ENGR 340 01: Professional Integrity in Engineering

ENGR 340 - Professional Integrity in Engineering

2023 Fall Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 1592

Course Information

You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

Times and Location

TR 2pm-3:15pm in UND Education, Rm 113

Instructor Information

Stacy Bjorgaard, Ph.D.

Email: stacy.bjorgaard@und.edu

Office: Collaborative Energy Complex Room 113F

2023 Fall Office Hours:
Mondays: 6-8 pm (Zoom only); Tuesdays: 9-10:30 am; Wednesdays: 1-4 pm; Thursdays: 9-10:30 am; Fridays: 1-4 pm; or by appointment (all times US Central)

Office Phone: 701.777.1126

About the Professor

For information about your lecturer, view the "Introductions" discussion board in Learning Module 0 in Learning Modules. While there, introduce yourself by replying to the discussion board.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the need for technical professionals to develop personal integrity and moral character in order to benefit society. Students will develop an appreciation for the global context of their decisions, the ability to make sound ethical decisions, and communicate their ideas effectively. This course also explores the impact of engineering and applied science on society.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Indicate that certain aspects of right and wrong exist objectively, independent of culture or personal opinion
  • Recognize ethical situations, evaluate them clearly, and draw conclusions
  • Describe the importance that living a life characterized by virtue has on your ability to make sound ethical decisions (informed choices)
  • Describe current moral issues in engineering and applied science
  • Develop an appreciation for ethical concerns and situations in cultures other than your own
  • Develop an appreciation for the importance of professional integrity in your vocation and leadership

Course Materials

Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases, Harris et al., 6th edition (ISBN 1337554502)

Make sure you get the 6th edition as chapter numbers and case study numbers vary between editions.

Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, 1st edition (ISBN 03743533555)

Technical Requirements/Assistance

Whether you’re taking courses in the classroom or online, it’s important to have the right technology and equipment.  Visit the UND Technical Requirements webpage for more information. Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources.

Minimum Technical Skills Needed

In order to succeed in this course, at a minimum, you should be able to:

  • Navigate in and use basic Blackboard functions
  • Download and open electronic documents
  • Create, save, and upload/attach electronic documents
  • Send, receive, and manage email

Course Logistics

Access and Log in Information

This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: http://blackboard.UND.edu and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.

Course Overview

This course is organized into a series of Learning Modules. There are 14 modules in the course, including Learning Module 0. Each Learning Module with its reading quiz will open on Wednesdays at 12:00 am US Central Time; most of Learning Module 1 will appear on August 16, and Learning Module 2 will open on August 23. The rest of the information will be made available throughout the day on the following Tuesdays. So information will appear in Learning Module 1 on August 22, and Learning Module 2 will populate on August 29. These modules contain reading quizzes, assignments, class recordings, and (occasionally) discussion boards designed to enhance the learning experience and support the various topics. Your final paper will be in a separate content area. Homework, reading quizzes, in-class discussion, occasional discussion boards, a paper, and exams will be used to assess your comprehension and application of the materials.

What Should Students Do First?

Before the first class date, you should have read the syllabus, taken the syllabus quiz, completed your Introductions discussion board posts, and completed your First Thoughts discussion board post. These activities will be available in Learning Module 0.

How Students Should Proceed Each Week for Class Activities

On the left side course menu in Blackboard there is a “Learning Modules” tab. Inside Learning Modules you will find all the required supplementary readings, videos, and assignments. A schedule with all applicable dates can be found later in this sylalbus.


Many services are available to UND students such as writing assistance from the UND Writing Center, free online tutoring from Smarthinking, and more. Visit the Student Resources page for more information. Students also have access to the UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard. It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within the site to better equip you in navigating the course.

Course Requirements/Expectations

This is not a work-at-your-own-pace course. You are expected to attend class and log in regularly to Blackboard to take reading quizzes, post in occasional discussion boards, submit assignments and the paper, and take exams. You should expect to spend 3 hours per week in class and 5-6 hours per week on reading and homework. Exams will be given on specific dates and will not be available at any other time.

  1. The student will review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard.
  2. The student will access and follow all course instructions found in the Learning Module area of the Blackboard course.
  3. The student will participate in any lecture or discussion sessions on campus or online as provided and as part of this course.
  4. The student will complete and submit reading quizzes, discussion board posts (where applicable), assignments, the paper, and exams by the dates noted and in the manner described in Blackboard and on the course schedule. We will use US Central Time for due dates and times - be sure to watch for Daylight Savings Time ending in November.
  5. The student will participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from instructor and/or peers.

Instructor Responsibilities and Feedback

  • The instructor will provide feedback on homework within one week of the due date.
  • The instructor will provide feedback on quizzes within one week of the due date.
  • The instructor will provide feedback on discussion boards within one week of the due date.
  • The instructor will provide feedback on the paper proposal within one week of the due date.
  • The instructor will provide feedback on the paper within 10 days of the due date.
  • The instructor will provide feedback on the exams within 10 days of the exam date.
  • The instructor will be available during appointed Office Hours to answer questions, provide feedback, and offer advice.


This course is made up of a series of assignments, reading quizzes, a paper, class discussions, and exams to assist you in achieving the course learning objectives.

In this course your learning will be assessed in the following ways:


Written assignments will be given at the close of the first lecture discussing a chapter, typically on Tuesdays, and will be available within the Learning Modules. You may reference additional material found online, but you must properly cite and paraphrase all material used (not doing so is plagiarism, which is academic dishonesty). All assignments are due at 11:59 pm US Central Time on Sundays. Each written assignment will be worth 15 points. Assignments will be submitted on Blackboard in provided homework links (please submit as a single .docx or .pdf file).

Homework submissions that appear to be nothing more than copies of someone else's work or plagiarized from an online source will not be graded. Work copied from solutions manuals, online sources, Chegg, etc. will not be tolerated and will have serious consequences. This is academic dishonesty. Multiple offenses will result in the student being referred to the Dean of the College of Engineering and Mines and the Dean of Students office. I will no longer grade your work.

Reading Quizzes

Each chapter will have a short reading quiz, which will be due at 11:59 pm on Mondays. The reading quizzes will be based on the upcoming week's readings.


For the term paper, you will use at least three of the methods and concepts from the course to analyze an issue in engineering ethics. You can pick an issue that deals with an emerging technology (i.e., anything in the 14 Grand Challenges for Engineers) or an engineering disaster (e.g., the Chernobyl disaster, the Boeing 737 MAX crashes). The issue needs to be of sufficient complexity that you can apply the principles from the course to your analysis of the issue.

You will briefly summarize the issue. Then, pick at least 3 concepts and methods from class to include in your ethical analysis. These could include the following, though there are many more:

  • Various concepts discussed throughout the text
  • Engineering codes of ethics
  • Event tree or fault tree method of risk analysis
  • Evaluating responsibility (legal vs. moral, reckless vs. negligent, impediments to responsibility)
  • Applying a virtue ethics approach vs. a utilitarian approach vs. a respect for persons ethics approach

Class Participation

Your class participation grade will be based on your participation in classroom case study discussions. We will have approximately one case study discussion per week. To earn points, you must attend class and be on task, thoughtfully discussing the case and the ethical issues with your classmates.

A few times this semester, your class participation grade may be based on your participation in Blackboard discussion boards. You must contribute one unique question or topic and reply to two different posts each week after the forums have been opened. Your comments must be meaningful to the subjects covered in the course material that week. Initial posts must reference at least two concepts discussed in class that week and illustrate that you understand the case study and concepts you are demonstrating in the post. Replies must engage the original post in the thread and show understanding of at least one concept from class. Posts will be due at 11:59 pm US Central Time on Sundays.

The topics we discuss this semester may be controversial. We need to try to be as sensitive as we can when we discuss these issues. In online discussions, we must be especially careful to treat one another with tolerance, sensitivity, and respect. In online communication, sometimes we must take extra care to communicate these attitudes. Feel free to use emojis, if necessary, to help others recognize your intentions.


The exams will cover previous reading/lecture material and will consist of multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions. Midterm exams will be written to be completed in 75 minutes, and the final exam will be written to be completed in 120 minutes. Exam dates may be found on the provided schedule below.

The midterm exams and final exam will be closed book, closed notes. All cell phones and portable electronic devices (for example, smart watches) are prohibited during exams.



Announcements will be posted in Blackboard on a regular basis. Be sure to check the class announcements regularly as they will contain important information about class assignments and other class matters.


If you need to contact me directly, check the "Faculty" tab in Blackboard or look earlier in this syllabus for my contact information. My email response hours are 7 am - 7 pm US Central Time each day classes are in session. If you email me between these times, I will do my best to get back to you the same day. Outside these times, I will respond typically within 24 to 48 hours. If you email me, please include "Engr 340" in the subject line to ensure it receives the proper attention.

Discussion Forums

Discussion forums are an excellent way for you to engage with the course material and with your peers. In a few Learning Modules, we will have a discussion board. You are expected to read all assigned discussion boards and provide thoughtful contributions.

Course Etiquette

When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Always use professional language (no netspeak) in your postings and emails. Please be respectful of your classmates at all times even if you disagree with their ideas.




I will drop your two lowest homework scores.



I will drop your two lowest quiz scores.



Class Participation

Class Participation10%

Exam 1

Exam 117.5%

Exam 2

Exam 217.5%

Final Exam

Final Exam10%

Final Grade Scale

A: 90% to 100%
B: 80% to 89.9%
C: 70% to 79.9%
D: 69% to 69.9%
F: 0% to 59.9%

The above grading scale is your guaranteed grade. Any adjustments ("curving") are considered a bonus and will be made at the discretion of your instructor, to the entire class, based on class performance and course expectations. This will not be done until final grades are due.

Schedule of Topics and Assignments

Day: Date: Reading(s): Agenda/Topic: Due:
Tue 8/22 Syllabus
In Learning Module 1, case study readings & videos
Course Intro Introductions discussion board posts: due August 27
First Thoughts discussion board posts: due August 27
Homework 1: due August 27
Chapter 1 reading quiz: due August 28
Syllabus quiz: due September 4
Thu 8/24 Case study Class participation: case study discussion in class
Tue 8/29 Engineering Ethics Chapter 1 Engineers: Professionals for the Human Good Chapter 2 reading quiz: due September 4
Thu 8/31 In Learning Module 2, case study readings & videos Case study Class participation: case study discussion in class
Tue 9/5 Engineering Ethics Chapter 2 A Practical Ethics Toolkit - line drawings, creative middle way solutions, common morality Homework 2: due September 10
Thu 9/7 In Learning Module 3, case study readings & videos Case study Class participation: case study discussion in class
Tue 9/12 A Practical Ethics Toolkit - utilitarianism, respect for persons ethics, virtue ethics Homework 3: due September 17
Chapter 3 reading quiz: due September 18
Thu 9/14 In Learning Module 3, case study readings & videos Case study Class participation: case study discussion in class
Tue 9/19 Engineering Ethics Chapter 3 Responsibility in Engineering Homework 4: due September 24
Chapter 4 reading quiz: due September 25
Thu 9/21 In Learning Module 4, case study readings & videos Case study Class participation: case study discussion in class
Tue 9/26 Engineering Ethics Chapter 4 Engineers in Organizations Homework 5: due October 1
Thu 9/28 In Learning Module 5, case study readings & videos Case study Class participation: case study discussion in class
Tue 10/3 Exam 1 Chapter 5 reading quiz: due October 9
Thu 10/5 Final Term Paper Paper Proposal: due November 5
Final Paper: due November 27
Tue 10/10 Engineering Ethics Chapter 5 Trust & Reliability Homework 6: due October 15
Chapter 6 reading quiz: due October 16
Thu 10/12 In Learning Module 6, case study readings & videos Case study Class participation: case study discussion in class
Tue 10/17 Engineering Ethics Chapter 6 The Engineer's Responsibility to Assess & Manage Risk Homework 7: due October 22
Chapter 7 reading quiz: due October 23
Thu 10/19 In Learning Module 7, case study readings & videos Case study Class participation: case study discussion in class
Tue 10/24 Engineering Ethics Chapter 7 Engineering & the Environment Homework 8: due October 29
Chapter 8 reading quiz: due October 30
Thu 10/26 In Learning Module 8, case study readings & videos Case study Class participation: case study discussion in class
Tue 10/31 Engineering Ethics Chapter 8 Engineering in the Global Context Homework 9: due November 5
Chapter 9 reading quiz: due November 6
Thu 11/2 In Learning Module 9, case study readings & videos Case study Class participation: case study discussion in class
Tue 11/7 Engineering Ethics Chapter 9 New Horizons in Engineering Homework 10: due November 12
Thu 11/9 In Learning Module 10, case study readings & videos Case study Class participation: case study discussion in class
Tue 11/14 Exam 2 Review Day Thinking, Fast & Slow Chapters 1-3 reading quiz: due November 20
Thu 11/16 Exam 2
Tue 11/21 Thinking, Fast & Slow Chapters 1-3
In Learning Module 11, case study readings & videos
The Characters of the Story; Attention & Effort; The Lazy Controller Homework 11: due November 26
Case study discussion board posts: due November 26
Thinking, Fast & Slow Chapters 4-6 reading quiz: due November 27
Thu 11/23 No Class
Tue 11/28 Thinking, Fast & Slow Chapters 4-6 The Associative Machine; Cognitive Ease; Norms, Surprises, & Causes Homework 12: due December 3
Thinking, Fast & Slow Chapters 7-9 reading quiz: due December 4
Thu 11/30 In Learning Module 11, case study readings & videos Case study Class participation: case study discussion in class
Tue 12/5 Thinking, Fast & Slow Chapters 7-9 A Machine for Jumping to Conclusions; How Judgments Happen; Answering an Easier Question
Thu 12/7 Final Exam Review
Thu 12/14 Final Exam: Thinking, Fast & Slow Chapters 1-9, 3:15-5:15 pm, Education 113


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Course Policies

Assignment Policy

All assignments must be submitted through Blackboard and will be due at the dates and times noted on the schedule and in Blackboard. Each assignment will be worth 15 points.

Quiz Policy

All quizzes will be taken in Blackboard and will be due at the dates and times noted in the schedule and in Blackboard. Each quiz will be worth 15 points.

Class Participation Policy

Classroom case studies will take place once per week. Earning points will depend on attending class and thoughtfully discussing the case study with your classmates.

If needed, discussion boards will be in Blackboard. Posts will be due at the dates and times noted in Blackboard. Copying another student's posts in the discussion boards will lead to an automatic 0 - no exceptions (this is plagiarism and is academic dishonesty).

Each set of discussion board posts or classroom case study will be worth 5 points.

Paper Policy

The proposal and paper will be submitted in Blackboard and will be due at the dates and times noted in the schedule and in Blackboard. The proposal will be worth 10 points, and the paper will be worth 90 points. Note that you must submit a proposal that is approved by your instructor before you can submit your final paper.

Your paper will be submitted through SafeAssign to check for plagiarism.

Exam Policy

You will take your exams with the class. Exams will be held during the regularly scheduled class periods.

During exams, you must do your own work. Talking or discussion is not permitted during exams, nor may you compare papers, copy from others, or collaborate in any way. Any collaborative behavior during the exams will result in failure of the exam and may lead to failure of the course and University disciplinary action.

Late Work

All work must be submitted by the due dates posted in the schedule/on Blackboard. No late submissions will be accepted without a valid reason. Late work will be given 50% credit with instructor permission. No credit will be given on work submitted late if that work has been graded and returned to the rest of the class. The acceptance of late assignments is at the discretion of the instructor, provided that you contact the instructor before the due date and ask for an extension. If you have a conflict with the schedule, please contact your instructor as soon as possible.

It is UND's policy that students notify their instructors when ill so appropriate actions may be taken (e.g., develop alternate time schedules, assignments, and exams as needed).

In the event of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness (doctor's note is required) or a family emergency (death, child illness, etc. - documentation must be provided), it is your responsibility to communicate with the instructor at least two days before the exam or due date.

Extra Credit

You may earn 5 points of extra credit in class participation if you complete the SELFI evaluation at the end of the semester. You will need to upload a screenshot showing you have completed it to Blackboard. No other extra credit opportunities will be available.

Class Participation

You are expected to attend all classes - if you will miss class for illness or other reasons, you are expected to communicate with your instructor in advance. You are required to log in regularly to the class Blackboard site. You are also encouraged to participate in all class activities.


It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. For reasons beyond a student’s control, and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned by the instructor when there is reasonable certainty the student will successfully complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within four weeks of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to his or her instructor. More information regarding UND’s Incomplete policy can be found on The Grading System webpage.

Resolution of Problems

Should a problem occur, you should speak to your instructor first. If the problem is not resolved, meet with Dr. Joel Ness. If the problem continues to be unresolved, go to the department chair (Dr. Will Semke), and next to the college dean (Dr. Brian Tande). Should the problem persist, you have the right to go to the provost next, and then to the president.


When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Netiquette is a set of rules for behaving properly online. Here are a few basic points to remember when communicating in this course:

Be scholarly. Use proper language, grammar, and spelling. Explain your thoughts, justify opinions, and credit the ideas of others by citing scholarly resources. Avoid misinforming others when you are unsure of the answer.  When discussing something and supplying a guess, clearly state that.

Be respectful. Respect the privacy of others. Do not share personal or professional information about others unless permission has been granted. Respect diversity and opinions that differ from their own. Be tactful when you communicate.

Be professional. Everyone should strive to give their best impression online. Truthfulness, accuracy, and running a final spell check are appropriate expectations for university students. Writing in a legible font and limiting the use of emoticons is considered professional behavior. Profanity and participation in hostile interactions, known as flaming, is unprofessional as well as disruptive.

Be polite. Students should address professors and instructors by the appropriate title or requested name. Students should interact online politely, just as they would be expected to do in a physical environment. Sarcasm, rudeness, and writing in all capital letters (shouting) should be avoided.


Everyone has the right to be addressed by the name and personal pronouns that correspond to their gender identity, including non-binary pronouns, for example: they/them/theirs, ze/zir/zirs, etc.

I recognize that preferred names and pronouns may change during the semester. If at any point during the semester you would like to be addressed differently, please let me know.

As part of our commitment to inclusion in this course, it is important that all students in this class respect the preferred names and pronouns of their peers. Mistakes in addressing one another may happen. If you make a mistake or are corrected, please briefly apologize and correct yourself.

Technology Statement

In this class we will have a technology policy that is designed to support your attention to one another and to the course material.  We will spend the majority of our time engaged in activities that depend upon you being present and attentive to one another, and course content we will study. We are all challenged these days by the ways in which our digital devices—including laptops, tablets, phones, and watches—can steal our attention away from our immediate surroundings. Technology should be used for educational purposes only during scheduled class times.

Collaboration and Recording

Sharing personal experiences and opinions is an important part of the learning process. In the synchronous/asynchronous environment of this course, all of our class sessions are recorded via Zoom and made available to students in the course. The purpose of these recordings is to enhance learning for all students. If your peers make personal statements in this course, consider those comments in the context of our learning goals and do not share them with people outside the course. If you have questions or concerns about any recordings, please contact me.

Essential Studies Goal: Breadth of Knowledge

This is an Essential Studies Social Sciences course, and as such involves the study of the behavior and cultures of humans - individually or in groups. This course will involve empirical analysis in order to evaluate and make predictions or draw conclusions about human behavior; the interpretations you arrive at in this course will come via induction, deduction, or a combination of both.

  • ES courses in the social sciences introduce students to human behavior.
  • ES courses also introduce students to some of the methodologies through which conclusions in the various disciplines are reached: probabilistic explanatory models, case studies, censuses, historical document analysis, oral histories, ethnographies, surveys, participant observations, analysis of material evidence (artifacts), experiments or quasi-experiments.

Essential Studies Goals: Critical Inquiry & Analysis

This course addresses the Essential Studies learning goal of Critical Inquiry & Analysis. This means it will focus on collecting and analyzing information to reach conclusions based on the evidence.

More specifically, inquiry should be thought of as a systematic process of exploring issues, objects, or works through the collection and analysis of evidence that results in informed conclusions or judgments. Analysis is the process of breaking complex topics or issues into parts to gain a better understanding. You should expect to focus on these intellectual skills as part of this course.

Essential Studies Goals: Written Communication

This course addresses the Essential Studies learning goal of Written Communication. This means it is about developing and expressing ideas in writing or with a mix of words, data, and images. You can expect to work in different genres and styles of writing as you develop your written communication skills in this course.

University of North Dakota Policies & Resources

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.

As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.

Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services

The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email UND.dss@UND.edu or by phone at 701.777.2664.


UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully.  Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom.   If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.

UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or UND.dss@UND.edu. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu.

Religious Accommodations

UND offers religious accommodations, which are reasonable changes in the academic environment that enable a student to practice or observe a sincerely held religious belief without undue hardship on the University. Examples include time for prayer or the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday. To request an accommodation, complete the student religious accommodation request form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office.

Pregnancy Accommodations

Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to Donna Smith, Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity & Title IX and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 102 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 230 S. Dearborn St., 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 or any other federal agency.

Reporting of Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

If you or a friend has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, please contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171; donna.smith@UND.edu; or visit the Title IX webpage. You may also contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX office if you or a friend has experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, marital or parental status, veteran's status, or political belief or affiliation.

Faculty Reporting Obligations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual misconduct or of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class that they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, you can find information about confidential support services on the Equal Opportunity & Title IX webpage..

UND Cares Program

How to Seek Help When in Distress

We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, however, some students may struggle or have issues that arise. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please visit the UND Cares Program Webpage.

How to Recognize When a Student is in Distress

The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:

  • Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
  • Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
  • Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
  • Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
  • Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
  • Student is acting out of character or different than usual.
  • Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
  • Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on a normal conversation.
  • Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
  • Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

Today, the University of North Dakota rests on the ancestral lands of the Pembina and Red Lake Bands of Ojibwe and the Dakota Oyate - presently existing as composite parts of the Red Lake, Turtle Mountain, White Earth Bands, and the Dakota Tribes of Minnesota and North Dakota. We acknowledge the people who resided here for generations and recognize that the spirit of the Ojibwe and Oyate people permeate this land. As a university community, we will continue to build upon our relations with the First Nations of the State of North Dakota - the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Additional Resources

It is my goal to foster an environment of mutual respect in which everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinions, sharing their stories, and learning about potentially heavy or personally relevant material. If, at any point, you feel like the information covered in this class elicits thoughts, feelings, or concerns that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or the UND Counseling Center (701-777-2127).

Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).