Civil Rights and Title IX

Graduates standing in their caps and gowns.

The Community College of Aurora is firmly committed to maintaining a work and learning environment where students and employees are treated with dignity and respect. Sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and acts of civil rights discrimination are illegal, often demeaning for the individual student or employee, and can disrupt the College’s positive learning and working environment. As such, all members of the College community have a responsibility to be aware of what behaviors constitute these actions/violations and to help create an environment free of harassment and/or discrimination.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Community College of Aurora prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment including those that violate federal and state law, or the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policies 3-120 and 4-120. The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, martial status, pregnancy status, religion, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its employment practices or educational programs and activities. The Community College of Aurora will take appropriate steps to ensure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in vocational education programs.

Retaliation Statement

Individuals affiliated with the Colorado Community College System, including the Community College of Aurora shall not discriminate or harass on the basis of sex, gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, familial status, veteran or military, pregnancy status, marital status, religion, genetic information, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law (also known as “civil rights laws”), in connection with employment practices or educational programs and activities (including admissions). Individuals shall not retaliate against any person who opposes discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, or participates in any complaint or investigation process.

Retaliation is defined as “any adverse employment or educational action taken against a person because of the person’s participation, or perceived participation, in a complaint or investigation of discrimination and/or harassment. Retaliation includes acts to intimidate, threaten, coerce, or discriminate against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege provided by applicable civil rights laws, policies, and procedures.

Overview and Purpose

What is Title IX?

Title IX is the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination, sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct in educational institutions.  Title IX, Educational Amendments of 1972 states in part in 20 U.S.C. Section 1681-1688:  Prohibition against discrimination – 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.

Sexual Misconduct / Title IX – Definitions

Sexual Misconduct Offenses Include, but are not Limited to:

­­For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact:

Title IX/ Equal Opportunity Coordinator

Erica Hines

Chief Human Resource & Personnel Success Officer

16000 E. CentreTech Parkway
Administration Building, Office A207E
Aurora, Colorado 80011

[email protected]

Deputy Coordinator: Students

Reyna M. Anaya, PhD (she, her, hers)

Senior Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Student Success

[email protected]

Deputy Coordinator: Employee

Angela Marquez, PhD (she, her, hers)

Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief of Staff

[email protected]