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Complaint Procedures

III. Initiating a Complaint & Complaint Processing

A. Who may file a complaint?

Employees, students, applicants for employment, participants in University-sponsored activities, and other persons affiliated with the University may file a complaint of discrimination, harassment, and/or sexual misconduct with the Office of Equal Opportunity in accordance with these procedures.

  1. Supervisors must immediately report any complaints they receive or incidents of alleged harassment or discrimination they witness to the Director of Human Resources and/or the Office of Equal Opportunity.
  2. Any University faculty or staff members (including Student Conduct and Housing and Residential Education staff, Campus Safety Officers, Coaches, etc.) informed of a concern of sexual misconduct are required to notify the Title IX Coordinator, identified below.

The amount of identifiable information that the faculty or staff member will be required to share concerning sexual misconduct matters will depend on the nature of the allegation. Nevertheless, the Title IX Coordinator may request to meet with the impacted party to discuss his/her options and resources.

B. Initiating a complaint

A person who wishes to report a concern or complaint regarding discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct may do so by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity:

Office of Equal Opportunity
2199 S. University Blvd.
Mary Reed Building, RM 422
303-871-7436
EqualOpportunity@du.edu

At the time of filing, the Complainant should provide his or her current contact information. It is the Complainant's responsibility to notify the Office of Equal Opportunity of any changes to his or her contact information.

C. Time for filing a complaint

Complainants are encouraged to raise concerns of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct within 180 days of the last incident. Nevertheless, the University reserves the right to review matters outside the 180 days in its efforts to maintain a safe and productive environment for all of its community members.

D. Conflict of interest

If the complaint relates to actions committed by the staff of the Office of Equal Opportunity, the complaint should be directed to the Director of Human Resources, who shall appoint an appropriate investigator.

E. Confidentiality

The University of Denver takes complaints of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct very seriously. Individuals who believe that they have been impacted by an act of discrimination, harassment, and/or sexual misconduct are encouraged to share concerns with the Office of Equal Opportunity. To assess the allegations, as well as address and prevent inappropriate conduct, the Office of Equal Opportunity reviews all complaints.

While these matters are treated as confidentially as possible, complete confidentially cannot be guaranteed. Complainants and Respondents should be aware that certain individuals, including, but not limited to interviewees and other responsible University administrators, may legitimately receive some or all of the information contained in the complaint and resulting from the investigation. Individuals who desire complete anonymity are still encouraged to reach out to the Office of Equal Opportunity to discuss their options.

An individual who is seeking confidential support and does not wish to file a complaint should speak with on-campus health or counseling professionals1, members of the clergy,2 or on-campus victim advocates.3 Speaking with Health and Counseling Services, the University Chaplin, or C.A.P.E does not constitute a report of a discriminatory act. Though, these resources are also available to Complainants and Respondents.

1 Health and Counseling Services
2240 East Buchtel Blvd. Suite 3N
Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303.871.2205

2 University Chaplain
Driscoll Student Center South, Suite 29
2050 East Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303.871.4488

3 Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (C.A.P.E)
2222 S. High Street
Nelson Residence Hall, Room 103
Denver, CO 80210
Phone: 303-871-3853