Title IX - Student Protections Against Gender Discrimination

Enacted in 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational settings. The Colorado Department of Higher Education is committed to supporting institutions as they work to provide safe learning environments free of gender-based discrimination, violence and harassment.

Each institution's Title IX office addresses the following forms of discrimination:

  • Gender-based discrimination
  • Discrimination against pregnant and parenting students
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual violence (including rape or sexual assault, stalking, voyeurism, exhibitionism, verbal or physical sexuality-based threats or abuse, and intimate partner violence)

Colorado Sexual Misconduct Advisory Committee

In 2019, the Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 19-007, which among several provisions, created the Sexual Misconduct Advisory Committee. Members of the committee are appointed by the executive director of the Department of Higher Education.

The advisory committee was created to quickly make recommendations to the General Assembly and institutions of higher education on the proposed rules on Title IX dealing with sexual misconduct coming from the federal Department of Education in 2018. The recommendations will include policies and methods to reduce sexual misconduct at institutions. The committee will meet within 90 days after the final federal rules on Title IX sexual misconduct are adopted and submit a report to the Education Committees of the Colorado Senate and House on January 15, 2021 and each year after until sunset review in 2023.

To apply to join the committee, please fill out this form by 5 p.m. Aug. 30, 2019. The executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education will select committee members whose experience aligns with one or more of the following roles:

  • A representative from an institution of higher education
  • A Title IX coordinator from an insitution of higher education
  • A representative from an organization that advocates on behalf of or provides services to victims of sexual misconduct
  • An attorney who has experience representing victims of sexual misconduct on college campuses
  • An attorney who has experience representing persons accused of sexual misconduct at institutions of higher education
  • A person who has experience providing trauma-informed care.

Federal Action Regarding Title IX Rules

On Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, the U.S. Deparment of Education announced a new, proposed Title IX rule related to campus sexual misconduct after previously rescinding 2011 Obama administration guidance. The Department’s proposed Title IX rule was open for public comment for 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. States are currently waiting for guidance on the proposed rule changes.