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Colorado State University (CSU) complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. CSU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the areas of education, employment, and public accommodation.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Title IX Coordinators

  • Title IX Coordinator: Dwight Burke, Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, Dwight.Burke@colostate.edu, (970) 491-1350
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employment: Assistant Director for Complaints and Disabilities, Jennifer Mayhew, Jennifer.Mayhew@colostate.edu, (970) 491-5836

Programs and activities covered by Title IX include:  

  • Admissions
  • Recruitment
  • Financial aid
  • Academic programs
  • Student treatment and services
  • Counseling and guidance
  • Discipline
  • Classroom assignment
  • Grading
  • Vocational education
  • Recreation
  • Physical education
  • Athletics
  • Housing
  • Employment

The Law

Sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual assault are illegal. It is prohibited in the education context by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and in the employment context by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.

Colorado State University strives to create and maintain a study and work environment that is fair, humane, and responsible so that each member of the University community is treated with dignity and rewarded for such relevant considerations as ability and performance. The University prohibits any acts of sexual harassment, sexual violence or sexual assault by students, or any retaliation related to acts or reports of any acts. When allegations of sexual harassment, sexual violence or sexual assault by a student are reported, and a student is found to have violated CSU policy, sanctions will result and may include expulsion from CSU. All members of the CSU community are expected to not infringe upon the rights of others. Sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual assault cannot be tolerated and are prohibited by the University.

University Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, and Retaliation Policy – http://policylibrary.colostate.edu/policy.aspx?id=710

Process – Sexual Misconduct and Violence Investigative Flowchart – http://www.supportandsafety.colostate.edu/process

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Defined

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when such conduct is directed toward an individual because of her or his gender, is severe and/or pervasive, and has the purpose or effect of (1) creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic environment or (2) unreasonably interferes with another’s academic performance. Generally, a single sexual joke, offensive epithet, or request for a date does not constitute sexual harassment; however, being subjected to such jokes, epithets, or requests repeatedly may constitute hostile environment sexual harassment.

Sexual violence is a severe form of sexual harassment, and refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent, including but not limited to rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion or similar acts in violation of state or federal law.

Consent

Consent to sexual activity is informed, knowing and voluntary. Consent is active, not passive. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent. Sexual activity with someone known, or who should be known, to be mentally or physically incapacitated by alcohol or other drug use, unconsciousness or blackout, or otherwise unable to give consent, is in violation of CSU policy.

Title IX Syllabus/Course Information Language

Faculty are encouraged to include the following approved language regarding Title IX reporting and student resources in their course syllabi or course content handouts to students.

COURSE CONTENT NOTE: CSU’s Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, and Retaliation policy designates faculty and employees of the University as “Responsible Employees.” This designation is consistent with federal law and guidance, and requires faculty to report information regarding students who may have experienced any form of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking or retaliation. This includes information shared with faculty in person, electronic communications or in class assignments.  As “Responsible Employees,” faculty may refer students to campus resources (see below), together with informing the Office of Support and Safety Assessment to help ensure student safety and welfare. Information regarding sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking and retaliation is treated with the greatest degree of confidentiality possible while also ensuring student and campus safety.

  • Any student who may be the victim of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking or retaliation is encouraged to report to CSU through one or more of the following resources:
    • Emergency Response 911
    • Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Office of Support and Safety Assessment (970) 491-1350
    • Colorado State University Police Department (non-emergency) (970) 491-6425

Reporting Student Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence or Sexual Assault

The University can only respond to allegations of sexual harassment, sexual violence or sexual assault if they are reported. Reporting enables the University to promptly provide support to the impacted student(s), and to take appropriate action against the responding party to prevent a recurrence and protect the campus community.

Any student who believes they be the victim of sexual harassment, sexual violence or sexual assault is encouraged to report to CSU through one or more of the following resources:

  • Emergency Response  911
  • Title IX Coordinator/Office of Support and Safety Assessment  (970) 491-1350
  • Colorado State University Police Department (non-emergency) – (970) 491-6425
  • Director of Student Case Management & Referral Coordination – (970) 491-8051

Any faculty or staff who receive reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence or sexual assault regarding a student should contact the Title IX Coordinator/ Director of Support and Safety Assessment at (970) 491-1350. In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Confidential Reporting

In addition to the above reporting resources, students may seek confidential support and guidance via the following campus resources:

  • CSU Victim Assistance Team (970) 492-4242
  • CSU Counseling Services (970) 491-6053
  • CSU Health Network (970) 491-7121

Law Enforcement

CSU has the option of contacting law enforcement in connection with a report of sexual violence or sexual assault due to concerns about the safety of students and the campus community. CSU recognizes that some victims of sexual violence or sexual assault may not wish to involve law enforcement or cooperate with a criminal investigation, and wishes to balance the individual concerns of victims with a broader goal of mitigating risks to students and the campus community. CSU seeks to balance these interests by first doing the following:

  1. Encouraging students to report sexual violence and sexual assault to law enforcement to help determine if a crime has been committed and what criminal action, if any, may be appropriate;
  2. Advising students on how to report sexual violence and sexual assault to law enforcement and what to expect if the student does report;
  3. Offering support in the reporting process through a victim advocate, case manager or Student Legal Services.

Reporting Employee Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence or Sexual Assault

The University can only respond to allegations of sexual harassment, sexual violence or sexual assault if they are reported. Reporting enables the University to promptly provide support to the impacted employee(s), and to take appropriate action against the responding party to prevent a recurrence and protect the campus community.

Any employee who believes they may be the victim of sexual harassment, sexual violence or sexual assault is encouraged to report to CSU through one or more of the following resources:

  • Emergency Response  911
  • Office of Equal Opportunity – (970) 491-5836

Any faculty or staff who receive reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence or sexual assault regarding an employee should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836. In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Confidentiality

Complaints of sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual assault are treated with the greatest degree of confidentiality possible. In all situations, confidentiality is maintained on a strict need-to-know basis; however, confidentiality can only be respected insofar as it does not interfere with the University’s obligation to investigate allegations of misconduct that require the University to take corrective action.

Retaliation

CSU prohibits retaliation against individuals who engage in the protected activity of filing complaints of sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual assault or who participate in complaint processes. Retaliatory action is regarded as a basis for a separate complaint under the University’s procedures and can lead to sanctions.

Accommodations

In the event of alleged sexual assault or sexual violence, it is possible to explore reasonable changes in student academic and living situations. These changes may include:

  • Change of an on-campus student’s housing to a different on-campus location;
  • Assistance in completing the relocation;
  • Modifications to a housing contract;
  • Exam or academic assignment rescheduling;
  • Taking an incomplete in a class;
  • Transferring class sections;
  • Temporary withdrawal;
  • Alternative course completion options.

Illegal Drug and/or Alcohol Use

Whenever possible the University will respond educationally rather than punitively to the illegal use of drugs and/or alcohol when a report of sexual misconduct, sexual violence or sexual assault is made. The seriousness of sexual misconduct is a major concern and the University does not want any of the circumstances (e.g., drug or alcohol use) to inhibit the reporting of an incident.

Sexual Assault Risk Reduction Strategies

Sexual assault is a crime. It is never acceptable to force sexual activity. While there are no definitive means to prevent sexual assault, below are some tips to consider:

Reduce the risk of being sexually assaulted:

  • Know your sexual intentions and limits and make them known.
  • You have the right to say “NO” to any unwanted sexual encounter.
  • Know that drinking and drug use can impair your judgment. You might not be able to make the same decision you would make if you were sober.
  • Watch out for your friends and ask that they watch out for you. A real friend will get in your face if you are about to make a mistake. Respect them if they do.

Reduce the risk of committing sexual assault:

  • If you find yourself in the position of being the initiator of sexual behavior, you owe sexual respect to your potential partner. Share your intentions and limits and learn your partner’s.
  • Don’t fall for the cliché “no really means yes.” If your partner says “NO” to sexual contact, believe them and stop.
  • Don’t make assumptions about:
    • Someone’s sexual availability;
    • How far you can go;
    • Whether they are mentally and physically able to consent to you.
  • Having sex with someone who is mentally or physically incapable of giving consent is sexual assault. If you have sex with someone who is drugged, intoxicated, passed out, or is otherwise incapable of saying no, you may be guilty of sexual assault.

Title IX Enforcement

The Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education is responsible for enforcement of Title IX.