UCCS and Colorado LGBT+ Policies

UCCS Non Discrimination Policy

"The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities." 

Title IX 

Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities.  UCCS has a variety of responsibilities under Title IX.

UCCS is committed to providing an environment where all individuals are free from unlawful discrimination and harassment, and therefore prohibits any of the following collectively referred to as "sexual misconduct," and further defined below: 1.Sexual assault - non-consensual sexual intercourse; 2.Sexual assault - non-consensual sexual contact; 3.Sexual exploitation; 4.Intimate partner abuse (including domestic or dating violence); 5.Gender/sex-based stalking; 6.Sexual harassment; and 7.Retaliation as related to any form of sexual misconduct.  

This prohibition applies to all students, faculty, staff, contractors, patients, volunteers, affiliated entities and other third parties, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity.

Any concerns regarding discrimination on campus should be reported to the Office of Institutional Equity
 

Colorado LGBT+ Supportive Policies

Colorado Hate Crimes Law The Colorado Hate Crimes Law was recently expanded to include sexual orientation and transgender status. This law covers harassment or intent to intimidate based on a person's actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. This law covers more than physical violence toward another person. Physical threats in the form of words, action, or damage to property can be constituted as a hate crime. (From One Colorado)                

Colorado Employment Non Discrimination In May 2007, Governor Bill Ritter signed the expanded Employment Nondiscrimination Act to add protection for sexual orientation, including transgender status. This expanded law defines sexual orientation as heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgender status. Under this Colorado Law, it is illegal to consider sexual orientation or gender identity when making employment-related decisions, including hiring, firing, or any-time inquiries about an employee's sexual orientation or gender identity. This law applies to all employers, employment agencies, labor organizations, on-the-job training, and vocational training programs and schools. (From One Colorado)

Colorado Public Accommodations and Housing In May 2008, Governor Bill Ritter signed the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act to add protections for LGBT people in public accommodations (i.e., restaurants and hotels) and housing. A public accommodation is defined as an entity that offers sales or services of any kind to the public: businesses, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, clinics, and health clubs. Under this law, LGBT Coloradans are protected by ensuring landlords and housing entities as well as public accommodations use inclusive business practices. For Coloradans, this means all people now have equal access to sales, services, and housing. (From One Colorado) 

Second Parent Adoption In 2007, Governor Ritter signed a bill into law that allows unmarried couples to adopt each other's children. This law also affords same-sex couples the opportunity to jointly accept the legal rights of being a parent. Under this law, children of LGBT couples will now have two legal parents. (From One Colorado)