Skip to main content

Non-Discrimination & Affirmative Action

The Community College of Aurora prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment that violates federal or state law, Board Policy 3-120 or Board Policy 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, pregnancy status, religion or sexual orientation. The College complies with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; Executive Order 11246, and sections 24-34-301, C.R.S. et seq.

For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact our Title IX Compliance/Equal Opportunity Officer, Cindy Hesse, Director of Human Resources at 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Suite A207, Aurora, Colorado 80011 or by phone at 303-360-4752, or e-mail at

Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability, learning or physical, who requires an accommodation to participate in college programs, services, or activities please notify the Accessibility Services Director, Steven Zeeh, at (303) 340-7548 or  For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures contact:

Human Resources
Community College of Aurora
16000 E. CentreTech Parkway
Aurora, CO 80011
(303) 360-4823
Barbara McDonnell, Director of Affirmative Action
Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System
1391 Speer Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 595-1549
Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Region VII
Federal Office Building
1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 844-2991 

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs. The Community College of Aurora, by virtue of its commitment to the ideals of dignity, equality, and mutual respect for all people, deplores and condemns any form of sexual harassment. It is the intent of the Community College of Aurora to comply with both the letter and the spirit of Title IX to make certain discrimination does not occur or adversely affect the educational environment. The Community College of Aurora has a legitimate and compelling interest in prohibiting sexual harassment. Further, the Community College of Aurora has a obligation to discipline those who do engage in sexually harassing behavior.


CCA will comply with discrimination laws and to insure discrimination does not occur or adversely affect the educational environment of students and employees. Sexual harassment in the educational environment may occur between students, administrators, faculty, staff, visitors, or other persons on campus or at college related activities. The range of behaviors may include but is not limited to:

  • sexual flirtation or prolonged staring
  • sexually suggestive looks, gestures or sounds
  • sexually explicit statements, jokes or anecdotes
  • pressure for dates
  • sexually demeaning comments that infer that one sex is inferior to another
  • offensive physical contact such a patting, pinching, cornering, or standing close
  • subtle pressure for sexual activity
  • requests for sex in exchange for grades or favors, or to avoid poor grades or discipline

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment is a violation of federal law, a violation of professional ethics, and a form of discrimination. It is the policy of the Community College of Aurora (CCA policy/procedure No. 515) that unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

  1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term of condition of an individual's employment or educational opportunity;
  2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is the basis for employment or educational decisions affecting such individuals; or
  3. 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 and such conduct will not be tolerated at the College. Substantiated charges will result in disciplinary action which may include expulsion.

Questions or complaints should be directed to Human Resources, A201E, (303) 360-4762. Care will be taken to keep the accusations as confidential as possible.

Student-to-Student Procedure

Sexual harassment will not be tolerated at the Community College of Aurora since it creates an unacceptable educational environment (CCA Policy/Procedure 515). Some situations may be resolved informally by informing the offenders that the behavior is offensive and should be stopped immediately. Students who feel that they have been subjected to sexual harassment by other students are encouraged to contact the Office of the Vice President of Student Services at (303) 360-4703.

Student to Community College of Aurora Employees

Students with complaints against the Community College of Aurora employees should follow the Community College of Aurora Student Grievance procedure.





Main Menu