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Colorado School of Mines is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of harassment and sexual violence. Such behaviors are not tolerated at Mines and are prohibited both by law and by University policy. The University will respond promptly and effectively to reports of sexual harassment and sexual violence and will take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and when necessary, to discipline behavior that violates University policy. Relevant policies that address these issues are below.
Definitions

Sexual violence: Physical, sexual acts perpetrated without the mutual consent of all people involved or where a person is incapable of giving legal consent (e.g., due to the person’s age, use of drugs or alcohol, or because an intellectual or other disability prevents the person from having the capacity to give consent). Sexual violence includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion. Sexual violence may also include instances of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Sexual harassment: Unwelcome conduct (i.e., conduct without consent) of a sexual nature, including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Consent: Positive, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement to engage in specific sexual activity throughout a sexual encounter. It is critical to note the nuances of consent:

  • Consent cannot be inferred from the absence of a “no.”
  • Consent cannot be inferred in the context of a current or previous sexual relationship.
  • Consent to some sexual acts does not imply consent to others, nor does past consent to a given act imply or grant present or future consent.
  • Consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual encounter and can be revoked at any time.
  • Consent cannot be obtained by fear, threat, coercion, intimidation, or force.
  • Consent cannot be obtained from someone who is asleep or otherwise mentally or physically incapacitated, whether due to alcohol, drugs, or some other condition.

Other relevant definitions are located in our Policy Library.

If You Experience Sexual Violence

If you are a survivor of sexual violence (including sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence), you have rights and you have options. If you are a Mines student, faculty member, staff member, or a visitor to our campus community, you have the right to file a complaint through Mines as well as to explore options outside of Mines.

Mines employs a full-time Title IX Coordinator and a network of Deputy Title IX Coordinators to ensure that Mines addresses any sexual misconduct complaint thoroughly and promptly. Students, employees, volunteers and visitors of Mines who have experienced any form of gender-based discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, are encouraged to report the incident promptly to a Title IX coordinator listed below:

Coordinators in Title IX Office Karin Ranta-Curran
Title IX Coordinator + Executive Director
Institutional Compliance and Equity
Guggenheim 211A
krcurran@mines.edu | 303.384.2558
Katie Schmalzel (Confidential Option)
Prevention Program Manager
Institutional Compliance and Equity
Wellness Center 159
kschmalz@mines.edu | 303.273.3260
Coordinators for Students Jahi Simbai
Assistant Dean
Office of Graduate Studies
Student Center E145
jsimbai@mines.edu | 303.384.2221
Colin Terry
Associate Dean of Students
Student Life
Center for Academic Services & Advising 102
cterry@mines.edu | 303.273.3081
Coordinators for Employees & Third Parties Debbie Wernli
Employment Manager
Human Resources
Guggenheim 110
dwernli@mines.edu | 303.273.3494
Coordinator for Athletic Compliance Dixie Cirillo
Associate Athletics Director
Volk 318
dcirillo@mines.edu | 303.273.3206