CCA is an accredited community college with campuses in Aurora and Denver Colorado

Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination & Harassment (Title IX)

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.

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.

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:

  • Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual's employment or educational opportunity.
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is the basis for employment or educational decisions affecting such individuals.
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment. Such conduct will not be tolerated at the college. Substantiated charges will result in disciplinary action which may include expulsion or termination of employment.

Non-consensual sexual contact is any sexual touching that is on purpose, without consent, and/or by force.
Examples:

  • Groping or fondling
  • Making someone touch you sexually
  • Touching someone's backside or breasts without consent

Non-consensual sexual intercourse is any sexual penetration without consent and/or by force, or trying to do the same.
Examples:

  • Rape
  • Unwanted oral sex

Sexual exploitation is taking advantage of another person in a sexual situation.

Examples:

  • Invasion of sexual privacy
  • Prostituting another person
  • Recording sexual activity (video or audio) without consent
  • Knowingly transmitting a sexually transmitted infection or HIV to another person
  • Watching another person in a sexual or otherwise intimate situation without their 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:

  • Disability
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Involuntary physical restraint
  • Sleep
  • Unconsciousness
  • Blackout

Using force, violence, intimidation, or unreasonable pressure to get what you want is NOT consent.

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 Parkway., 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.

  1. Go to a safe place and call someone. Call 911.
  2. Do not shower, wash your hands or fingernails, change or remove any clothing, or apply or take medication. Any of these actions could alter or destroy physical evidence.
  3. Go to a hospital for medical attention.
  4. Get help, like counseling or victim assistance.

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.

  • Aurora Police Department Victim Services Unit at (303) 627-3100 or visit their website.
  • Arapahoe County Victim Services (720) 874-4038 or visit their website.
  • Denver Police Department Victim Services Unit at (720) 913-6035  or visit their website.
  • Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance at (303) 861-1160 or visit their website.

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.

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:  counseling@ccaurora.edu.

Off campus: If 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.

  • Aurora Mental Health Crisis Line (24/7) 303-617-2300
  • If you need help with Sexual Assault or Domestic Violence, contact RAINN at or (800) 656-4673 (HOPE).

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.

  • Don't let friends put themselves in sexual situations when they've been drinking.
  • Don't be afraid to speak up or ask questions about situations that make you uncomfortable.
  • Speak up if someone is in a risky situation.
  • Ask  your friends to look out for you.
  • If a friend is too drunk to make good decisions about sex, get them home safely.
  • If you go to a party together, you should all leave together.

Campus Sexual Assault Victims Bill of Rights

  • Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
  • Accuser and accused must have the same opportunity to have others present.
  • Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding.
  • Survivors shall be notified of counseling services.
  • Survivors shall be notified of options for changing academic and living situations.

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:

NAME: Cindy Hesse
JOB TITLE: Director of Human Resources
ADDRESS: 16000 E. Centretech Parkway., 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.

Employee Grievances

Student Grievances

Civil Rights Grievance & Investigation Process

Sexual Misconduct Procedures

  • When the Respondent is an Employee, Faculty/Adjunct Instructor, Classified employee, authorized volunteer, guest or visitor, Go Here
  • When the Respondent is a Student Go Here
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