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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.07
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 21, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Black Hills State University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.58 / 3.00 Petrika Peters
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy:
Black Hills State University is committed to the achievement of equal opportunity in student admissions, student financial assistance, and faculty and staff employment. BHSU prohibits discrimination based on the arbitrary consideration of such characteristics as race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status, or disability, except to the extent allowed by law. Discrimination will not be tolerated in any aspect of the access to admission, or treatment of students in its programs and activities, or in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment (including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, assignment, training, promotion, tenure, transfer, compensation or termination). Furthermore, University and Board of Regents policy includes prohibitions of harassment of students and employees, including racial harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation for filing complaints of discrimination.

Black Hills State University affirms its commitment to the objectives of equal opportunity and non-discrimination in accordance with state and federal law. The University complies with the regulations of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as other applicable Federal and State laws and regulations pertaining to discrimination. Redress for alleged violations of those laws may be pursued through the procedures established by the provisions of BOR Policy 1:18, or through the legal system.

Black Hills State University is further committed to taking affirmative action to achieve equality of opportunity with regard to the disabled, minorities, women, and Vietnam-era veterans. The Director of Human Resources holds primary responsibility for maintaining the Affirmative Action Plan, monitoring related university policies, and assisting individuals who have questions or problems related to discrimination.

The following policies and procedures are important elements in equal opportunity. The sources are also listed.

Sexual Harassment Policy: BOR Policy 1:17, http://www.bhsu.edu/FacultyStaff/PoliciesHandbooks/PolicyManual/tabid/11329/Default.aspx#Equal_Opportunity


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):
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Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

The Center for American Indian Studies provides programming designed to meet the needs of American Indian Students such as Bridge Programming, Mentoring, Jump Start, two student organizations and a general studies class that is offered the fall semester.


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Black Hills State University sponsors an on campus Center for American Indian Studies. The center performs multiple duties including the administration of academic programs, promoting cultural awareness, recruiting and retaining American Indian Students, acting as a liaison between the University and Tribal Governments, as well as supporting and encouraging research relating to all aspects of American Indian culture. The center also supports two student organizations, The Lakota Omniciye and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
No

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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