January 31, 2019

The University of Colorado on Wednesday submitted comments and questions on behalf of its four campuses to the U.S. Department of Education in response to its revisions to proposed Title IX guidelines.

The department provided a two-month public comment period, which ended Jan. 30, regarding the proposed new rules for how campuses handle cases of sexual assault. The department has not determined when any changes may go into effect.

A CU systemwide committee led by CU Vice President and University Counsel Patrick O’Rourke reviewed the proposed rules and feedback and ultimately recommended the comment and questions that were adopted and submitted on behalf of University President Bruce Benson.

According to O’Rourke, the questions and comments are intended to help determine how to interpret and implement some key points if the proposed rules were to be adopted in their existing form.

A statement issued by the Office of the President noted that “CU is committed to creating campus communities where students, faculty and staff can study, live, learn and work without discrimination, including sexual and gender-based harassment and assault. We are committed to preventing sexual harassment and assault, providing fair and effective processes for addressing misconduct when it occurs, and promoting a culture of respect and inclusion where all members of the university community can reach their highest potential.”

At CU Denver, we remain steadfast in our shared responsibility to create and maintain an environment that is welcoming, safe and inclusive for everyone. We will keep you updated, as appropriate, on any federal policy decisions that could impact our campus community.

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