Understanding the Procedure, Reporting Violations, and Accessing Services
The CCA community has the right to be free from sexual violence. All members of the CCA community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. CCA is committed to a zero tolerance policy for sex/gender-based misconduct.
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (known simply as Title IX) is the federal law that protects you from discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities.
What is CCA's Sexual Misconduct Procedure (CCA HR 5.1)?
Sexual misconduct includes unwanted sexual activity, touching, or behavior. Attempting these behaviors is also sexual misconduct.
Alcohol and drug use NEVER excuse or lessen violations to the Sexual Misconduct Procedure. Possession, use, or distribution of any rape drug, such as Rohypnol, Ketamine, GHB, etc. is a violation of the Sexual Misconduct Procedure. Learn more about rape drugs at www.911rape.org.
Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:
The Community College of Aurora (CCA), by virtue of its commitment to the ideals of dignity, equality, and mutual respect for all people, strictly prohibits any form of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a violation of professional ethics, a form of discrimination and a violation of federal law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.It is the policy of CCA that unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:
Non-Consensual Sexual Contact
Non-consensual sexual contact is any sexual touching that is on purpose, without consent, and/or by force.
Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse
Non-consensual sexual intercourse is any sexual penetration without consent and/or by force, or trying to do the same.
Sexual exploitation is taking advantage of another person in a sexual situation.
What is consent?
Consent is a clear understanding that someone is willing to do something. It must be voluntary.
Silence IS NOT consent.
If the person is younger than 18 OR is physically or mentally incapacitated due to any of the following, then there CANNOT BE CONSENT:
Using force, violence, intimidation, or unreasonable pressure to get what you want is NOT consent.
How do I report violations of the Sexual Misconduct Procedure?
If you have experienced sexual misconduct or suspect that someone else in the CCA community has, Report it. Help make CCA a safe community free of sexual misconduct.
Please complete the Harassment, Discrimination (Including Sexual Misconduct), and Retaliation On-Line Complaint Form. For additional information, please refer to the Sexual Misconduct Procedure.
To talk to someone or to submit the complaint form, please contact:
Title IX Compliance and Equal Opportunity Officer
NAME Cindy Hesse
JOB TITLE Director of Human Resources
ADDRESS 16000 E. CentreTech Pkwy., Suite A207-D, Aurora, CO 80011
PHONE NUMBER 303-360-4752 EMAIL Cindy.Hesse@CCAurora.edu
CCA employees have an ethical obligation to report anything they are aware of related to discrimination and harassment. If you have questions or are unsure, contact Human Resources.
Anyone can request advice and information about possible ways to proceed.
What I should do if I experience sexual violence?
On campus: Human Resources, in room A207 or Campus Security, in room A101 of the Administration Building on the CentreTech campus, can connect you with these services. Either office can also help you report the incident if you choose to do so. Call 303-360-4752 or 303-360-4727 to find out more.
Off campus: If you cannot get to the campus or it is after hours, contact the The Blue Bench, Denver's rape crisis center. Call their 24-hour hotline at 303-322-7273. Learn more about The Blue Bench on their website.
You can also contact the local victim assistance program, through the city or area you live in. Our Campus Security can also assist you in accessing these services.
College staff are required to report alleged violations under Title IX. If you would like to speak to someone but not report the alleged violation, you can contact our counseling office at 303-360-4932 or contact The Blue Bench at 302.322.7273.
Get help, like counseling or victim assistance.
On campus: The Counseling office in Student Affairs, contracts licensed counselors who will meet with you, listen and help figure out options to address your individual problems and challenges. We then provide referrals to both on-campus and community resources to help you handle what life send your way.
Call 303-360-4932 to set up an appointment and speak with a counselor. You may also send us an email: email@example.com.
How are alcohol and sexual misconduct related?
Drinking alcohol can you more willing to take risks. Alcohol makes it harder to give and ask for consent. Sexual violence among college students involves alcohol most of the time. Alcohol makes it harder to resist unwelcome sexual advances too. It is harder to say no and harder to get away from someone who is being forceful if you've been drinking.
Protect yourself by understanding the risks, especially when you are drinking. Take care of your friends, and ask them to take care of you.
Campus Sexual Assault Victims Bill of Rights
For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures or if you feel you have been subjected to discrimination and/or sexual misconduct based on federal or state civil rights laws, please report the complaint to:
Title IX Compliance and Equal Opportunity Officer NAME Cindy Hesse JOB TITLE Director of Human Resources ADDRESS 16000 E. Centretech Pkwy., Suite A207-D, Aurora, CO 80011 PHONE NUMBER 303-360-4752 EMAIL Cindy.Hesse@CCAurora.edu
Depending on who the accused party is (Respondent), the college will adhere to the applicable Civil Rights Grievance and Investigation Process.