Report to the Office for Institutional Equity
If you have questions regarding Mines’ reporting, please contact our office.
Discriminatory Harassment, Bias and Retaliation
What is Mandatory Reporting?
The Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) utilizes fair and unbiased processes for addressing reports of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, based on a protected class, and related retaliation for both students and employees The purpose of reporting is to ensure safety and prevent further harm, offer supportive measures, resources, understand the scope of the problem and determine options for resolution.
Who is a Mandatory Reporter?
Unless otherwise specified, if you are a Mines employee or a student employee*, you are considered a mandatory reporter. According to Mines policy, it is your responsibility to promptly report any instances of sexual misconduct, discriminatory harassment, bias, or retaliation. This ensures that appropriate actions can be taken to address and resolve these issues. If you are unsure if a situation requires reporting, we always suggest that you report to be on the safe side and the OIE team will respond to the issue and provide resources and options to the impacted party.
Failure to report can result in sanctions for employees who do not report.
*Student employees are mandatory reporters only when they are working, not at other times.
Why is Mandatory Reporting so Important?
When you do not report, you take options and resources away from the person sharing their situation with you.
OIE staff are trained to provide trauma support and resources to those in need. It is important to note that when meeting with OIE, it is up to the impacted party to decide how to proceed.
When to report
If a student, faculty or staff member expresses to you that they experienced an incident of sexual misconduct, discriminatory harassment, bias or retaliation, inform them that you are a mandatory reporter and that you will share this with the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) in order to provide resources and options based upon their situation. They are not required to file a formal complaint — OIE will work with them to help them decide their best options.
When in doubt, REPORT!
How to report
To report an incident, visit the OIE website where you can easily submit your report online. If you’re uncertain whether an incident should be reported, it’s always advisable to err on the side of caution and make a report.
What happens after I submit a report?
Once a report has been submitted, OIE staff will reach out to the impacted party to discuss resources and options and offer facilitation of process and supportive measures. We start with the impacted party and they have agency on how to proceed. Please note the staff of the Office of Institutional Equity is protective of individual’s privacy and once reported, you will likely not receive any further outreach or updates.
Is the Office for Institutional Equity an advocacy office?
No. OIE is a non-bias, investigative office for reports of sexual misconduct, discriminatory harassment, bias and retaliation. If a process is selected by the impacted party, OIE will facilitate a neutral and equitable process for all parties.
We will provide resources and options to impacted parties, and we work closely with campus departments including Student Life, Campus Safety, Student Outreach and Support, Human Resources and many more to provide the proper services to our Mines community members.
Have questions? You may make an appointment to meet a member of the OIE team by contacting us as email@example.com.
Ready to report? Visit our reporting page.
Still have questions? Contact us at OIE@mines.edu
How to Respond When You Receive a Disclosure
When someone trusts you with a difficult situation or opens up about a personal struggle, it’s important to handle the situation with care and sensitivity. Here are some valuable tips to guide you through this delicate situation:
Confidential Reporting Options
Report confidentially to any of the confidential resources. You can learn about reporting and accommodation options.
- Report confidentially 24/7 to the Blue Bench, Denver Metro’s only comprehensive sexual assault center,
- English: 303-322-7273
- Spanish: 303-329-0031
- Report confidentially 24/7 to Victim Outreach Incorporated (VOI), which offers comprehensive support services to victims of crime and/or trauma.
- Phone: 303-202-2196
Report to the Police
- It is most effective to report directly to the jurisdiction in which the crime occurred. However, Mines Police (303-273-3333) and any individual from the Office for Institutional Equity team can help you make a report.
- If you or someone you know is in danger, call 911.
The Office for Institutional Equity supports efforts to uphold Mines’ commitment to creating and maintaining a working and learning environment that is inclusive and free of discriminatory conduct, harassment and violence.