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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination on the basis of sex. People are protected from being excluded from participation in, being denied the benefits of, or being subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design College is committed to providing equal access to educational and employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, familial status, spousal affiliation, medical condition, military veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including admissions and employment, as required by Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106.


The College will promptly respond to and equitably investigate complaints regarding prohibited conduct that may violate this policy in order to eliminate, prevent, and remedy the adverse effects of such conduct within College-related programs or activities.

Prohibited conduct defined in the Sexual Harassment Policy and Grievance Procedures can be committed by any individual, regardless of their gender. Prohibited conduct can occur between individuals of the same gender or different genders. It can occur between strangers or acquaintances, as well as people involved in intimate or sexual relationships. When the College determines whether alleged conduct violates this policy, it will consider all of the facts and circumstances involved in the incident, including the nature of the alleged conduct and the context in which it occurred.

  • Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a violation of Title IX and will not be tolerated at the College.

Sexual harassment means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

  1. An employee of the College conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the College on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;
  2. Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the College’s education program or activity. An example, may include, but is not limited to, unwelcome sex or gender-based jokes or comments, which are made in-person or conveyed electronically.

Sexual Harassment is deemed especially serious when submission to or rejection of such conduct is made implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of instruction, employment, or participation in any College program or activity; or submission to or rejection of these behaviors by an individual is used as a basis for evaluation in making academic or personnel decisions. 

  • Sexual assault/rape, which means a forcible or nonforcible sex offense under the uniform crime reporting system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
  • Dating violence, which means violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social romantic relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the Complainant. The existence of such relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors; the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship; 
  • Domestic violence, which means felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the Complainant by a person with whom the Complainant shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the Complainant as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the Complainant under the domestic violence or family violence laws of the state of Colorado or by any other person against an adult or youth Complainant who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the state of Colorado.
  • Stalking, which means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.

The Sexual Harassment Policy and Grievance Procedures governs the conduct of students, faculty, and staff, who are members of the College community. Sexual harassment complaints must include conduct that occurred within the context of the College’s educational programs or activities and within the United States. This may extend to certain off-campus locations, where the College has substantial control over the parties, such as College-recognized activities and College-sponsored academic conferences. The College has an obligation to dismiss sexual harassment claims under this policy when the claim does not meet the definition of sexual harassment provided herein, or in circumstances where no formal, written complaint is made, or when the conduct occurred outside of this policy’s stated jurisdiction. However, this does not prevent the College from taking action to address sex discrimination conduct. The College will take all complaints of misconduct and discrimination seriously and investigate the matter, which may occur through the College’s Discrimination Grievance/Complaint Procedures.

The College’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Compliance serves as the institution’s Title IX Coordinator and coordinates the College’s compliance with Title IX. All reports of potential violations of this policy should be made to the College’s Title IX Coordinator.

The Title IX Coordinator’s contact information is as follows:

Neely Patton
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Title IX Coordinator
1600 Pierce St.
Lakewood, CO 80214

All members of the Title IX Team receive Title IX training, including information on this policy, the definition of sexual harassment, the investigation and grievance process, and how to serve as an impartial member in the Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedures.

Inquiries regarding the application of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design College’s Title IX Policy may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights’ contact information is as follows: 

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson
Department of Education Building
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100

OCR Email:
OCR Hotline: (800) 421-3481

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design’s Title IX Coordinator(s) and those involved in the Sexual Harassment Policy and Grievance Procedures have received training for their roles. The training materials are provided here.

The Blue Bench (Formerly RAAP)
Hotline: 303-322-7273
Spanish: 303-329-0031
TTY: 303-329-0023
Located in Denver. Counties served include: Denver, Jefferson, Douglas, Adams, Araphaoe, Elbert, Broomfield, Gilpin and Lincoln.

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)
1330 Fox Street, Suite 2
PO Box 40350
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303.839.9999

National Sexual Assault Hotline
Phone: 1.800.656.HOPE

Start Your Recovery: Substance Abuse Resources & Support

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 1-800-799-7233 

Live Another Day 
Phone: 1-877-596-6866 

Employee Assistance Program
(for employees of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design College)
ACI Specialty Benefits
Toll Free: 855-RSL-HELP (855-775-4357)

Detox Local
Phone: 1-866-640-2212

Southeast Addiction Center 
Phone: (615) 326-6449
For additional resources, please read 50 Addiction & Mental Health Resources For Black Men

Louisville Addiction Center
Phone: 502-586-4554
For additional resources, please read 32 Addiction & Mental Health Resources For BIPOC Parents.

Prevail Recovery Center
Phone: 1-866-441-2455
For additional resources, please read Black LGBTQ+ Addiction and Mental Health Support.

Centric Behavioral Health
Phone: (844) 233-8205
For additional resources, please read AAPI LGBTQ+ Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Support

The mission of the RMCAD CARE (Communication, Assessment, Response and Evaluation) Team is awareness and proactive intervention of issues relating to the safety, physical and mental health, and well-being of its campus communities

The CARE Team has adopted a caring and confidential program of identification, intervention, and response in order to provide students and staff with the greatest opportunity for success and the RMCAD community with the greatest level of protection.

Click here to learn more about the RMCAD CARE Team in the Safety section of our Catalog.

The Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design “2021 Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report” is required by federal law. The reports contain policy statements, crime statistics, and safety information compiled by the college. View Report

RMCAD forbids and will not tolerate or condone any threatening, intimidating, coercive, or reckless conduct by members of the RMCAD community.  

Possession and/or use of firearms, explosives, illegal weapons as defined under state law, air or pellet guns, paintball guns, slingshots, firecrackers, fireworks, or any other object, chemical, or weapon designed or intended to inflict a wound or cause injury (or imitations or replicas of any such item) is prohibited on RMCAD property, including parking lots. This includes concealed weapons for which a permit has been obtained.

We strive to keep our campus as safe and secure as possible. However, it is important for individuals to be prepared for emergency situations. In the event of an active shooter, the “Run, Fight, Hide” method is suggested by the Department of Homeland Security. Watch the video below to familiarize yourself with this method and prepare.

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