1.The institutions of the North Dakota University System are established for the people of the state. They are governed by the State Board of Higher Education whose authority derives from the state constitution.
2.Every staff employee of the institution has a part in the educational, research, and service effort of the institution. It is an effort which can best be carried out within a harmonious employer-employee relationship. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, each institution has adopted the policy of providing equal employment opportunities without discrimination to all applicants and employees regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, physical or mental disability, or status with regard to marriage or public assistance, sexual orientation, participation in lawful activity off the employer’s premises during nonworking hours or information which is protected by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”). To this end each institution endeavors to provide working conditions and compensation based on fair and equitable standards.
3.An employee, or a group of employees, has the right to discuss with supervisors or other appropriate officers any condition of employment without discrimination or retaliation.
4.This manual is not intended to and does not constitute a contract between the State Board of Higher Education and its employees. None of the provisions contained herein are interpreted as contractually binding upon the State Board of Higher Education. The State Board of Higher Education retains the right to alter any or all of the terms of this manual whenever it elects to do so.