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How to Report a Sexual Assault

Colorado College encourages students to report sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and other forms of sexual violence.  Under CC's Gender-Based Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence Policy, and the general Anti-Discrimination Policy, students have three paths or options to pursue, all of which can be done at different times or concurrently. You can speak confidentially to the CC Sexual Assault Response Coordinator about all of these options, which include:

  • Confidential Support Systems: At CC, confidential means any information given to a confidential resource will not be shared with the school or anyone else. The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, campus Chaplains, counselors, and START (Student Title IX Assistance and Resource Team) group members provide clear information, options, and confidential support to assist students in making decisions about filing a formal complaint/charges and seeking medical care or counseling.  These resources can also assist students in managing the impact of misconduct on their academic and social functioning.
    • Confidential Resources
      Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (Anna Thompson) (M-F 9-5) (719) 227-8101
      SARC 24/7 Advocate On-Call (719) 602-0960
      Counseling Center (719) 389-6093
                 Counseling Center After Hours (PROTOCALL)    Press 2
      Chaplains (719) 389-6639
      Student Title IX Assistance and Resource Team (START) start@coloradocollege.edu
  • Formal College Discipline System: It is important to note that college employees who are not confidential resources are mandated reporters, meaning any specific information they receive regarding a possible violation of the gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence policy must be passed along to the Title IX Coordinator. Mandated reporters include faculty, staff, coaches, RAs, and any other college employee.  

    An internal administrative process determines whether violations of the Colorado College Code of Student Conduct have occurred. The SARC can assist people in filing formal reports, which go in writing to the Title IX coordinator or Title IX deputies. Reporting parties and responding parties are provided with process advisors to assist them throughout the formal process. Once a formal report is filed, the matter goes to two specially trained investigators who investigate the allegations, make a determination of responsibility, and recommend sanctions.  Both reporting parties and responding parties are informed of the outcome. Appeals of the investigative and/or adjudication process are granted on a limited basis. Sanctions can include education/training, warnings, probation, suspension, and dismissal from the college.

  • Formal Legal System: Colorado College encourages students to report sexual assaults, intimate partner violence and stalking to the local police.  The SARC, Campus Safety, or other campus resources can arrange a meeting place for your initial contact with the police. Students can request that a representative of the college accompany them in making a police report. View this Campus Safety page for more information on reporting crimes.

Colorado College is committed to responding to incidents of sexual violence, harassment, and gender or sexuality bias incidents in order to eliminate any hostile environment, prevent recurrence of sexual violence and address its effects.  Students can seek resources to ameliorate the impact of these kinds of experiences on their educational experience through the confidential support systems outlined above. Additionally, if students feel dissatisfied with the college’s efforts in this regard, they can contact the college’s Title IX coordinator, to seek appropriate remedies and/or to file a grievance.  The Title IX coordinator is Gail Murphy-Geiss (Office: Palmer 131A. Phone: (719) 389-6868. E-mail: gmurphygeiss@coloradocollege.edu).