Conduct & Reporting
ATOC students are expected to abide by the CU Boulder student code of conduct, the honor code, the sexual misconduct policy, and the discrimination and harassment policy at all times (on campus and off campus) to treat one another with mutual respect, to value and embrace differences, and to support one another in academic coursework and research. This information describes the student conduct, honor code, sexual misconduct, and discrimination and harassment policies, lists selected conduct and policy violations from the full CU Boulder student code of conduct, and explains how students can receive support for, and report, violations.
Here is the link to the CU Boulder student code of conduct policies and procedures: https://www.colorado.edu/sccr/sites/default/files/attached-files/2021-2022_code_of_conduct_-_08.13.21.pdf
Students are encouraged to read the full codes of conduct and policy documents for further information.
OIEC definition discrimination: “Conduct that deprives an individual of a benefit of employment or educational opportunity based on membership of a protected class.”
OIEC definition harassment: “Unwanted verbal or physical behavior; conduct that interferes with an individual’s work, academic performance, or participation in university programs or activities is considered harassment.”
Don’t Ignore it - Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking Policy
University policy outlines a range of behaviors that are prohibited at https://www.colorado.edu/dontignoreit/what-report/sexual-assault-stalking-abuse-relationship. These behaviors may also be a violation of the law in Colorado. People who are impacted by these kinds of abuses have options for reporting to the university and law enforcement or both
Another helpful resource: https://www.un.org/womenwatch/osagi/pdf/whatissh.pdf
Mandatory Reporting - who is a mandatory reporter?
Any supervisor* at CU who becomes aware of a complaint of protected class discrimination and harassment and sexual harassment (including sexual assault, intimate partner abuse, and stalking) or related retaliation, is required to promptly report it to OIEC if the alleged perpetrator is an employee or a student.
* a supervisor is defined as anyone who has the authority to hire, promote, discipline, evaluate, grade or direct faculty, staff or students, including but not limited to faculty, teaching assistants, resident advisers, coaches and anyone who leads, administers, advises or directs University programs.
Here is a link to the university's Mandatory Reporting Policy: https://www.colorado.edu/ova/mandatory-reporting-policy-cu-boulder
How to Report - All ATOC graduate students are expected to report incidents or concerns of protected-class discrimination and harassment - whether witnessed, told about, or directly experienced - or related violations to the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance.
- You can contact OIEC to talk generally about a concern without revealing the identity of the individuals involved to better understand the options for addressing the situation.
- Individuals can also report anonymously for themselves through the online form.
- Limited action can be taken based on anonymous reports.
- Responsible employees reporting for someone else may not report anonymously.
Once a report has been filed, OIEC will:
- Follow up with the person making the report, if they are reporting for someone else.
- Contact the person impacted by the behavior (the complainant).
- Provide information to the complainant about confidential resources.
- Discuss options for possible support or safety remedies, which are measures such as changes to academic, living, transportation, and working situations for the complainant.
- Explain to the complainant the process for resolving a concern informally and what is involved in the formal adjudication process.