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July 3, 2014
Colorado State University was recently notified by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights that it has been selected to participate in a proactive compliance review of the university's sexual harassment and sexual misconduct policies and procedures.
The review is not due to any specific incident or complaint, but is intended to look broadly at the way CSU handles issues surrounding sexual misconduct and to ensure that the university meets or exceeds compliance standards under Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex within the nation’s education system.
“Colorado State University takes this issue very seriously, and we welcome any review from the Office for Civil Rights that will help us continue enhancing and improving our programs to prevent sexual violence and to create a safe working and learning environment for everyone,” CSU Vice President for University Operations Amy Parsons said. “We have a long-standing commitment at CSU to ensuring that all people are treated with dignity and respect, which includes control over their bodies and sexual expression. We hope this review will validate the work we’ve done so far and identify additional opportunities for improvement.”
The Division for University Operations and the Division of Student Affairs oversee the majority of programs related to campus safety for students, employees and guests. University resources include the CSU Police Department, Office of Equal Opportunity, Office of Support and Safety Assessment, Sexual Assault Victim Assistance Team, Women and Gender Advocacy Center, CSU Health Network/Counseling Services, Office of Case Management and Referral Coordination, and others.
The Office for Civil Rights has been conducting similar reviews and resource evaluations at institutions throughout the nation since 2011. In many instances, these internal reviews have highlighted areas of strength as well as opportunities for change and improvement.
As part of the compliance review, the Office for Civil Rights will examine at CSU a variety of aspects related to the way complaints of sexual misconduct are handled on campus, including past complaints, available staff and resources, dissemination of prevention and response information, policies and procedures in student and employee handbooks, reporting requirements, discipline and more.
“CSU has built a robust and effective infrastructure related to both preventing sexual misconduct and to responding to specific incidents and complaints,” Vice President for Student Affairs Blanche Hughes said. “We look forward to sharing the work we have done in recent years with the Office for Civil Rights and to gaining feedback on how we can continue to make our programs even more effective. This issue is vital to CSU and the broader campus community, and we are dedicated to excellence and continuous improvement.”
For more information about programs and services at CSU related to sexual harassment and sexual misconduct issues, click on these links to on-campus web pages:
Contact: Mike Hooker