Discrimination and Harassment Adjudication Procedure

Discrimination and Harassment Adjudication
Pursuant to UCCS 300-017 and OIE Resolution Procedures


The Policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, contractors, patients, volunteers, affiliated entities, and other third parties. This includes off-campus conduct, including online or electronic conduct when the conduct occurs in the context of a university program or activity, or has continuing effects on the health and safety of the campus community.

The Director of Institutional Equity | Title IX Coordinator or designee is authorized to determine whether the policy applies to alleged prohibited conduct and whether the university has jurisdiction to take any action pursuant to this Policy.

Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment Based on Protected Class

The University prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment based on protected class, and related misconduct. The University defines “protected classes” to include the following:

  • race
  • color
  • national origin
  • sex
  • pregnancy
  • age
  • marital status
  • disability
  • creed
  • religion
  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity
  • gender expression
  • veteran status
  • political affiliation
  • political philosophy.
Prohibited Conduct

The conduct listed below is prohibited, as are attempts to commit, and aiding, abetting, or inciting others to commit them. Prohibited conduct also includes conduct engaged in by electronic means.

Discrimination occurs when an individual suffers an adverse consequence on the basis of a protected class. Examples include, but are not limited to, failure to be hired or promoted or denial of admission to an academic program based on protected class status.

Harassment means unwelcome verbal or physical conduct related to one’s protected class that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating or hostile work or educational environment.

Key Definitions

The Discrimination and Harassment Formal Adjudication Procedure incorporates the policy and procedural definitions found in UCCS 300-014 and the OIE Procedures. 

Key Definitions

Procedural Steps

Procedural Steps

Filing and Evaluation of a Formal Complaint
Dismissal of a Formal Complaint
Issuance of Notice of Allegations
Evidence Gathering
Evidence Review
Factual Findings and Determination Regarding Responsibility
Standard of Review
Report Review
Notice of Outcome
Appeal of Finding
How to File an Appeal
Appeal Process and Appeal Advisory Board