Discussing an Incident with a University Counselor

Occasionally, victims of crime wish to discuss a crime or other incident but do not want to give their name and/or do not want to pursue action through the criminal justice or university judicial systems. A victim can confidentially discuss a crime or incident with a mental health clinician on campus. University "mental health clinicians", when acting as such, are not considered to be a campus security authority and are not required to report these crimes for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics. A Professional Counselor is a person whose official  responsibilities include providing mental health counseling to members of the institution’s community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification. At this time, UCCS does not employ pastoral counselors.

Mental health clinicians, if and when they deem it appropriate, are encouraged by UCCS PD to inform the persons they are counseling of the procedures to report a crime to the University Police. However, it is made clear to the student that the final decision to report or not report is left up to the student.

A summary of the student issues that the University Counseling Center works with each year is recorded in a Counseling Center annual report. This data is summarized by diagnoses and no names are attached to the data. The Counseling Center report does not distinguish events that occurred in the past year from events that occurred at any time in the student’s past, and it does not distinguish reported events from non-reported events.

Statement Addressing Disclosures to Alleged Victims of Crimes of Violence or Non-Forcible Sex Offenses

Since January of 1993, victims of "crimes against persons" in Colorado are afforded specific rights pursuant to the Victim Rights Act (VRA). The VRA provides victims with a more active role in the criminal justice process in an attempt to balance the historically inequitable scales of justice. Below is the list of crimes covered by the Victim Rights Act.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of the following types of crimes in the State of Colorado, your right to be informed and to participate in critical stages of the criminal justice process related to the crime is guaranteed by the Colorado Constitution. This page will assist you if you are a victim of a crime in the City of Colorado Springs and the State of Colorado, by providing you with some information that may be helpful to you during your time of need.

Crimes Covered Under the Victims' Rights Act

  • Murder, Manslaughter
  • Criminally negligent homicide and vehicular homicide
  • Assault - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • Robbery - aggravated, aggravated of a controlled substance
  • Menacing
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual Assault - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, on a child, on a child by one in position of trust, on a client by a psychotherapist
  • Incest
  • Child abuse
  • Sexual exploitation of children
  • Crimes (VRA) against at-risk adults or at-risk juveniles
  • Crimes for which the underlying foundation has been determined to be domestic violence
  • Careless driving resulting in death
  • Failure to stop at the scene of an accident involving a death
  • Harassment by stalking
  • Ethnic intimidation
  • Any criminal attempt, conspiracy, criminal solicitation, or accessory involving any of the crimes stated above
  • Violation of a protection order against a person charged with committing sexual assault
  • Indecent exposure
  • Intimidating a victim or a witness
  • Tampering with a witness or victim

The Federal Campus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights 

  • Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
  • Accuser and accused must have the same opportunity to have others present.
  • Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding.
  • Survivors shall be notified of counseling services.
  • Survivors shall be notified of options for changing academic and living situations.

UCCS provides support for victims of crime. Therefore, do not hesitate to report a crime including incidents of sexual assault and ethnic, racial, or sexual harassment. As a crime victim, you can obtain assistance on campus as well as within the Colorado Springs community. See the Campus and Community Resource Directory in the back of this booklet for other organizations that provide services to victims of crime.

UCCS will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence (as that term is defined in section 16 of title 18, United States Code), or a non-forcible sex offense, the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the University against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, UCCS will provide the results of the disciplinary proceeding to the victim’s next of kin, if so requested.

The UCCS campus community has the right to live without fear of becoming a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault. In accordance with this principle, UCCS prohibits any act of interpersonal violence or sexual misconduct.