To report an allegation of sexual misconduct related to Title IX, please file a report.
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal law that states, "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 education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance" (20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 – 1688). Under Title IX, discrimination based upon sex includes issues related to sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct includes:
- Any non-consensual behavior, between students, staff, and faculty, of a sexual nature that is committed by force or intimidation, or that is otherwise unwelcome;
- Behavior that occurs between same-sex and opposite-sex interactions;
- Sexual assault, including rape;
- Sexual exploitation;
- Sexual harassment;
- Domestic and dating violence; and,
Discrimination based upon gender is also covered under Title IX. Additionally, under Title IX, the University may take jurisdiction over prohibited behavior that occurs either on- or off-campus.
Title IX strives toward eliminating barriers to education that may arise because of someone's sex or gender. Examples of barriers under Title IX include, but are not limited to:
- “I’m afraid to come to class because this guy won’t leave me alone after I told him I wouldn’t go out with him.”
- “Someone in the student group I belong to makes me really uncomfortable because she keeps making comments about how some of the women in the group are dressed.”
- “My ex-girlfriend and I got into an argument at my apartment on Saturday and the TV got broken. We’re in the same class on Tuesdays and I’m worried about what is going to happen.”
- “I was sexually assaulted by a guy in my study group last week and I need to find another study group to go to and aren’t sure if I should keep going to class.”
- “My classmate keeps sending me text messages, she has shown up at my work-study job, and I think she was following me at the grocery store. I told her to leave me alone but she won’t stop.”
Procedures for handling reports of sexual misconduct, or Title IX, cases are identified in the Student Code of Conduct. The procedures attempt to provide for prompt, thorough, and impartial resolution of reports of sexual misconduct.
The Dean of Students Office handles cases in which a MSU Denver student is the respondent (accused student) in a sexual misconduct case. If the respondent is a MSU Denver faculty or staff member, reporters will be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity. The Dean of Students Office will work with any reporter that comes forward to ensure that the report or complaint gets to the appropriate office.
For more information on how MSU Denver implements Title IX and the related policies and procedures regarding sexual misconduct, look at Article V in the Student Code of Conduct along with downloading the Guide for Reporting Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Related to Title IX. The information contained on this website is intended to provide information and guidance related to Title IX and MSU Denver's Student Code of Conduct. If there are discrepancies between the information on this website and the Student Code of Conduct, the Student Code of Conduct takes precedence.
For additional informationg regarding resources both on and off-campus, please see MSU Denver Dean of Students Resource Brochure.
MSU Denver complies with all federal laws, executive orders and regulations regarding affirmative action and equal opportunity, as well as all civil rights laws of the state of Colorado. MSU Denver, therefore, employs every means to eliminate discrimination on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age or status, such as Vietnam-era or disabled veteran, in all matters of education and employment opportunity provided by the University.
The responsibility for ensuring that discrimination does not occur rests with all members of the University community. Allegations of discrimination should be reported to the Office of Equal Opportunity (EOO) at 303-615-0036, Student Services Building, 306. Depending on the outcome of an investigation, corrective actions or sanctions may be applied.
Students with a physical or mental disability who are requesting academic accommodations should contact the Access Center for Disability Accommodations & Adaptive Technology (Access Center) at 303-615-0200.