The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) administers three university policies for students, staff, faculty and UCCS affiliates:
- Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking Policy
- Protected Class Discrimination and Harassment Policy
- Conflict of Interest in Cases of Amorous Relationships Policy
The OIE is responsible for training the campus community about these policies, prohibited behaviors, and options for addressing potential misconduct. We ensure that all parties that work with the OIE are provided supportive resources throughout the entirety of our process.
The OIE Resolution Procedures outline how complaints brought to the office are handled in compliance with state and federal laws, and the applicable policies. OIE utilizes fair and unbiased processes and treats all individuals who seek our assistance with respect and dignity.
Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking Policy, CU APS 5014
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.
Protected Class Discrimination and Harassment Campus Policy, UCCS 300-017
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.
Conflict of Interest in Cases of Amorous Relationships, CU APS 5015
The Conflict of Interest in Cases of Amorous Relationships Policy 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.
Related University Policies
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.
Disability Access and Accommodation, UCCS 300-021
UCCS supports the ongoing development of an accessible University where programs, services and activities offered by UCCS are provided in a manner appropriate to the needs of all participants, including persons with disabilities. This policy sets forth the manner in which the University addresses and meets those goals for disability access and reasonable accommodation and appropriate academic adjustment in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Animals on Campus, UCCS 400-012
The Animals on Campus Policy outlines policy and procedures for animals on campus, defining guidelines for pets, service animals and emotional support animals.
Workplace Bullying Policy, APS 5059
The Workplace Bullying Policy prohibits all forms of abusive workplace behavior, including conduct that is threatening, humiliating or intimidating, work sabotage and any related retaliation
Student Code of Conduct
The purpose of the Student Code of Conduct is to maintain the general welfare of the University community, and support community safety and student growth by helping students. The University strives to make the campus community a place of study, work, and residence where people are treated with respect and civility. The University views the student conduct process as a learning experience that can result in growth and personal understanding of one's responsibilities and privileges within both the University community and the greater community.
Procedures for Assisting Students who are Pregnant, Nursing, or with Pregnancy-Related Conditions
In order to comply with Title IX and University policy, these procedures set forth the protections that should be provided for pregnant and nursing students based on medical need, including those with pregnancy-related conditions. The University strives to protect all students’ physical and psychological health, and their ability to complete their education. The University also prohibits retaliation against any student who complains in good faith about violations of University policy.