Sexual Harassment

Pikes Peak Community College is firmly committed to maintaining a work and learning environment where students, faculty, and staff are treated with dignity and respect. Sexual harassment and acts of discrimination are illegal, often demeaning for the individual student or employee, and can disrupt the College’s positive learning and working environment. As such, all members of the College community have a responsibility to be aware of what behaviors constitute sexual harassment, to be responsible for their own actions, and to help create an environment free of sexual harassment.

Pikes Peak Community College defines sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when one or more of the following criteria are met:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or of academic status in a course, program, or activity.
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment or academic educational decisions affecting such individual.
  • Such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive so as to have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work and/or academic educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work and/or learning environment.

Furthermore, retaliation against any person for filing a complaint, participating in, or cooperating in an investigation is prohibited.

If you believe that you have been sexually harassed or that you have been retaliated against by anyone in your work and/or academic activities at Pikes Peak Community College, you should report this conduct immediately so that an inquiry into your complaint may commence without delay. You may report this conduct to an officer of the College, instructional dean, division/department director, or a Human Resource Services representative. Substantiated complaints may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the College.

The College has designated the Executive Director of Human Resource Services as its Equal Opportunity Education/Employment Compliance Officer. Inquiries and/or complaints may be referred to the Human Resource Services office by e-mail, hrs@ppcc.edu, or by calling 719-502-2600. The EEO Compliance Officer or designate will investigate all credible allegations of sexual harassment in a timely manner and in accordance with its official complaint investigation procedure.

Complaints may also be referred to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 Speer Boulevard, Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Bldg., Suite 310, Denver, Colorado 80204, 303-844-5695.