Colorado law requires employers to permit an employee to take up to three working days of leave from work in any 12-month period, with or without pay if the employee is a victim of domestic abuse, stalking, sexual assault, or any other crime having an underlying factual basis of domestic violence. The college has an obligation under this statute to keep all information related to this leave confidential.
All financial and administrative policies involving community members across campus are within the scope of this policy. If there is variance between departmental expectations and the common approach described through college policy, the college will look to the campus community to support the spirit and the objectives of college policy.
An employee must have been employed by Colorado College for at least 12 months preceding the commencement of the leave. Upon reasonable advance notice (except in cases of imminent danger to the health or safety of an employee), an employee may take up to three working days of leave from work in any 12-month period. This leave is unpaid although an employee may use sick, vacation, or personal time for the leave. This leave applies to employees who are the victims of the following statutorily defined events:
- Domestic violence or abuse
- Sexual assault
- A crime found by a court on the record to include an act of domestic violence.
The employee must use the leave from work to protect himself or herself by:
- Seeking services from a domestic violence shelter, program, or rape crisis center as a result of domestic violence
- Seeking a civil protection order to prevent domestic abuse
- Obtaining medical care or mental health counseling for himself or herself, or for his or her children, to address physical or psychological injuries resulting from the act of domestic abuse, stalking, sexual assault or other crime involving domestic violence
- Making his or her home secure from the perpetrator or seeking new housing to escape the perpetrator
- Seeking legal assistance, attending, and preparing for court-related proceedings arising from domestic violence acts
Employees must contact Human Resources to request a domestic violence leave. The following documentation shall serve as certification for consideration of domestic violence leave:
- A police report stating that the employee was a victim of domestic violence
- A court order protecting or separating the employee from the perpetrator of an act of domestic violence, or other evidence from the court or prosecuting attorney that the employee appeared in court
- Documentation from a medical professional, domestic violence advocate, health care provider, or counselor that the employee was undergoing treatment for physical or mental injuries or abuse resulting in victimization from an act of domestic violence. The college will make reasonable efforts to maintain the confidentiality of all information related to an employee’s leave pursuant to this policy.
Duration of leave
Leave under this policy shall not exceed three days in a 12-month period. The 12-month period will be measured forward from the date the first domestic violence leave begins.
An employee must first use available sick, vacation or personal time. If the employee has no paid leave available or if the employee does not wish to use his or her available paid leave, eligible employees may take domestic abuse leave unpaid.