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Compliance

The University has adopted policies and procedures aimed at addressing and preventing campus violence that includes, but is not limited to, acts related to sexual violence and misconduct, alcohol and drug use on campus and interpersonal violence.  For more information on those policies and procedures, visit the policy page for links to relevant information at MSU Denver. 

Below are descriptions of Federal laws that impact policies and procedures on the University campus and are intended to provide students, staff, faculty and visitors with information on how the University complies with those laws. The information outlined here is not comprehensive; rather, it is intended to provide overview information about some of the laws that impact our responsibilities to the campus and surrounding community regarding crime prevention and safety. Contact us for more information or with questions about the content here.


In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the University publicly discloses information regarding crimes in certain categories that are reported on and near the campus so that our community is informed about reported incidents. These statistics are published annually in our Campus Security Report. Please view the Campus Crime Report section of this website to view the current and recent reports, as well as a copy of the annual security report notification memorandum sent to MSU Denver students.

Those on campus who are responsible for reporting an incident are called Campus Security Authorities (CSAs).  For more information on the roles and responsibilities of Campus Security Authorities, visit the Campus Security Authorities section of this site. Many University employees have the responsibility of being a Campus Security Authority (CSA). At MSU Denver, CSAs include staff with significant responsibility to students or student organizations, student organization advisors and athletic coaches. CSAs have the responsibility of reporting allegations of crimes that are reportable under the Clery Act when they become aware of the crime or alleged crime. As such, sharing information about a crime or policy violation with any CSA is not confidential.

For information on how to report an incident, visit the reporting section of this site.

Furthermore, in the event of a situation, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Chief of Auraria Campus Police, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide timely warning will be issued and disseminated to current students, staff and faculty through their @msudenver.edu email account. To ensure that you receive such alerts, register yourself for the RAVE messaging system today.

Please note: Rave does not charge subscribers to send or receive SMS messages. Standard or other messaging charges apply depending upon your wireless carrier plan and subscription details. Once registered, you can opt out of SMS messages at any time by texting STOP to 67283 or 226787.

Title IX, while commonly associated with athletics, addresses larger issues of gender equity in education. Specifically, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” As such, if the University becomes aware that a student is being harassed, assaulted or otherwise discriminated against due to their gender, the University will respond promptly to address the problematic behavior and strives to swiftly remedy the situation so that the student may be able to fully participate in the benefits of education.

The University’s policy and related procedures pertaining to allegations of students engaged in sexual harassment, including sexual misconduct, sexual assault and gender based stalking, can be found here in Article V. By following the link, you can learn more about confidentiality, grievance procedures, the University’s stance against retaliation, the standard of evidence used by the University and time frames used when addressing gender discrimination and sexual misconduct.  Additionally, you can find definitions of consent, incapacitation, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct including sexual assault and stalking.

Individuals who become aware of, or who have experienced discrimination, including sexual misconduct, are encouraged to file a report and to also contact the police so that action can be taken to stop the behavior and remedy the situation. Under Title IX, most faculty and staff of the University must report incidents of sexual misconduct and/or discrimination once they learn of an incident.  Clinicians acting as such at the Health Center and Counseling Center are generally excluded from this requirement, unless there is threat of imminent harm (in which case they will also contact the appropriate authorities).

Individuals who have experienced or are otherwise affected by discrimination, including sexual misconduct, are encouraged to seek help from the applicable resources.

For more information or to learn about filing a complaint at the federal level on Title IX, please visit the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

In compliance with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), starting with the 2013 Annual Security Report, the University will include information about reports of domestic violence, stalking and dating violence which has occurred on or adjacent to campus in the Annual Security Report. Furthermore, prompt reporting of such incidents to the Auraria Police Department and/or Campus Security Authorities, in addition to the local authorities in the precinct in which the incident(s) occurred, is encouraged. The University's Student Code of Conduct addresses domestic violence, stalking and dating violence when the respondent is a student. Please make a report if you have knowledge of a MSU Denver student engaging in any such behavior.

Definitions- State of Colorado


In the State of Colorado, Consent is defined as:

Cooperation in act or attitude pursuant to an exercise of free will and with knowledge of the nature of the act.  A current or previous relationship shall not be sufficient to constitute consent under the provisions of this part 4. Submission under the influence of fear shall not constitute consent. Nothing in this definition shall be construed to affect the admissibility of evidence or the burden of proof in regard to the issue of consent under this part 4.

(C.R.S. 18-3-401)


In the State of Colorado, Domestic Violence is defined as:

(1) "Domestic violence" means an act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. "Domestic violence" also includes any other crime against a person, or against property, including an animal, or any municipal ordinance violation against a person, or against property, including an animal, when used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge directed against a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship.

(2) "Intimate relationship" means a relationship between spouses, former spouses, past or present unmarried couples, or persons who are both the parents of the same child regardless of whether the persons have been married or have lived together at any time.

(C.R.S. 18-6-800.3 (2013))


In the State of Colorado, Stalking is defined as: (1) A person commits stalking if directly, or indirectly through another person, the person knowingly:

(a) Makes a credible threat to another person and, in connection with the threat, repeatedly follows, approaches, contacts, or places under surveillance that person, a member of that person's immediate family, or someone with whom that person has or has had a continuing relationship; or

(b) Makes a credible threat to another person and, in connection with the threat, repeatedly makes any form of communication with that person, a member of that person's immediate family, or someone with whom that person has or has had a continuing relationship, regardless of whether a conversation ensues; or

(c) Repeatedly follows, approaches, contacts, places under surveillance, or makes any form of communication with another person, a member of that person's immediate family, or someone with whom that person has or has had a continuing relationship in a manner that would cause a reasonable person to suffer serious emotional distress and does cause that person, a member of that person's immediate family, or someone with whom that person has or has had a continuing relationship to suffer serious emotional distress. For purposes of this paragraph (c), a victim need not show that he or she received professional treatment or counseling to show that he or she suffered serious emotional distress.

(C.R.S. 18-3-602 (2012))


Please note: The State of Colorado does not have a specific definition of Dating Violence. As such, the federal definition applies (see below).


The above definitions are included here so that individuals understand how such acts are defined in the State of Colorado. However, in compliance with VAWA, the Annual Security Report includes reports of incidents which meet the federal definitions of such crimes.

Definitions- Federal


The federal definition of Domestic Violence is:  

A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.


The federal definition of Stalking is:  

Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (A) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or (B) suffer substantial emotional distress.


The federal definition of Dating Violence is:

Violence committed by a person (A) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and (B) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: (i) the length of the relationship, (ii) the type of relationship, and (iii) the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.


The Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Regulations (Education Department General Administrative Regulations [EDGAR]), requires that, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution of higher education must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and
employees.

The University has adopted and implemented a drug and alcohol prevention program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by all students and employees both on campus and as part of any of its activities. One component of this program is a Biennial Review on the effectiveness of the alcohol and other drugs programs and the consistency of sanction enforcement.

Interested parties are welcome to download the University's most recent DFSCA Biennial Review. This document is a compilation of the policies, programs, and assessments relating to alcohol and other drugs at MSU Denver from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014. The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require that all institutions of higher education receiving any form of financial assistance provide each student with information regarding drug and alcohol use. View the most recent notification sent to all current students here: DFSCA Memo to Students - February 2017. University employees receive a similar notification with information and resources.

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