Speech and expression engender a vibrant learning community on campus. However, their impacts are sometimes uncomfortable, hurtful, or harmful. 

Ideas, policies, practices, and beliefs held by individuals, organizations, governments, and institutions like the University of Minnesota Duluth often have adverse effects on students with historically marginalized identities and can threaten students’ sense of security and belonging on campus. 

The University of Minnesota Duluth has many resources for students experiencing distress caused by expression on campus. Students are encouraged to contact the resource with which they are most comfortable.  


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Support Services for Legal and/or University procedures

  • Respondent Resource Pool
    • Student respondents in the University conduct process may elect to have up to two advisors present during conduct meetings and hearings. Students who need assistance identifying an adviser may wish to connect with a member of the Respondent Resource Pool.
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
    • Volunteer Lawyers Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to connecting Minnesotans experiencing poverty with some of the top private lawyers in the state at no cost.
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
    • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services provides free, high-quality legal help to low-income people in critical civil matters. For 110 years, we’ve helped individuals and families secure and protect their basic needs, maintaining freedom from hunger, homelessness, sickness, and abuse. Because, justice matters. 
  • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
    • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid attorneys, staff, and volunteers handle civil legal matters for Minnesota’s most vulnerable people for no charge.
  • National Lawyers Guild
    • The National Lawyers Guild is best known for their work defending the rights of protesters.


  • UMD Counseling
    • Health Services offers mental health counseling to all students at no cost.. It is a safe confidential place to air grievances, talk through issues that have mentally or emotionally affected you, and work through mental health crises.
  • Office Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution 
    • OSCCR provides a full spectrum of pathways to hear and respond to student concerns.  To learn more about mediation, shuttle negotiation, and circles, please visit their webpage.


We encourage students to contact the Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students or the Head of the relevant academic department, if they feel expression has affected their academic performance.

We encourage students to reach out to the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution for assistance with any concerns involving students, including issues ranging from conflict to campus climate issues, to potential policy violations. Students who have experienced discriminatory misconduct are encouraged to report as follows:

  • If your report is about non-sexual conduct of a University of Minnesota Duluth Student, click here.
  • If your report is about sexual misconduct involving any university community member, or any other misconduct by a University of Minnesota Duluth Employee, click here.

  Reporting/Public Safety

  • Emergency and non-emergency: 911 
  • Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK(8255)
  • Hope Network Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 in the U.S.
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