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Civil Rights

SDSU Extension has developed a Civil Rights Plan to ensure our services are provided in compliance with federal civil rights law. The plan provides a systematic process for assessing compliance with federal regulations regarding policies, procedures, programs, and practices.

Federal Civil Rights Laws

As a land-grant university, South Dakota State University receives federal financial assistance and must comply with laws prohibiting discriminatory behaviors. SDSU Extension does not discriminate in employment or in its provided educational programming on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin or age in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Civil Rights Act of 1991.

SDSU Extension maintains an environment that prohibits anyone, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation or being subjected to discrimination as stated in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The programs provided will serve all citizens of South Dakota equally in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Additionally, SDSU Extension will provide reasonable accommodations to employees and program participants with disabilities.

Nondiscrimination Statement

The nondiscrimination statement shall be posted in all SDSU Extension offices and included on materials produced by SDSU Extension for public information, public education, or public distribution. Staff and registered volunteers should consult internal policies and training resources for usage guidance.

SDSU Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer in accordance with the nondiscrimination policies of South Dakota State University, the South Dakota Board of Regents and the United States Department of Agriculture. Learn more at

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email:
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Accessibility and Accommodations 

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, SDSU Extension is committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities for persons with disabilities. SDSU Extension realizes that individuals with disabilities may need accommodations to participate in educational programs, activities, and services. This includes educational materials and supplies as well as the physical facilities. To request an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies or procedures contact South Dakota State University’s ADA Coordinator. All inquiries, allegations, comments, concerns, or complaints relating to discrimination or violations of the ADA must be reported to South Dakota State University’s Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator

SDSU Extension staff will strive to: 

  • Document all requests for accommodations.
  • Use a reasonable accommodation statement on promotional documents and/or the website announcing activities or events.
  • Be trained on reasonable accommodations. 
  • Consider barriers for individuals with disabilities. 

Public Notification

Affirmative action procedures encourage participation from underrepresented groups. These actions are a normal part of day-to-day program planning and delivery. 

SDSU Extension staff will strive to:

  • Utilize the nondiscrimination statement on the website and/or publications. 
  • Utilize the USDA “And Justice for All” poster to notify the public of their rights and complaint procedures. 
  • Seek assistance from underrepresented groups in helping to increase their involvement.
  • Select meeting places and times which encourage, rather than inhibit, participation from underrepresented groups.
  • Announce meetings, activities, events, etc. in a manner that reaches all segments of the population.

SDSU Extension Volunteers

SDSU Extension volunteers choose to serve their families and communities; to pursue their passions and connect with like-minded people. Our volunteers bridge the gap between research and community knowledge throughout South Dakota. All volunteers are required to read the policy guidebook and submit the necessary forms before volunteer projects being.

Volunteer Policies and Forms

SDSU Extension Documents

SDSU Extension staff can visit the SDSU Extension Policy and Procedures folder to access Civil Rights reporting documents. To view documents, log into Box using your SDSU account.