plan

The 2018-2020 Affirmative Action plan can be read here