Sexual Misconduct Campus Climate Survey
In the fall of 2016, the Office of Equity launched the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus’s first Sexual Misconduct Campus Climate Survey. This confidential survey sought to help us better understand the extent and effects sexual misconduct has in our community.
The survey, the first of its kind for our community, was sent to more than 30,000 students, faculty and staff. The overall response rate was 16%, representing 1,179 undergraduates, 1,296 graduate students, and 2,616 faculty/staff/affiliates.
Survey findings indicate that 14.9% of students and 9.6% of faculty/staff/affiliates who responded experienced at least one of the five types of sexual misconduct researched (sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, intimate partner abuse, and stalking), either on or off campus, since joining CU Denver | Anschutz. Findings show that 6.8% of all students and 1.6% of faculty/staff/affiliates experienced sexual assault on or off campus since joining the university. These rates are consistent with or lower than national rates of sexual misconduct and sexual assault, although direct comparisons are difficult due to differences in survey questions, populations, and definitions used. For instance, CU Denver | Anschutz is one of very few universities to include faculty and staff in its survey. While our estimates are consistent with or lower than others, we recognize that any amount of sexual misconduct is too much, and as a university, we are strongly dedicated to ending it.
Results also indicate that 40% of all students (36% of graduate students, and 43% of undergraduate students) report understanding the university’s formal procedure for reporting sexual misconduct. Fifty percent of CU Anschutz faculty, staff and affiliates, and 70% of CU Denver faculty, staff and affiliates reported understanding the university’s formal procedure for reporting sexual misconduct.
Requests for training can be made to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator of Prevention, Training & Outreach.
Please continue to check this page as we will announce more plans and ideas as this project continues.
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Annual Reports for the Office of Equity
The Office of Equity (OE) was created three years ago where all investigations into allegations of harassment and discrimination — whether against a student or an employee. The OE enforces the University of Colorado Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Abuse and Stalking Policy, the University of Colorado Discrimination and Harassment Policies, and the University of Colorado Policy on Conflict of Interest in Cases of Amorous Relationships, and any related retaliation. The Office of Equity houses the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator, who assists with ADA accommodations for faculty and staff, and the University’s Affirmative Action Plans. The OE will address all complaints of sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment for the CU Denver and CU Anschutz campuses in accordance with the corresponding OE Process and Procedures. The OE also addresses all allegations of discrimination regarding Parenting and Pregnancy, Service Animals on Campus, Retaliation concerns related to engagement with our office, ADA Accommodations and the University’s Affirmative Action Plans. The OE will address all complaints of discrimination and harassment for the CU Denver and Anschutz Medical campuses using the methods described in OE’s Process and Procedures. The Director of the OE serves as the campus Title IX Coordinator for CU Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus.
The University is committed to taking appropriate action against those who are found through investigation to have violated the policies established at this institution. Individuals who violate these policies will be disciplined or subjected to corrective action, up to and including termination or expulsion. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for sanctioning students found responsible for policy violations, and provides guidance and direction for sanctions to disciplinary authorities of faculty and staff found to be in violation of these policies.
Below are links to statistical reports on the annual cases the OE has worked on since 2016:
Affirmative Action Plans will be posted soon!