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OFFICE OF TITLE IX PROGRAMS AND GENDER EQUITY LEARN MORE ABOUT TITLE IX
AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU

Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity

Title IX  is an education amendment that protects all constituents from unequal treatment on the basis of sex, within all educational and athletic areas, as well as, against all sexual misconduct on all federally funded campuses. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act expand the rights afforded to campus survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

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Colorado State University is committed to intervening in, preventing and eliminating sexual misconduct, gender discrimination, and gender-based violence within the CSU community. The Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity focuses on educating all members of the campus community regarding how to prevent, identify, and report sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, gender discrimination, and gender-based violence. Our office receives complaints of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, gender discrimination, and gender-based violence, conducts investigations of each complaint, and connects those affected with campus and community resources and support.

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” – 1972 Office of Title IX Programs Education Amendment

“The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE) is a 2013 amendment to the Clery Act signed under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA). This amendment expanded the reporting requirements on campuses to include domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.”

Colorado State University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming educational and working environment for everyone where sexual misconduct, sexual assault, gender discrimination, and gender-based violence within the CSU community is not tolerated and is promptly addressed.

The U.S. Department of Education issued new regulations on May 6, 2020 mandating how colleges and universities must investigate and adjudicate sexual misconduct and sexual assault cases under Title IX, a federal statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in any federally funded education program or activity. Like all educational institutions that receive federal funding, Colorado State University is required to amend its current policies and procedures to implement these new regulations.

Over the coming weeks, a committed team of administrators at the University will be carefully reviewing the final regulations and determining how to implement the new requirements in a way that best preserves the fairness, thoroughness, and sensitivity to the needs of all parties and witnesses of our current process. We will include and seek input from stakeholders in the construction of our implementation plans.

For now, the new Title IX regulations take effect on August 14, 2020. Until then, current University policies and practices will continue to apply to complaints alleging sexual harassment that occurred prior to August 14, 2020. The new regulations will apply to sexual harassment that allegedly occurred on or after August 14, 2020. The Office of Title IX Programs will remain in regular communication with parties to complaints about timelines and applicable process to the complaint.

Diana Prieto
Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX Programs
Interim Title IX Coordinator

Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity

Due to the University’s response to COVID-19, staff in the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity and across the University will be working remotely as of Monday, March 23rd. The Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity will continue to provide resources and conduct investigations. Though we will endeavor to meet our usual service timelines, teleworking and the availability of parties no longer on campus or in the community may impact investigation timelines, so thank you in advance for your patience throughout this process.

If you will not be returning to campus this semester, please let the investigator know so we can continue to provide you with the best support and guidance moving forward. Overall, circumstances will not impact University process, meaning meetings and hearings will still occur, just remotely. If you have specific questions regarding your ability to participate remotely, please contact the investigator.