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Title IX: Sexual Misconduct

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by recipients of federal funds, including colleges, universities, and public school districts. Unless they are specifically exempt, Title IX applies to all institutions that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education, including state and local educational agencies. Recipients subject to Title IX include approximately 16,500 local school districts, 7,000 postsecondary institutions, as well as charter schools, for-profit schools, libraries, and museums. Also included are vocational rehabilitation agencies and education agencies of 50 states, the District of Columbia, and territories and possessions of the United States. OCR enforces Title IX to ensure that students have equal access to educational opportunity and can go to school without fear of sex discrimination.

For more information, please visit the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights website.

Title IX at Lake Area Tech: Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention, & Reporting

It is the goal of Lake Area Tech to maintain a safe learning environment for all students; therefore, sexual misconduct is not tolerated. Lake Area Tech actively trains students and employees on best practices to prevent sexual assault and enforces policies and procedures to stop and remedy the situation should it occur. All Lake Area Tech employees are mandatory reporters.

To report an incident, please complete the online Title IX Complaint form by clicking on this button:

Title IX protects staff and students from:

  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Sexual harassment
  • Rape
  • Domestic violence
  • Dating violence
  • Stalking

LATC Title IX Support Services

  • Explaining the Title IX process and options
  • Coordinating support services
  • Connecting staff and student with campus and community resources

Additional LATC Resources

Community Resources

Beacon Center
24-hour crisis line, counseling and legal advocacy
801 Jenson Avenue SE, Watertown SD 57201
Crisis Line: 605-886-4300
Daytime Phone: 605-886-4304

Watertown Police Department
Reporting and safety (Watertown campus)
128 North Maple, Watertown SD 57201
Emergency: 911
Phone: 605-882-6210

Pierre Police Department
Reporting and safety (Pierre campus)
3200 SD Highway 34, Pierre SD 57501
Emergency: 911
Phone: 605-773-7410

Additional Information

LATC Sexual Harassment & Title IX Guidance (Jan. 2024)
LATC Title IX Definitions (July 2022)
Watertown School District Policy ACCA – Sexual Harassment

Non-Discrimination Statement

Lake Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs, activities, and employment. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Vice President
PO Box 730, Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 882-5284 x 225

Those in need of accommodations should notify their instructor and make appropriate arrangements with the Office of Disability Services at (605) 882-5284 x 399.