Accommodations and Protective Measures against Interpersonal Violence
Whether or not a report is made to law enforcement or the victim wishes to pursue any formal action through CSU, if a report of an incident of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking is received, CSU is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment.
CSU prohibits interpersonal violence and has strong policies and procedures for responding to these incidents.
Student accommodations and protective interim measures
Following an alleged offense of interpersonal violence, CSU will comply with a student’s reasonable requests for living or academic changes, which may include providing options for an alternate residence, changes to class schedules or coordinating academic adjustments, assisting with transportation or employment needs. In addition, during the investigation and disciplinary process, protective interim measures may be required of the responding party (the student accused of interpersonal violence behaviors). Protective interim measures, which are temporary, may include:
- Interim no-contact order: The accused student (also referred to as the responding student) is prohibited from having any contact with specifically identified individuals up to and through a student conduct hearing. This may prohibit a student from attending specific events, activities or classes.
- Interim trespass order: The responding student is prohibited from being in or around specifically identified locations, events, activities or classes up to and through a student conduct hearing.
- Interim residential relocation: The responding student is prohibited from residing, dining, or being around specifically identified university housing up to and through a student conduct hearing. If this interim measure is required, the responding student will be provided temporary university housing and access to university dining.
- Interim residential suspension: The responding student is prohibited from residing, dining, or being around university housing up to and through a student conduct hearing, if required. The student does not lose other university privileges and may attend classes.
- Interim university suspension: The responding student is denied access to campus, classes, and university activities and privileges up to and through a student conduct hearing, if required.
The victim also will be referred to legal resources for assistance in obtaining court-ordered protection. Students may contact the Women and Gender Advocacy Center for assistance (970-491-6384, www.wgac.colostate.edu).
Measures taken to protect a student will be determined by university officials after reviewing available evidence and discussing the matter with the parties involved, with the goal of minimizing the burden on the victim. Decisions on university housing relocations will be made by the Executive Director of Housing & Dining Services or designee, together with the executive director of Support & Safety Assessment and Title IX Programs or designee, and any other appropriate university officials.
Factors that might be considered during this process include, but are not limited to:
- Specific needs expressed by the victim (impacted party)
- Ages of the students involved
- Severity or pervasiveness of the allegations
- Any continuing effects on the impacted party
- Whether the impacted party and responding party share the same residence hall, dining hall, class, transportation or job location
- Whether other judicial measures have been taken to protect the impacted party, such as a restraining order from the court
If a report is made to law enforcement, police will refer students or employees to resources that may help with restraining orders from the courts and university-issued no-contact orders from Student Conduct Services. A restraining order issued through the courts legally prohibits the suspect from direct or indirect verbal, physical or written contact with the complainant. Even if no report is made to police, Student Conduct Services may also issue a university no-contact order applicable on all university-owned and -controlled property.
Employee protective interim measures
Employees of CSU who are victims of crime will also receive information regarding protective interim measures that CSU may take to protect and aid the employee, by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity (970-491-5836, https://oeo.colostate.edu/). Additional resources may be also be available through the Employee Assistance Program (1-800-497-9133, https://ombuds.colostate.edu/).
Protective measures available to employees may include no contact orders, removal from environment, administrative leave, reassignment of physical space, change in job duties, and removal of supervision.
Educational Programs to Prevent Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking
CSU is committed to preventing interpersonal violence, and increasing awareness of interpersonal violence, as well as being a thought-leader in helping other communities prevent interpersonal violence. Educational programs include:
- New students are required to complete the university’s online sexual assault awareness and prevention program, which educates students on issues associated with sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Students learn about consent, including how alcohol and drugs impair a person’s ability to give or receive consent, as well as how to help a friend, and how to intervene in a situation that might escalate to sexual assault.
- All incoming students and new employees are provided with education regarding interpersonal violence. This includes education about prevention, and the fact that the institution prohibits sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in its policies. Descriptions of these programs may be found on the Women and Gender Advocacy website at http://www.wgac.colostate.edu/.
- CSU works to educate the campus community about interpersonal violence in an effort to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking before it occurs through the changing of social norms, risk reduction strategies and other approaches. The Women and Gender Advocacy Center reports that in 2018, Women and Gender Advocacy Center provided 223 educational programs or presentations that reached 5,526 students.
- Examples of these prevention programs and outreach are:
- An online sexual assault awareness and prevention education program required of all incoming students
- An online sexual harassment training is required of all employees
- New employee orientation with interpersonal violence information and training
- The Reframe campaign regarding interpersonal violence, consent and intervention, the details of which may be found online at https://reframe.colostate.edu/
- Information is also provided to all CSU employees in the Red Folder for campus safety
- Posters about resources in all restrooms on campus (other campaigns are typically not allowed to post information in campus restrooms)
- Regular safety messaging about sexual assault from the Public Safety Team
- Bystander intervention training in the Women and Gender Advocacy Center’s Supporting Survivors program. A full description of what this training entails is available online at http://www.wgac.colostate.edu/bystander-intervention. This program includes learning about safe and positive options for bystander intervention
- The Red Whistle Brigade – students are trained to provide sexual assault education programs to their peers through a course offered every fall and spring semester
- CSU is a recognized city of Fort Collins partner, the first municipality in the nation to become an “It’s On Us” city, committed to preventing, reducing and understanding incidents of interpersonal violence.