Every fall, we re-commit to a shared mission and moral responsibility: to create and maintain a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all. Together, we work hard to make progress to effectively reduce discrimination and harassment on this campus. As you may have seen, the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, recently closed its systemic, Title IX review of CU Boulder with no findings. While the closure confirms the direction we have taken as a campus, including the development of the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance ("OIEC") and a robust and comprehensive approach to the prevention of and response to incidents of sexual misconduct, it does not mean that our work is done.
We clearly state our commitment here:
CU Boulder does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation or political philosophy in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.
Each of us, individually and within our respective areas, is responsible for ensuring that we treat each other with respect and dignity and that we exhibit the values and principles underlying our commitment to an environment free of discrimination. How do you do that? Take a few minutes to review the following:
- Be aware of the wide variety of offices, in addition to the OIEC, that create a "continuum of care" for anyone - whether you or someone you know - who has been impacted by incidents of discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct: Office of Victim Assistance (confidential), Counseling and Psychiatric Services (confidential), Student Support and Case Management, Faculty Staff and Assistance Program (confidential), Ombuds (confidential), and University of Colorado Police Department
- Practice "skill building" in how to be a more effective and active bystander when situations arise and Don't Ignore It when you witness discrimination, harassment, unwanted sexual behavior, abusive relationships or stalking
- Familiarize yourself with the university's obligations to provide equal access to individuals with disabilities through reasonable accommodations and effective communications in the workplace and at university events and to assist pregnant employees with reasonable accommodations pursuant to Colorado's Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
- Review our applicable Sexual Misconduct Policy and Discrimination and Harassment Policy and ensure that you are aware of your obligations as a member of the CU Boulder community, particularly if you are required to report incidents of discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct (sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, intimate partner abuse or stalking) as a "responsible employee"
- Make sure you are up to date with your own compliance obligations whether it be for Community Equity (online) and Effective Bystander Intervention (in person) for incoming undergraduate students or the Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination and Harassment training course for employees. If you would like to request an on-site training, or if you have questions about training requirements please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call OIEC's main number at 303-492-2127
You may also want to keep this email as a quick check reference guide in case you have questions sometime over the next year. I will send an updated guide next year.
For any questions regarding any applicable policies or procedures, or to report an incident, please email email@example.com, call the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance at 303-492-2127 or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator
Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance