Chancellor Chopp Affirms DU’s Commitment to Fair and Equitable Title IX Process
In response to the remarks made by Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, University of Denver Chancellor Chopp shared the following message with the DU community. To read the message in Spanish, click here.
Yesterday, Secretary Betsy DeVos of the U.S. Department of Education announced that the Department will begin the process of creating new regulations that will govern how colleges and universities are expected to respond to reports of gender-based violence under Title IX.
I want to be clear that this news does not change any University policies or practices. The University of Denver remains in full compliance with all the various laws pertaining to the investigation and adjudication of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
The University has worked diligently to institute procedures that fully support our students and ensure a fair and equitable process for all parties. We have enacted best practices and invested in qualified personnel to support students throughout our process. We have also bolstered efforts to increase awareness in order to prevent sexual assault and reduce stigma.
Although we will continue to review our policies each year and improve them where needed, today’s news does not change our approach—nor does it change our deep commitment to supporting all members of our community so that they can learn, work and thrive at DU.
Below is a list of resources that are available to members of our community:
- Health & Counseling Center
- Office of Equal Opportunity
- Center for Multicultural Excellence
- Office of Internationalization
- Religious & Spiritual Life / University Chaplain
If you have questions about the University’s policies or practices, please visit the Office of Equal Opportunity here or contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Eric Butler, at Eric.Butler@du.edu or 303-871-7016.