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.

Confidential Reporting and Support call: 303-360-4790

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

Depending on who the accused party is (Respondent), the college will adhere to the applicable Civil Rights Grievance and Investigation Process.

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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.

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:  counseling@ccaurora.edu.

What I should do if I experience sexual violence?

  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.

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.

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:

  • 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.

Sexual Exploitation

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

Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse

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

Non-Consensual Sexual Contact

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

Sexual Harassment

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:

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