Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation and Sexual Misconduct

This form is to be used by students, faculty and staff to report complaints of “Discrimination,” “Harassment” or “Retaliation,” as those terms are defined in the University’s Discrimination Complaint Procedures (the “DCP”). 

You can find the DCP on page 59. 

The DCP describes specifically what is meant by the terms “Discrimination”, “Harassment” and “Retaliation” and how Complaints of “Discrimination,” “Harassment” and “Retaliation” are investigated and resolved by the University.

Terminology

To assist you in understanding these terms, here are a few examples:

“Discrimination” occurs when you are treated unfavorably because of your race, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or other protected status.

“Harassment” occurs when you are subjected to unwelcome discriminatory behavior to which you have not consented where those actions are severe or repeated such that they create an intimidating, hostile or abusive work or educational environment.

“Retaliation” occurs when you are treated unfavorably because you have complained, in good faith, about Discrimination or Harassment or because you have provided information, in good faith, about another person’s complaint of Discrimination or Harassment.

 

For additional definitions and information regarding Sexual Misconduct and Title IX

Report Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation and Sexual Misconduct

If you have any questions about what Discrimination, Harassment or Retaliation means, about any other part of the DCP or about completing this form, please contact the persons listed below:

If you are a student:
Dean of Students Office
970-351-2824

If you are faculty:
Human Resources Office
970-351-2718

If you are staff:
Human Resources Office
970-351-2718

If you are a person other than student, faculty or staff:
Dean of Students Office
970-351-2824

 

The information that you provide on this form is necessary for the University to be able to investigate and resolve your complaint.  The University may ask you for additional information during its investigation and it will also ask for information from the person(s) who you claim have discriminated, harassed or retaliated against you, as well as for information from others who may have identified as persons who may have information that is relevant to your complaint.

During the course of the investigation of your complaint, the University may take interim actions (such as no contact orders, adjustments to class schedules or housing assignments, interim suspension of students, administrative leave for employees) that it believes are reasonable and necessary to protect you, the person(s) who you claim may have discriminated, harassed or retaliated against you, or persons who may have information that is relevant to your complaint.

 

The complaint that you file will be provided to the University’s Title IX Coordinator and the University’s General Counsel.  It will also be provided to the individual(s) who you claim have discriminated, harassed or retaliated against you (subject to the University’s decision on any request you may make that your identity remaining confidential.)  In addition, the University may need to share information that you or others may provide in the course of the investigation of your complaint with those University officials or employees, including the University’s police department, in order that those persons can fulfill responsibilities that they have with respect to you, to the person(s) who you claim have discriminated, harassed or retaliated against you, or to others who may provide information relevant to your complaint.  Providing this information may also relate to the responsibilities of these University officials or employees for the efficient operation of the University or in order to implement or monitor any interim actions that are put in place during the course of the investigation.

If you would like your identity to remain confidential in connection with your Complaint, you may ask that the University do so.  The University will consider you request and determine whether or not it will keep your identity confidential.  In making that determination, the University will consider, among other things, its responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment to all students and employees and whether maintaining the Complainant’s identity as confidential may limit its ability to investigate the Complaint or limit the ability of the person(s) accused of Discrimination, Harassment or Retaliation to be able to provide information to the University in response to the Complaint.  In addition, when you file a complaint, you have consented to disclosure of the complaint and of information provided or gathered during the investigation of your complaint under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”).