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Non-Discrimination & Affirmative Action

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, 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.

The College has designated Cindy Hesse, Director of Human Resources, as its Affirmative Action (AA) Officer, Equal Opportunity (EO), and Title IX Coordinator with the responsibility to coordinate its civil rights compliance activities and grievance procedures. If you have any questions, please contact her by e-mail at, by phone at 303-360-4752 or by US mail at 16000 East CentreTech Parkway, Administration Building, Office # A207E, Aurora, Colorado  80011.  Ms. Tamara White, Dean of Student Services serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator and may be reached by e-mail at, by phone at 303-360-4746 or at 16000 East CentreTech Parkway, Administration Building, Office # A106F, Aurora, Colorado  80011.

You may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Region VIII, Federal Office Building, 1244 North Speer Boulevard, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204, telephone (303) 844-3417.

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.





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