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Sexual Assault

Zero Tolerance for Sexual Misconduct

CSU-Pueblo Sexual Assault Policy Statement

All members of the University community, and their guests, have the right to be free from unwanted sexual contact, coercion, abuse, violence, threats of violence, and harassment. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. When the allegation of sexual misconduct is brought forward, the University has a duty to investigate the matter and take appropriate action. Anyone found to have committed sexual misconduct will face immediate and appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the University.

The CSU-Pueblo Sexual Misconduct Policy affirms these principles and provides recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. The complete policy may be accessed on the policy website.

Students found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct will be sanctioned by the University. If a student has violated a State of Colorado law, the student may also face civil charges.

What is Sexual Misconduct?

Sexual misconduct includes any behavior of a sexual nature that infringes upon the rights of any individual to pursue their educational goals in an environment free from violence, intimidation, and /or harassment. This includes but is not limited to, sexual assault, rape, other forms of non-consensual sexual contact, sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation.


    Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse:

    Non-consensual sexual intercourse is defined as vaginal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger, anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger, or oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact), however slight, with any object, by a person upon any other person, without consent.

    Non-Consensual Sexual Activity:

    Non-consensual sexual activity is defined as intentional contact with the breasts, buttock, groin, or genitals, or touching someone else with any of these body parts, or making another touch themselves or someone else with or on any of these body parts, or any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner, though not involving contact with/of/by breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth or other orifice, however slight, with any object, by any person upon any person, without consent.

    "Quid Pro Quo" Sexual Harassment:

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature by one in a position of power or influence constitutes "quid pro quo" sexual harassment when 1) submission by an individual is made either an explicit or implicit term or condition of academic standing or of employment or 2) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that student or employee. As defined here, "quid pro quo" sexual harassment normally arises in the context of an authority relationship. This relationship may be direct, as in the case of a supervisor and subordinate teacher or student, or it may be indirect when the harasser has the power to influence others who have authority over the victim.

    "Hostile Environment" Sexual Harassment:

    Unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute "hostile environment" sexual harassment when such conduct is directed toward an individual because of his or her gender, is severe or pervasive, and has the purpose or effect of 1) creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic or work environment or 2) unreasonably interfering with another's academic performance or work. Generally, a single inappropriate joke, offensive epithet, or request for a date does not constitute "hostile environment" sexual harassment; however, being subjected to such jokes, epithets, or requests repeatedly may constitute "hostile environment" sexual harassment. In determining whether the alleged sexual harassing conduct warrants corrective action, all relevant circumstances, including the context in which the conduct occurred, will be considered. Facts will be determined on the basis of what is reasonable to persons of ordinary sensitivity and not on the particular sensitivity or reaction of an individual.

    Sexual Exploitation:

    Sexual exploitation occurs when a student takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other then the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to: Prostituting another student; non-consensual viewing of sexual activity, including but not limited to, hiding in a closet, making a photographic, video, or audio recording, and /or peering into an area where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, knowingly transmitting an STI or HIV to another student.

What to do if you are a victim of Sexual Harassment or Assault (student, faculty,and staff)

If you have been sexually assaulted, you should immediately report the incident to the CSU-Pueblo Title IX Coordinator. He will 1) take steps to ensure a safe environment for the student; 2) provide support, information and guidance; provide information regarding community and campus resources; 3) coordinate services available to the victim; and 4) serve as an ongoing point of contact for the student. You may also report directly to the CSU-Pueblo Sheriff's Office 719.583.6250.

What to do if you are a victim of Sexual Harassment (student, faculty, and staff)

If you have been sexually harassed, you are encouraged to file the report as soon as possible with the Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator who will receive your report and will implement a review and/or investigation of the incident/ allegation.

Please contact:

Joshua Ernst
Director of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator
Phone: 719.549.2210
After hours/emergencies: 719.549.2373
Room 304 Administration Building

Confidential Services

The mission of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Student Counseling Center is to provide a professional and confidential setting that meets the psychological, emotional, and developmental needs of students as they pursue their academic goals.
Student Health Services is here to help each student achieve maximum physical health so that each may participate fully in the educational and personal growth opportunities offered by the University.
Pueblo Rape Crisis Services mission is to empower sexual assault survivors by providing emotional support, victim advocacy, crisis intervention, and education in order to facilitate and nurture the healing process.


Help is Available:

  • Emergency-911
  • Campus Sexual Assault Response Coordinator-719.549.2223
  • University Counseling Center-719.549.2830
  • University Health Center -719.549.2830
  • Pueblo Rape Crisis Center-719.549.0549
  • Parkview Medical Center Emergency-719.584.4400
  • CSU-Pueblo Sheriff's Office-719.583.6250
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline-800.656.4673

Reduce your risk for Sexual Assault

  • Know and communicate your limits firmly and directly.
  • Stay in a group. Don't be alone with someone you don't know or trust.
  • Limit alcohol intake. Never leave a drink unattended or accept drinks from strangers.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.

Did You Know?

  • You can help: Get involved if you see someone at risk (male or female).Don't look the other way.
  • There are many ways someone can communicate refusal. Pay attention to words and body language.
  • Having sex with someone who is drunk is sexual assault even if you have been drinking as well.
  • Men may also be victims of sexual assault

Spring 2022 Registration is Open

To register for Spring 2022 courses, students will need to meet with their academic success coach or faculty mentor, submit proof of vaccination or exemption, and self-register through Banner.

Registration Requirements

Submit Proof of Vaccination or Exemption

CARES Funding

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CARES Funding is available for eligible students to help pay for cost of attendance needs such as food, housing, childcare, health care, course materials, technology, tuition assistance, and other critical needs.

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