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Going to College: What Families Need to Know About Sexual Assault and Safety on Campus

September 2016

Talking about sexual assault on campus with your student can be difficult. Fortunately, you don't have to do it alone! This tip sheet from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) provides information for families to discuss regarding campus sexual assault as well as safety, consent, and healthy relationships. A list of questions to ask about how your child's college handles sexual assault is also included.

Click here to check it out! 

 


 

Men's Views on Gender Equality

May 2016

"We talk about sexism as if it's a women's problem.  It's women's problem to deal with, but it's men's problem."


Title IX update

April 2016

Each year, the University of Denver recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) during the month of April by hosting a number of awareness and education events for the DU community. The second annual SAAM Summit will be "Beyond The Single Story: Strengthening our Understanding of Gender, Sexuality, and Violence," with the goal to deepen and complicate the narratives around the intersectionality of gender, sexuality and gender-based violence. The keynote speaker for the summit is Andrea Gibson, who will perform on the evening of April 7, followed by a day of workshops on April 8. Register today and get more information about other events during April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Register for the summit.

Read more from the DU Clarion. 

Photo by John Poe for the DU Clarion.

Photo by John Poe for the DU Clarion


 

Title IX update

March, 2016

The Department of Campus Safety and Title IX sent out a campus safety alert to inform the community that there have been seven sexual assaults reported this year. Of the seven, six of the survivors knew their attackers.  Title IX Coordinator, Jean McAllister, reminds us that sexual assault is never the victim's fault.  See the coverage from Channel 4 below:


 

Title IX update

February, 2016

On Feb. 4, the Office of the Chancellor sent out an email acknowledging the instances of sexual assault that have occurred on DU's campus. The email recognized the work that it says still needs to be done to improve the campus climate surrounding such events. Read more here. 


 

Title IX update

February 4, 2016

Dear colleagues,


The University of Denver is committed to fostering an environment of safety and respect, where sexual misconduct is never tolerated and where all members of our community have the resources and support necessary for them to thrive. We thank the dedicated students, staff and faculty members who have advocated for and continue to work to realize such an environment.
The recently reported sexual assaults, including a rape and three reports of forcible fondling, that occurred near campus are a sobering reminder of the continued need to create an equitable campus, continually improve University policies and practices related to prevention and education, and provide more accessible ways for members of our community to report instances of misconduct or violence and receive the support they need.
We want to highlight several actions we have taken with respect to our ongoing efforts in this critical area.

  • In 2014, we engaged an audit of University policies, procedures and practices by Pepper Hamilton LLP, a national firm that helps universities understand and comply with federal guidelines surrounding Title IX and sexual violence. Pepper Hamilton made several initial recommendations for improvement, and we started working to implement those changes even before the audit report was complete. Because the University was in the process of making changes to address the audit report, Pepper Hamilton also prepared an addendum that outlined changes we had made since their audit was conducted last spring. We are encouraged by the assessment, which found that we are moving steadily in the right direction.
         * Read the Report Addendum addressing the University's current Title IX program and outlining progress on original audit recommendations
         * Read the full Audit Report describing DU's program in 2014 and making recommendations for change
  • One important improvement we have made, as recommended by Pepper Hamilton, is the dedication of a new Title IX office, led by Jean McAllister. The office now has two full-time civil rights investigators, Eric Butler and Siri Slater, and we have clarified the office's leadership and strengthened its partnerships with the larger Title IX team that provides direct response to sexual (gender) violence. This team includes CAPE, the Health and Counseling Center, Campus Safety, Student Conduct and the Office of Graduate Studies; we of course reach out to other University groups and programs depending on the needs of each case.
  • • Also, in response to concerns expressed by community members—especially the many dedicated students who have spoken with us directly—we have established consistent language, uniform Title IX procedures and tighter time frames in our investigation process, and we have strengthened our ability to respond to concerns of retaliation. Information on these and other updates are posted on the Title IX website. As a result, we are beginning to see victims coming forward to report incidents of sexual assault that occurred months or more in the past. This is an important indication of the growing trust in our systems.

We want DU to become a model for campus gender equity as well as prevention, advocacy and response to issues of sexual and gender-based discrimination, harassment and violence. To do so, we need everyone's help. Please join us in working daily to make DU a safe and supportive place for all to study, work and live.
If you have concerns, questions or comments, please email Jean.McAllister@du.edu.


Sincerely,
Rebecca Chopp, Chancellor
Jean McAllister, Title IX Coordinator


 

Title IX update

January, 2016

Audit Report Addendum

Audit Report


Title IX update

January 4, 2016

The office of Title IX extends a warm welcome to the University's new Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, Laura Maresca. 


Title IX update

Fall Quarter, 2015

In August, the Office of Title IX and Office of Equal Opportunity published new Procedures for addressing concerns of discrimination, harassment and gender-based violence. The changes were made in response to feedback from students and community partners. They include imposing time limits on each stage of the investigative process to assist with timely completion of investigations, updating relationship (domestic and dating) violence definitions and strengthening the retaliation language, to more fully address how retaliation presents on college campuses. 

Throughout Fall Quarter 2015 the Office participated in Title IX training for Residential and Housing RAs and Directors, STEM Program Graduate Students, Communications Graduate Students, CAPE advocates; CAPE Peer Educators, Administrative Council and Faculty Senate, and other student, faculty and staff groups across campus. 


Title IX update

Summer Quarter, 2015

The Office of Title IX became fully staffed with the hiring of Siri Slater, Investigator for the Office of Title IX and Equal Opportunity on July 7, 2015. Welcome, Siri! 


Title IX update

June 1, 2015

The University welcomes Jean McAllister, Title IX Coordinator and DU Alumnus. 

Read about Jean's background


Title IX training

May 20, 2015

Our responsibility as faculty and staff members at the University of Denver centers on creating an environment in which our students can be fully engaged in their learning and can flourish in their time here. Such an environment is also better for us as employees as we work together to achieve our educational mission.

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Title IX update

April 28, 2015

You may be wondering about an increase in campus messages regarding the serious issue of sexual misconduct.

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Title IX Coordinator Announced

April 28, 2015

I am pleased to announce that Jean McAllister will join the University as our Title IX coordinator. Jean will report to Kathryne Grove, EEO director, and will begin her work at DU effective June 1, 2015.

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Update on Title IX coordinator and investigator searches

Feb. 20, 2015

Last quarter, we began a series of updates on our ongoing efforts to both address sexual misconduct and create a more compassionate and supportive community at the University of Denver. One change we announced was the addition of a full-time Title IX coordinator and an additional investigator. 

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2014 Campus Safety survey results

Jan. 28, 2015

In the fall of 2014, the Department of Campus Safety conducted a campuswide survey of students, faculty and staff to solicit feedback regarding service levels, perceptions and training programs that Campus Safety provides. 

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Recommit to our University Values

Jan. 19, 2015

As we join many from around the nation today by observing the national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone in the DU community to recommit to our University values. At DU, we strive for excellence, innovation, engagement, integrity and inclusiveness.

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Addressing student concerns about sexual misconduct

Oct. 24, 2014

You’ve received a few emails on the subject of sexual misconduct and Title IX from the University of Denver administration over the past several months. We would like to take this opportunity to address some of the questions and concerns we’ve heard from you, the student body.

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Update on efforts addressing sexual misconduct

University of Denver strives to create and maintain a community in which all of us—students, staff and faculty—are treated with dignity, decency and respect. Our environment should be one of mutual trust, freedom of inquiry and expression, and absent intimidation, oppression and exploitation. 

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Campus Diversity and Inclusion

Aug. 22, 2014

A crucial mark of a leading university is its commitment to diversity and the inclusive practice of recognizing and valuing the rich experiences, perspectives, and world-views of its community members. 

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Addressing sexual assault and harassment on campus

Aug. 15, 2014

As you may be aware, a petition recently circulated in the University community asking the senior administration to take a more active role in preventing and investigating sexual assault at the University of Denver. The petition was circulated in response to media reports of the University’s comments on the Title IX lawsuit filed earlier this year.

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Letter regarding Office of Civil Rights (OCR) investigation

May 8, 2014

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education published through its Office of Civil Rights (OCR) a list of colleges and universities that have an open investigation involving sexual violence. The University of Denver appears on this list of 55 institutions. Our inclusion on the list stems from a single claim filed with the OCR; we are cooperating fully with the OCR, but as of this date it has made no determination on this claim. 

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Standing up for a safe, welcoming campus

Jan. 7, 2014

The University is committed to maintaining a safe, welcoming campus where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  

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Message from the Chancellor

Nov. 6, 2013

It is important that we remember that ours is a community based on dignity and mutual respect, and that each day presents us with opportunities to act in accordance with our core values: excellence, innovation, engagement, integrity and inclusiveness.

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Campus of Integrity

March 14, 2013

The University of Denver has won the 2012-2013 Campus of Integrity Award from the prestigious International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) . 

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