CU Begins Implementation of New Title IX Rules

July 31, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education recently issued new guidelines for how universities and K-12 schools will investigate and adjudicate sexual misconduct allegations beginning Aug. 14.

To ensure that students, faculty and staff are aware of the new rules and how they will work in practice, Title IX coordinators for all four campuses in the CU system have begun meeting with stakeholder groups to explain what has changed with Title IX, what will remain the same, and how the campuses can continue to address sexual misconduct with strong university policies that complement the new Title IX rules.

Valerie Simons, associate vice chancellor and Title IX coordinator for CU Boulder’s Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC), is leading the systemwide implementation of the new rules issued on May 6. This effort is in addition to the work of a statewide committee she chairs that is providing recommendations to all of Colorado’s institutions of higher education required to update their policies under the new rules.

Mandatory Trainings

No later than Aug. 14, universities and K-12 schools across the country are required to implement the federal rule changes and provide appropriate trainings to all students, faculty, and staff.

The Office of Equity (OE) staff are currently working to update the CU Denver Sexual Misconduct Procedures in accordance with the new regulations, staff in the OE are working diligently to review and update the Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Training in Skillsoft for faculty and staff in accordance with the new regulations. The Skillsoft training is currently scheduled to be available for faculty and staff to take beginning on August 18. Given the substantive changes to both the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures, all Faculty and Staff will be required to take this training, and will be required to complete this training every three years. 

Additionally, the OE Staff is working closely with the Phoenix Center to update the Canvas training available to students to also to comply with the new regulations.  The OE continue to evaluate how best to deliver this online training, and in-person training to incoming and continuing students at CU Denver and CU Anschutz. 

Commitment to Equity and Fairness

The OE and partner offices on the other CU campuses continue to be committed to providing equity and fairness during resolutions in sexual misconduct cases, to comply with new and existing applicable federal and state laws, and to create a process that campus communities can understand and access.

CU’s sexual misconduct policy, which has been updated to include the new guidance, will remain strong, and efforts that will continue include the full investigation of all sexual misconduct allegations; maintaining on- and off-campus jurisdiction; provision of supportive measures and services to victims; mandatory reporting by responsible employees; and procedural protections for all parties during formal investigations.The federal government’s new regulations narrow sexual misconduct definitions under Title IX, specify jurisdiction for such cases, and prescribe grievance procedures and staff roles for adjudications.