Commitment to Civility in Our Work & Learning Environment

As Minnesota State University Moorhead’s new President, I am firmly committed to achieving a campus climate free of discrimination, harassment, and violence, where mutual respect and dignity are expected by all employees.

One guide to creating and maintaining this type of environment is the policy adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State system that prohibits discrimination and/or harassment of an individual on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. In addition, discrimination in employment based on familial status or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law is prohibited. Finally, MSU Moorhead and the State of Minnesota are committed to providing a respectful and professional workplace and campus environment for employees and third parties that is free of bullying and disrespectful behavior.

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination
MSU Moorhead follows the system’s policy. A copy of this policy and the procedure for reporting violations of the policy are available at:

Harassment and Workforce Violence
The following policies and procedures are in place to address incidents of harassment and violence.

If you have a concern about personal experiences regarding the policies above, you can report via the following links or by contacting an individual listed below: 

Bias-Related Incidents
Anyone who has experienced or witnessed a hate or bias incident on campus, in class, or at a campus function is encouraged to report the incident. We will provide support and resources for anyone harmed by this incident. Report a bias incident with the online reporting form or contact a member of the Bias Incident Response Team.

Respectful Workplace (anti-bullying)
MSU Moorhead follows the State of Minnesota’s policy.  A copy of this policy and the procedure for reporting violations of the policy are available at:

I wish to remind all employees that romantic or sexual relationships between employees and students or employees over whom the employee exercises direct or significant authority or influence are prohibited. If an individual reports that they are in a consensual relationship, the supervisor will work with the Office of Human Resources to reassign evaluative authority, if possible. For additional information, see Part 3 of the 1B.1 Nondiscrimination Policy and Part 3 of the 1B.1.1 Complaint Procedure. Employees of the same household should refer to the Board of Trustees’ Nepotism Policy 4.10.

If you have questions or feel that you have been discriminated against, harassed, or have experienced violence or workplace bullying, or if you know of someone who has, please contact one of the following people for assistance:

Kayla Kappes, Campus Human Resources Officer
Owens 214

Kara Gravley-Stack, Dean of Students
Flora Frick 153

Jered Pigeon, Campus Diversity Officer/Director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Comstock Memorial Union 120

Others who you may contact include:

Amanda Korynta, Assistant Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer
Owens 214

Troy Schmidt, Assistant Dean of Students
Flora Frick 153

Ryan Nelson, Director of Public Safety
1616 9th Ave. S.

Chuck Eade, Director of Accessibility Resources
Hendrix Building
1308 9th Ave. S.

The University’s commitment is to provide appropriate support to anyone who reports a complaint while recognizing the rights of the accused. Even though confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, every effort will be taken to ensure confidentiality, to the extent possible, and provide effective remedies, including protection from retaliation.

With your help, we can work together to provide a campus environment free of bullying, discrimination, harassment, and violence. Thank you for all you do to make MSUM a great place to work.

For TTY communication, contact the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.

Dr. Tim Downs (he, him, his)
Owens Hall 203 | 1104 7th Avenue South | Moorhead, MN 56563