Policy Prohibiting Gender-Based Discrimination,
Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence


History:
Amended by the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees on
August 29, 2014. See full history on page 4



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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
The Board of Trustees of the Colorado School of Mines (“the School” or “Mines”)
promulgates this policy pursuant to the authority conferred by §23-41-104(1), C.R.S.,
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., and its
implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106; Titles IV and VII of the Civil Rights Act of
1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000c and 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e) and relevant sections of the
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (42 U.S.C. §§ 14043e et seq.).
This policy supersedes the Board of Trustee’s Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment and
shall govern if any other Mines policy conflicts with this policy’s provisions. This policy
does not preclude application or enforcement of other Mines policies. Nothing in this
policy shall be construed to abridge academic freedom and inquiry, principles of free
speech or Mines’ educational purpose.

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POLICY
Mines prohibits gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment or any form of sexual
violence among the Mines campus community. Mines does not discriminate against any
person because of gender, gender identity or gender expression. Mines will not tolerate
any form of sexual harassment or sexual violence within the Mines campus community.
Mines will also not tolerate any form of retaliation against a community member for
reporting complaints, cooperating with investigations and proceedings related to such
complaints, or opposing gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual
violence. Accordingly, the Board of Trustees adopts this policy prohibiting gender-based
discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence.

In order to prevent incidents of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and
sexual violence, Mines will: (1) develop, administer, maintain and update procedures to
implement and resources to support this policy; (2) educate community members
regarding policies and procedures related to prevention, reporting and investigation of
gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence; (3) encourage
community members to report actual and potential incidents of gender-based
discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence; (4) take actions to prevent
incidents of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence from
denying or limiting a community member’s ability to participate in or benefit from Mines’
educational and work programs; (5) make available timely services and resources for
those who have been affected by gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and
sexual violence; (6) take actions to remedy any harm from incidents of gender-based
discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence; and (7) take actions to prevent
the recurrence of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Mines’ Unlawful Discrimination policy shall govern all other forms of harassment or
discrimination. No complainant shall be permitted to file a complaint under the Policy
Prohibiting Gender-Based Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence and
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Policy Prohibiting Gender-Based Discrimination,
Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence


History:
Amended by the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees on
August 29, 2014. See full history on page 4


any other Mines’ complaint or grievance policy or procedure when the complaint or
grievance arises out of an identical set of facts.

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DEFINITIONS:
Gender-based discrimination involves treating a Mines community member
unfavorably because of that person's gender, gender identity or gender expression. All
allegations involving gender-based discrimination will be governed by this policy and its
implementing procedures.
Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination. Sexual harassment, without
regard to the gender of the individuals involved, consists of unwelcome sexual
advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual
nature when: (1) either explicitly or implicitly, submission to such conduct is made a term
or condition of an individual's employment or educational endeavors; (2) submission to
or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment or educational
decisions; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with
an individual's work or academic performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or
offensive working or educational environment. All allegations involving sexual
harassment will be governed by this policy and its implementing procedures.

Sexual violence includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse and sexual
coercion. In some cases, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking may also be
forms of sexual violence. All allegations involving sexual violence will be governed by
this policy and its implementing procedures.

For a more detailed discussion of the terms defined above, please see the Gender-
Based Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Complaint, Investigation,
Resolution and Adjudication Procedure for Complaints Involving Student Behavior and
the Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Complaint,
Investigation, Resolution and Adjudication Procedure for Complaints Involving Employee
or Third-Party Behavior.

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PROHIBITION AGAINST RETALIATION
This policy prohibits retaliation against any individual for raising an allegation of gender-
based discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence, for cooperating in an
investigation or another proceeding related to such allegations, or for opposing gender-
based discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence. Complaints or instances of
retaliation shall be addressed as separate potential violations of this policy.

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SANCTIONS FOR VIOLATIONS
A violation of this policy may result in the imposition of sanctions. Sanctions may include,
but are not limited to, the following: mandatory attendance at gender-based
discrimination, sexual harassment and/or sexual violence awareness and prevention
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Policy Prohibiting Gender-Based Discrimination,
Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence


History:
Amended by the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees on
August 29, 2014. See full history on page 4


seminars; mandatory attendance at other training programs; oral reprimand and
warning; written reprimand and warning; student probation, suspension, or expulsion;
educational sanctions; restitution; suspension without pay; or termination of employment
or appointment.


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ENCOURAGEMENT OF REPORTING
Mines considers the health and safety of its community members to be of paramount
importance. Therefore, Mines encourages community members to report all concerns
regarding gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and/or sexual violence in
accordance with this policy and its procedures. There may be circumstances where
community members are hesitant to report prohibited conduct because they fear it may
result in other policy violations being discovered (such as drug use or underage alcohol
consumption). Community members should always consider the health and safety of
themselves and other Mines community members to be of primary concern and Mines
shall review, if necessary, any other policy violations separately from allegations raised
under this policy.

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IMPLEMENTATION
Mines’ Board of Trustees directs the President or President’s delegates to develop,
administer and maintain the appropriate administrative policies, procedures and
guidelines to implement this policy.

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RESOURCES
Contact for Complaints about Student Behavior:
• Rebecca Flintoft, Director of Auxiliary Services, Student Center, Room 218, 1200
16th Street Golden, Colorado 80401; Telephone - 303.273.3050; Email –
rflintof@mines.edu
• Brent Waller, Director of Residence Life and Housing, 1733 Maple Street,
Golden, Colorado 80401; Telephone - 303.273.3046; Email –
bwaller@mines.edu

Policies and Procedures for Complaints regarding Student Behavior:
• Notice of Nondiscrimination
• Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Complaint,
Investigation, Resolution and Adjudication Procedure for Complaints Involving
Student Behavior
• Procedures and Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault or Other Sexual
Violence

Contact for Complaints about Employee or Third Party Behavior:
• Mike Dougherty, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Guggenheim
Hall, 1500 Illinois Street, Room 110, Golden, CO 804021; Telephone -
303.273.3250; Email – mdougher@mines.edu
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Policy Prohibiting Gender-Based Discrimination,
Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence


History:
Amended by the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees on
August 29, 2014. See full history on page 4


• Veronica Graves, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Guggenheim Hall,
1500 Illinois Street, Room 110, Golden, CO 804021; Telephone - 303.273.3250;
Email – vgraves@mines.edu
• Karin Ranta-Curran, Assistant Director for Human Resources, Guggenheim Hall,
1500 Illinois Street, Room XXX, Golden, CO 804021, Telephone - 303.384.2558;
Email - krcurran@mines.edu

Policies and Procedures for Complaints regarding Employee or Third-Party Behavior:
• Notice of Nondiscrimination
• Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Discrimination Complaint,
Investigation and Resolution Procedure for Complaints Involving Employee or
Third-Party Behavior
• Procedures and Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault or Other Sexual
Violence
Title IX Coordinator:
• Karin Ranta-Curran, Assistant Director for Human Resources, Guggenheim Hall,
1500 Illinois Street, Room XXX, Golden, CO 804021, Telephone - 303.384.2558;
Email - krcurran@mines.edu

Other Relevant Policies:
• Unlawful Discrimination policy
• Workplace Violence policy
• Personal Relationships policy

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HISTORY
Promulgated by the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees on March 13, 1992.
Amended by the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees on March 26, 1998.
Amended by the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees on June 10, 1999.
Amended by the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees on June 22, 2000.
Amended by the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees on June 7, 2003.
Amended by the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees on December 15, 2011.
Amended by the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees on August 29, 2014.
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