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 was created to address 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. The OIE treats all individuals who request our assistance with respect and dignity.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
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.
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.
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.