A complainant has the right to request confidentiality when reporting discrimination or sexual misconduct to the University. The complainant also has the right to request that the University not investigate an incident that has been reported. Confidential resources are available to provide options and assist individuals with making an informed decision about reporting.
If discrimination or sexual misconduct occurs, Regis University encourages those affected to take action. If the complainant of such conduct chooses not to report, or requests confidentiality and/or anonymity, that individual must be aware that this choice could limit the University’s ability to respond and the outcome.
In limited cases, if a recipient of discrimination and/or sexual misconduct chooses to report confidentially or asks that no further action is taken, an investigation may still be initiated if there is cause for concern for the complainant’s safety or the safety of others or if the alleged conduct is occurring in an employment setting. The EO & Title IX Coordinator and/or a representative from the EO & Title IX Office, often in consultation with a representative from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and other University officials with a need to know, evaluates requests for confidentiality and determines whether the University will proceed with an investigation. Factors to be considered to decide whether to proceed with an investigation typically include, but are not limited to:
1) whether there is an increased risk of the respondent committing additional acts of sexual misconduct or other violence;
2) whether information received indicates a pattern of behavior, such as two or more reports of discrimination or sexual misconduct under similar circumstances;
3) whether a weapon, physical violence or a drug was allegedly used to commit, or intend to commit, sexual misconduct or other violence; and
4) an employee is the complainant.
Disclosures of discrimination, sexual misconduct, or bias incidents made during Social Justice Week events, a Take Back the Night rally, or similar events are not required to be reported. In addition, prior life disclosures made in the course of a student’s academic work that does not involve accusations against a Regis community member and that took place prior to the student’s enrollment at Regis, are not required to be reported.
Anonymous Reports of Discrimination and/or Sexual Misconduct
Anonymous reports of incidents involving students and employees may be made through the University’s online reporting form located on the EO & Title IX webpage under Reporting Options. Anonymous reports may also be made through the Office of Counseling and Personal Development at 303.458.3507 when incidents involve students, or to Human Resources via email,
firstname.lastname@example.org, when incidents involve employees. Anonymous reports are not intended for the use of responsible employees to fulfill their obligation to report, unless the responsible employee is the complainant.