The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is committed to maintaining an environment free from sexual misconduct, discrimination or harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy.
The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) affirms the UCCS Core Values, and considers Inclusive Diversity as foundational to providing an open, safe and supportive campus environment.
The Office of Institutional Equity Mission
The OIE addresses all complaints of sexual misconduct and protected class discrimination and harassment, whether against a student, employee, or third party. The OIE’s mission is to create and foster a safe, inclusive, and accessible environment. Utilizing a comprehensive and integrated approach, the OIE facilitates accommodations, case resolutions, education, and supportive and safety measures. To achieve this mission, the OIE utilizes fair and unbiased processes and treats all individuals who seek our assistance with respect and dignity.
Policies and Procedures
UCCS 300-017, Discrimination and Harassment Campus Policy
The Protected Class Discrimination and Harassment Policy (UCCS 300-017) prohibits discriminating and/or harassing on the basis of one or more protected classes of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, veteran status, political affiliation and/or political philosophy. The policy also prohibits retaliation and other related violations.
CU APS 5015, Conflict of Interest in Cases of Amorous Relationships
CU APS 5015 establishes that an amorous relationship between two individuals constitutes a conflict of interest when one of the individuals has direct evaluative authority over the other, and requires that the direct evaluative authority be eliminated.
OIE Resolution Procedures
OIE has established Resolution Procedures to administer the University of Colorado Sexual Misconduct Policy, the UCCS Discrimination and Harassment Policy, and the CU Conflict of Interest in Cases of Amorous Relationships Policy.
CU APS 5014, Sexual Misconduct Policy
The Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking Policy (CU APS 5014) prohibits sexual misconduct prohibited by Title IX, as well as conduct that falls outside of Title IX’s jurisdiction. Specifically, this policy prohibits sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, Title IX stalking, stalking, sexual exploitation, Title IX hostile environment, sexual harassment- hostile environment, Title IX quid pro quo sexual harassment, and quid pro quo sexual harassment. The policy also prohibits retaliation and other related violations.
Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act
The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act effective January 1, 2021, protects employees against pay discrimination based on sex (including gender identity) – alone or in combination with another protected class – for substantially similar work in terms of skill, effort, and responsibility, regardless of job title.
Anyone who believes they or others have been unlawfully discriminated against based on compensation can report to OIE. Supervisors and other responsible employees are required to report any discrimination they are made aware of.
For more information about the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, answers to frequently asked questions, and general inquiries about compensation practices, please refer to the UCCS HR webpage, or the CU System Administration website.
Lactation Policy 100-021
The Lactation Policy assures that individuals on campus who choose to breastfeed and/or express breast milk, have a private room in which to do so. The policy includes information on where and how to access designated lactation rooms, and requirements for safe storage of breastmilk.
Reporting Unwanted Conduct
OIE encourages individuals who experience prohibited conduct to report the matter to the OIE as soon as possible. Individuals who wish to report they are the victim of a crime can also report to the UCCS Police Department.
Employees who are aware of prohibited conduct are required to report to the OIE.