ACCT 502 01: Financial Reporting and Decision Making

ACCT 502 - Financial Reporting and Decision Making

2023 Spring Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 7232

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.

This syllabus describes the requirements and procedures for ACCT 502: Financial Reporting and Decision Making. You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in and/or via 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

M 7pm-9:45pm in UND Online

Instructor Information

Alexandra R. Hoops Yarosh, MBA


Office: Zoom

2023 Spring Office Hours:
By Appointment Only

About the Professor

Alexandra Yarosh is a Professor at the University of North Dakota.  In addition to joining the faculty at the University of North Dakota, she is the National Emerging Talent Practice Leader, specializing in Audit, Tax and Consulting at top 10, public accounting firm, Baker Tilly US LLP. Alexandra has supported various offices across the nation, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington DC, Texas, Pennsylvania, among others.  Her accounting education includes a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University out of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She also played four years of collegiate softball where she was an NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete. Her professional accomplishments include experience in both audit and tax at Baker Tilly US LLP. Alexandra also serves as the Treasurer of the Wisconsin Association of Colleges & Employers. In her spare time, she enjoys the great outdoors, hiking, running, fishing, camping, with her husband. Her best friend is a 4-legged friend and a German Shepherd named June.

Professor Yarosh’s research includes Employee Motivation, Retention, and Turnover in Public AccountingIn addition, she has a working paper on Employee Motivation: Trends in the Main Themes of Employee Motivation.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of financial accounting terminology and concepts, financial statements, and the financial reporting process. Emphasis is placed on the decision usefulness of financial statement information and the financial reporting process as a means of communicating information about firms.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the economic environment of accounting information and the financial accounting process.
  • Identify the organization and purpose of the major financial statements.
  • Understand how financial accounting information is used in the capital markets in order to help allocate resources between providers of capital including lenders and investors and those in need of capital.
  • Perform basic analysis and interpretation of financial statements to support business decisions.

Communicate with an accountant and/or other business professionals about financial statements.

Course Materials

Financial Accounting for MBAs, Eighth Edition

by Easton, Wild, Halsey, and McAnally

Cambridge Business Publishers

ISBN: 978-1-61853-358-6

The eBook is only available for purchase on their website.  Students can also direct purchase the print book and MBC course access only on the text’s purchase link.

Financial Accounting for MBAs, 8e | Cambridge Business Publishers (

Spring 2023 Enrollment Link

Additional materials as assigned

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:

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  • 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

Course Overview
Financial accounting includes the standards and strategies managers use to report the results of their entity’s operations to stakeholders (e.g., stockholders, potential investors, creditors, regulatory agencies, employees, customers, etc.).  This course has a user orientation, focusing on understanding and using financial statements rather than the many technical details of accounting standards, recording transactions, and preparing financial statements.  While it is necessary to address the basic mechanics of accounting procedures to understand the construction of financial statements, the course will emphasize concepts and interpretation of financial reports.  While this is not a class in either statement preparation or statement analysis, we will do a little of each.  The goal is to understand the basic principles governing the preparation of financial statements, the flexibility that exists within these principles, the incentives that may influence choices managers make in exercising discretion, and the output from this environment.  The ultimate goal for this course will be for you to read and interpret the output from the financial accounting process, the financial statements. 

Access and Log in Information

This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: 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 Organization

The class will meet as a group on Zoom on Monday evenings. Weekly class meetings will used to actively review, apply, and discuss assigned materials to deepen your understanding. Thus, students are expected to prepare for class by engaging with assigned materials to develop a basic familiarity with the topics. Prior to each class meeting, students are expected to have reviewed assigned materials, and come prepared for in-class discussions, group activities, and presentations. Most meetings will include student presentations of assigned work (prepared as a group using Wikis).  In addition, classes may also include discussions and break-out groups for additional in-class activities. 

Please note that class participation is evaluated in this course (see further discussion under the Assessment and Grading section of this document).  To help you prepare for active participation, a pre-class weekly assessment (beginning Week 2) is due before the start of class each week. These pre-class assessments are open book, include relatively basic questions directly related assigned readings and homework for the week, and allow unlimited attempts. Both the pre-class assessments and contributions to group Wiki homework assignments will be included as components of your class participation score. 

In the Blackboard course site, course content is organized by week, with a total of 16 weeks for the semester. Each week contains an introduction, learning outcomes, a variety of instructional resources (e.g., video lectures, assigned readings, homework problem and case assignments, sample problems with solutions), a summary of “What’s Due this Week,” and links to quizzes and/or exams. In addition to the instructor-provided materials included on the Blackboard site, resources produced by the textbook publisher are available to assist you via the myBusinessCourse tab included on the course Blackboard site.

Tips for Synchronous Online Zoom Class Meetings

Attend class in a location that allows for your full attention and participation. Plan to be on-camera in an environment free of auditory or visual distractions, which allows for open, focused participation in class discussion. While home situations differ and some interruptions might be unavoidable, plan for the following:

  • Be mindful of your background. Your camera captures you and anything in your background, so find a background that is appropriate to be viewed by your classmates. Selecting a virtual background in Zoom is an option.
  • Stay on camera – leaving the camera off for extended periods of time disengages you, and others, from class activities.
  • Make prior arrangements for dedicated and uninterrupted space and time for the duration of each class meeting. If possible, avoid public locations, especially locations that are noisy and distracting or where you cannot freely speak to engage in discussions.
  • Stay focused. To the extent you are able, avoid interacting with people who are not part of the class, behaving in an overly inattentive manner, and multi-tasking with non-class related work.

Preparing for Class

Your level of preparation for class will, in large part, determine your success in the course. This is a demanding course, especially if you have limited background in accounting.  Thus, plan to dedicate several hours a week to preparation and study. There are FIVE steps to being fully prepared for class.

  • STEP 1 – Read/Review Assigned Materials.  Read the assigned textbook pages and/or watch the publisher’s video lectures that follow the text.   Choose the format that makes the material most accessible to you. As you go through the material, you may want to try the “review” questions at the end of each module and check your solutions.  If you are still unsure of the material, watch the publisher video that provides the solution to the review problem and then try working through the review problem again. Read or watch additional instructor-provide materials to support your learning and prepare for class, exams, and projects.
  • STEP 2 – Apply Concepts. Complete some or all assigned homework problems. Accounting, perhaps more than most courses you will be taking, requires you to solve problems in order to learn the material.  Simply reading the text and/or listening in class is rarely sufficient. While all homework need not be completed before class, the more you attempt the better you will be prepared.  Successfully working problems will help you develop and confirm your understanding, making you well-prepared for class. Do not be alarmed if you find some assigned problems challenging on your first attempt. Reviewing assigned materials, participating in class, and asking questions will help. Identifying areas you find challenging is part of the learning process and can help focus your attention on these areas during class.
  • STEP 3 – Complete Any Other Assignments for Class. On a rotating basis, groups will be assigned homework problems to present in class. Cases and other materials may also be assigned as the basis for class discussions and activities. For group assignments, it is important to communicate with and fully participate in helping the group prepare for class. 
  • STEP 4 – Post-Class Review and Quiz.  Shortly after class meetings, any relevant materials and/or solutions will be posted. Review the assigned material for the week including textbook reading and materials from class as soon after class as possible. Complete assigned homework and the post-class quiz. Note that you may use any materials that you like while completing the quiz, however it is timed and you are allowed only one attempt.  Many students skip this important post-class review believing falsely, that if some particular material was not explicitly addressed in class or included on quizzes, it is unimportant, or worse, not subject to examination.  Reviewing the material as soon as possible after class, will reinforce the concepts you learned in class, solidify your understanding of the material, and prepare you for exams.


Many services are available to online 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

  1. Review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard.
  2. Access and follow all course instructions found in the weekly content area of the Blackboard course.
  3. Review weekly content and fully prepare for class meetings.
  4. Actively participate in class meetings and activities.
  5. Complete and submit all assignments, quizzes, and exams by the dated noted in Blackboard. All due dates and meeting times are stated on Central Time.



Information relevant to the class as a whole will be posted in Blackboard. Be sure to check the class announcements regularly for important information about class assignments and other class matters.


Email is the most efficient way to contact me.  Check the Faculty tab in Blackboard or the syllabus for my contact information. I will respond back to you as quickly as practical. 


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


Assessment Summary

This course includes a variety of graded assignments and assessments related to course learning objectives/outcomes:

Assignment                                                                   Final Grade

Introduction (submitted as a VoiceThread)                                              10 Points

Weekly Post-Class Blackboard Quizzes (9 @ 10 points each)                 90 Points

Exams (2 exams, 200 points each)                                                             400 Points

Group Project                                                                                                   180 Points

Peer Evaluation (Assesses all group work in course)                               20 Points

Class Preparation (Homework 10 @ 20 points each)                              200 Points

Class Participation (In-Class Contributions)                                            100 Points

                                                                                Total: 1,000 Points

Final Grade Scale

Course grades will be assigned based on the following grading scale: A - 90% / 900 points, B - 80% / 800 points, C - 70% / 700 points, D - 60% / 600 points, F – less than 60% / 590 points.


Introduce yourself in the Week 1 VoiceThread: Introduction. Please include your name, where you live, your educational and professional background, why you decided to pursue an MBA (or other degree) at UND, and any personal interests/fun facts/additional information about yourself you would like to share. These introductions will help you learn about and build rapport with your classmates. You are encouraged, but not required, to reply to some of your classmates’ VoiceThread introductions.   

Weekly Post-Class Blackboard Quizzes

In most weeks, a post-class Blackboard quiz will be used to reinforce learning of topics for the week. The quizzes are open book and un-proctored. While the quizzes are graded, the primary goal is learning.  Results can help inform your study efforts, however these quizzes are not meant to provide comprehensive coverage of all topics. 


Exams may cover any material covered in assigned textbook chapters, lectures, class discussions/activities, cases, and supplemental materials. Exams must be taken at the scheduled time; make-up exams will only be given due to valid excuses communicated to me as soon as practical. A grade of zero will be assigned when an exam is missed without an approved valid excuse communicated on a timely basis.

All exams are administered using the ProctorU live proctoring service. You must use ProctorU to take your online exams. ProctorU connects you with a proctor who will assist you during your exam session using your web camera and computer microphone. Your proctor will help you access the exam in your Blackboard course and will be available during the exam period should technical difficulties arise. The proctor will also monitor your activity during the exam to ensure academic integrity.

You must schedule a testing period with ProctorU 72 hours in advance of the opening of the testing window (day and time the first opportunity to take the exam). It is advisable to do this as early as possible, because testing periods fill up. You will not be charged for proctoring. However, if you attempt to schedule an exam within 72 hours of when you plan to take the exam, ProctorU may charge premium fees. Failure to schedule a testing period with ProctorU with sufficient lead time is not an acceptable excuse for an extension of an exam due date nor waiver of the additional charges.

In preparation for your exams please:

  • Review the UND ProctorU Portal and test your system for compatibility. Remember that you must use Google Chrome as your browser when taking your exam. Wireless network connections are not recommended. On this site you can watch a demo of how the system works, schedule your exams, and access resources to support your use of ProctorU.
  • Create a ProctorU account (if you have not already done so for a previous course) by selecting Create Account on the UND ProctorU Portal.
  • Sign up, as early as possible, for specific times during the testing windows for your exams. Please be mindful of the exam availability windows for both of your exams and the corresponding due dates. These are listed in your What's Due schedule.
  • Contact ProctorU at 1.855.772.8678, if you have questions.
  • Browse the ProctorU Resource Center for additional support.

Group Project

Throughout the semester, you will work in a small group on a financial statement analysis project. Project deliverables will include a written document that includes financial analysis and a presentation of your analysis. Details and project requirements are included in a separate project description posted on Blackboard. Group assignments will be made during the first week of the course.  Unless there is a clear indication that an adjustment is necessary (e.g., peer evaluation, documented lack of contributions, etc.) each member of a group will receive the same grade for group work.  Details of the group project and requirements are included in a separate project description posted on Blackboard.

Peer Evaluation

At the end of the semester, each student will be asked to complete a peer evaluation of their group members. This will include components related to all group work (e.g., group project, preparation for group class presentations, engagement with group in-class activities, etc.).  Points will be awarded for thoroughly completing the peer evaluation for your group.  The content of peer evaluations may be used to adjust individual scores on group work, if as appropriate.

Class Preparation

Both preparation and participation greatly affect the classroom learning experience.  Class preparation requires careful review of assignment materials, and points will be awarded based on class attendance, participation & completion of assigned homework problems.

Most homework will be completed in the MyBusinessCourse learning platform. While the final deadline for submitting weekly homework is Day 7, Monday , you are encouraged to start working on homework as early as possible, and preferably before the related class meeting. Some homework assignments may be due before Day 7.  

The points assigned for class preparation are meant to be an incentive for regularly and thoroughly preparing for class, which will enhance your in-class learning experience, contribute to the in-class experience of all students, and help you keep on track to prepare for exams and complete other assignments.

Class Participation

Class participation includes engagement in class discussions and activities, but it reflects engagement outside of class meetings.  Thus, please note that strong class participation depends on solid preparation, collaboration on group assignments, and engagement outside of class.  
Both the quality and quantity of participation is important. While attendance is necessary for participation, it does not, in and of itself, constitute participation. Similarly, to fulfill expectations for class participation, contributions to discussions, analyses, and presentations must be substantive. Expectations for class participation substantive contributions to group activities, thoughtful engagement class discussions and activities, and responsive and respectful engagement with all class participants.

There is no substitute for being present, prepared, and participating in class discussions.  While I strongly encourage you to attend all classes, absence from any one class will not in and of itself carry significant consequences for your grade or require make-up work (except exams).  I recognize that each of you has multiple demands on your time, and needs to make trade-offs among different professional, personal, and educational activities.  You need not inform me in advance of an isolated absence nor justify your attendance decisions (other than those related to exams and/or assignments).  However, you do have an obligation to communicate with group members and be accountable for contributing to group assignments on a timely basis.  Repeated absences will undoubtedly have an adverse effect on your class participation grade, and warrant communication with the instructor at the earliest time possible.

After most class meetings, I will make notes regarding student contributions to class activities.  At approximately the midpoint of the course I will share an assessment of student participation.  If you want to discuss your participation with me, before or after this mid-course assessment, please contact me and we can have a discussion about your class participation performance.

Course Evaluation

I welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions throughout the course.  Often an individual student’s question or observation will help me to pre-empt questions by other students, clarify expectations, and/or make an adjustment to assignments or class activities.  This communication can help the class run smoothly and improve the experience for all.  Near the end of the semester, you will be asked to complete an online course evaluation form (SELFI). Your feedback on the course is extremely valuable to me. I read my students’ comments carefully and use them to improve the course the next time I teach it.

  • In completing your SELFI form, please include comments to let me know which aspects of the course helped you learn—and which aspects might be modified to improve student experiences. 
  • Please note that the course evaluations are anonymous and that I won’t see the results until after the grades for the course are submitted, allowing you to provide honest and constructive feedback. 
  • And if you have feedback to offer before the end of the semester, please let me know.

Schedule of Topics and Assignments

Day: Date: Reading(s): Agenda/Topic: Due:
Mon 1/9 NO CLASS Listen to Introduction to Course Recording
Review Syllabus & Course Schedule
Purchase Textbook & Online Textbook Access
Mon 1/16 No Class
Mon 1/23 Module 1 Course Introduction & The Reporting Environment Week 3 Homework Due Sunday
Week 3 Post-Class Quiz Due Sunday
Company Selection Due January 23, 2023
Mon 1/30 Module 2 Introduction to Financial Statements Week 4 Homework Due Sunday
Week 4 Post-Class Quiz Due Sunday
Mon 2/6 Module 3 Accounting Cycle, Accrual Accounting, Accounting Decisions Week 5 Homework Due Sunday
Week 5 Post-Class Quiz Due Sunday
Mon 2/13 Module 4 Analyzing & Interpreting Financial Statements Week 6 Homework Due Sunday
Week 6 Post-Class Quiz Due Sunday
Mon 2/20 No Class
Mon 2/27 Modules 1-4 NO CLASS MEETING: EXAM 1 Week 8 Exam 1 Due Wednesday, March 1 @ 11:59pm CT
Mon 3/6 Module 5 Revenue, Receivables & Operating Expenses Week 9 Homework Due Sunday
Week 9 Post-Class Quiz Due Sunday
Mon 3/13 No Class
Mon 3/20 Module 6 Inventory & Accounts Payable Week 11 Homework Due Sunday
Week 11 Post-Class Quiz Due Sunday
Planning & Status Update Due March 20, 2023
Mon 3/27 Module 6 Long-Term Assets Week 12 Homework Due Sunday
Week 12 Post-Class Quiz Due Sunday
Mon 4/3 Module 7
Module 10: 10.0-10.11; 10.35-10.36
Current, Long-Term Liabilities & Leases Week 13 Homework Due Sunday
Week 13 Post-Class Quiz Due Sunday
Mon 4/10 Modules 5-10 NO CLASS MEETING: EXAM 2 Week 14 Exam 1 Due Wednesday, April 12 @ 11:59pm
Mon 4/17 Module 8 Equity Financing: Stock Transactions, Dividends & EPS Week 15 Homework Due Sunday
Week 15 Post-Class Quiz Due Sunday
Mon 4/24 Module 11 Cash Flows Week 16 Homework Due Sunday
Week 16 Post-Class Quiz Due Sunday
Mon 5/1 In-Class Project Accounting Cycle Review Week 17 Homework Extra Material Due Sunday
Mon 5/8 Finalize Group Project NO CLASS MEETING: FINALIZE GROUP PROJECT Written Report & Presentation Due May 8, 2023
Self & Peer Evaluations (In-Class & Group Work) Due May 8, 2023
Discussion Board on Group Presentations Due May 11, 2023


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Course Policies

Assignment Policy

Due dates for each assignment or activity are posted in Blackboard; all deadlines are stated in Central Time.

Late Work

All assignments must be submitted by the due dates posted in the course. Late submissions may be accepted, with or without penalty, depending on the circumstance.  Please contact me before the due date, when possible, if unexpected circumstances arise that make submitting work on time problematic. 

Instructor Responsibilities and Feedback

  • I will provide feedback on all assignments and activities on a timely basis. For most items, this will be within one week.  More substantial projects may require additional time for grading and/or other feedback.  I will communicate regarding feedback time in class and/or on Blackboard.
  • Class participation grades will be communicated once during the middle of the course, and once at the end of the course.
  • I will be available during appointed Office Hours to answer questions, provide feedback, and offer advice.

Class Participation

Students are expected to prepare for and participate in regularly scheduled class meetings as well as all class activities, including group projects. Please see additional details included in the Assessment & Grading section of this document.


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.

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 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 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

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, 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;; 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).