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CU Boulder and CO GLBTQ-Supportive Policies

CU-Boulder Non Discrimination Policy

CU-Boulder will not tolerate acts of discrimination or harassment based upon Protected Classes, or related retaliation against or by any employee or student. For purposes of this CU-Boulder policy, "Protected Classes" refers to race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or veteran status.

CU-Boulder Benefits

Faculty, Staff, and Students: Domestic Partner Benefits
Faculty, Staff: Parental Leave for Domestic Partners
Faculty, Staff: Health Insurance coverage for Hormone Replacement Therapy related to gender identity transition
Students: CU-Gold Health Insurance coverage for Hormone Replacement Therapy related to gender identity transition and up to $10,000 for sex reassignment surgery.
CU Benefits programs can be complex and confusing for faculty or staff who are exploring the question of having a domestic partner or same-sex spouse covered on their CU insurance plan. If you have particular questions related to such issues as what documents may be used to certify your application or how to appeal a negative decision, please contact the following benefits associate:

Athena Levy
University of Colorado
Benefits Professional
t: 303-860-4255

Classroom Environment: Recommended Syllabus Statement

"Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. Those who fail to adhere to such behavioral standards may be subject to discipline. Professional courtesy and sensitivity are especially important with respect to individuals and topics dealing with differences of race, color, culture, religion, creed, politics, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and gender expression, age, disability, and nationalities. Class rosters are provided to the instructor with the student’s legal name. I will gladly honor your request to address you by an alternate name or gender pronoun. Please advise me of this preference early in the semester so that I may make appropriate changes to my records."

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Want to get involved in making CU-Boulder a more LGBT-welcoming environment?
Join the Chancellor’s Standing Committee on GLBT Issues: advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues on campus. Email

Colorado LGBT-Supportive Policies

Colorado Hate Crimes Law

The Colorado Hate Crimes Law was recently expanded to include sexual orientation and transgender status. This law covers harassment or intent to intimidate based on a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. This law covers more than physical violence toward another person. Physical threats in the form of words, action, or damage to property can be constituted as a hate crime. (From One Colorado)

Colorado Employment Non Discrimination

In May 2007, Governor Bill Ritter signed the expanded Employment Nondiscrimination Act to add protection for sexual orientation, including transgender status. This expanded law defines sexual orientation as heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgender status. Under this Colorado Law, it is illegal to consider sexual orientation or gender identity when making employment-related decisions, including hiring, firing, or any-time inquiries about an employee’s sexual orientation or gender identity. This law applies to all employers, employment agencies, labor organizations, on-the-job training, and vocational training programs and schools. (From One Colorado)

Colorado Public Accommodations and Housing

In May 2008, Governor Bill Ritter signed the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act to add protections for LGBT people in public accommodations (i.e., restaurants and hotels) and housing. A public accommodation is defined as an entity that offers sales or services of any kind to the public: businesses, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, clinics, and health clubs. Under this law, LGBT Coloradans are protected by ensuring landlords and housing entities as well as public accommodations use inclusive business practices. For Coloradans, this means all people now have equal access to sales, services, and housing. (From One Colorado)
It is legal in Colorado to use whatever bathroom you choose.

Second Parent Adoption

In 2007, Governor Ritter signed a bill into law that allows unmarried couples to adopt each other’s children. This law also affords same-sex couples the opportunity to jointly accept the legal rights of being a parent. Under this law, children of LGBT couples will now have two legal parents. (From Colorado)

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