Originally slated to take place earlier this week on the North Dakota State University campus in Fargo, Burgum rescheduled the address due to a case of laryngitis that was hindering his ability to speak.
The appeal, filed to the North Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday, Jan 20, states that Chad Trolon Isaak, 47, plans to argue "whether there was sufficient evidence to support the conviction," according to the court filing.
Armacost wrote that uncertainties exist about the consequences of not following the draft policy’s guidance on using preferred pronouns on campus for students, faculty, and staff. Under that proposed policy, intentionally misgendering a person could be seen as an act of discrimination.
"We see through the data that when we have a high vaccination rate in facilities, absolutely we have less infection there," said North Dakota Long Term Care Association President Shelly Peterson. "It really does work. It really does make a difference."