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The Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX in collaboration with University partners, fosters an environment of equal opportunity and equity for students, faculty, and staff in all aspects of educational programming and employment. The Office also investigates claims of discrimination based on a protected status, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct.

We also facilitate the University's compliance with applicable laws including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Affirmative Action, Equal Pay, Age Discrimination in Employment; ADA and Section 504, VEVRAA, USERRA, GINA,  as well as other applicable federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.

We can provide training and education on all of these issues.  Request a Training  



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Pay Equity Study Commissioned

Commissioned by Chancellor Emerita Rebecca Chopp, the University of Denver has begun a pay equity study. This voluntary study has been established to determine whether there are systemic inequities impacting our non-union benefited faculty and staff salaries based on gender and underrepresented minority status.

Ensuring an equitable approach toward compensation is a principle that DU deeply embraces. While compensation is not the only driver for our employees, we know a fair and equitable framework by which compensation is set to be critically essential. As such, this study will be conducted in several phases, including the involvement of a third-party vendor, Gallagher, guided by an administrative team with input from a University advisory committee. Read more about the intent of the study, the community members involved and the expected timeline

Equity in Action

 Preferred Name, Personal Pronouns, and Gender Designation

Employers are increasingly evolving in their understanding of the importance of self-identity in the workplace. As a University Community, you have provided us with valuable input about how to improve our forms and records to be more inclusive. In response to your input and in conjunction with the University's diversity and inclusion goals connected to DU Impact 2025, we are pleased to inform you that PioneerWeb now provides you options for entering preferred names, personal pronouns, and gender designations that reflect your identity.

To get there, navigate to the Employee tab on PioneerWeb and then find the My Resources portal in the top left corner. Under My Resources, select the first option, My Personal Profile.

 October 24, 2018

Recent news coverage has implied that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may be leading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX. The proposal, as quoted from a leaked memo, defines sex as either male or female, and gender as something determined by a person's genitals at birth rather than on the gender a person identifies with. As part of this effort, HHS is calling for key government agencies to adopt a uniform definition of gender, "as determined on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable."

In light of this coverage, we wish to clarify that University of Denver's Equal Opportunity Policy and Procedures expressly prohibit harassment, discrimination or violence against any person on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. These protections extend to our transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming and intersex students, staff, faculty, alumni, visitors, and community members.

Additionally, DU complies with the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act's prohibition against harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex, which extends to sexual orientation and gender identity.

This development does not impact DU's commitment to create a safe and inclusive campus environment, nor its commitment to providing a thorough, prompt, and equitable response to allegations of harassment, discrimination or violence on the basis of gender identity or expression. DU was among the first higher education institutions to include both gender identity and gender expression in its non-discrimination policy and continues to prohibit harassment and discrimination against any person on the basis of sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. 

The suggested changes, even if not enacted, might raise concerns for our transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming and intersex community members, and reminds us of the vulnerability marginalized people experience on a regular basis. We encourage our community members to seek care and support whenever necessary through the other resources offered by the University.

If members of the community experience gender-based harassment or discrimination at any time, they are encouraged to contact the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, or the Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE).

August 31, 2018 - Procedures

The University's 2018-2019 Equal Opportunity & Title IX Procedures are updated and can be found here.

April 25, 2018 - All-Gender Restrooms

The University approved and adopted guidelines for all-gender restrooms, showers, and changing facilities in existing facilities, new construction, and renovations.  The guidelines can be found here.