• Colorado Christian University students

    Title IX

    Title IX and its implementing federal regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. Colorado Christian University is governed by Title IX and is covered by certain provisions of Title IX. Sex discrimination violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity. Colorado Christian University considers sex discrimination to be a serious offense. Title IX refers to all forms of sex discrimination, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence by employees, students, or third parties meeting applicable Title IX definitions.

    Title IX Coordinator & Deputy Coordinators

    The Director of Human Resources is responsible for coordinating the University’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and serves as the University Title IX Coordinator. The Assistant Director of Human Resources assists with coordinating Title IX complaints. The University Title IX Coordinator conducts activities appropriate to assure compliance with Title IX.

    Nondiscrimination/Anti-harassment policies

    The University’s compliance with Title IX is implemented in the context of the University’s broader Nondiscrimination/Anti-harassment Policy and Grievance Procedures, which generally advises the University community of prohibited discriminatory and harassing conduct by Community Members, as well as the resources and processes for addressing and resolving complaints of discrimination, harassment and/or violation of University policy. The university also prohibits sexual harassment. This policy is in accordance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

    Scope of Title IX-related Activities

    Matters involving allegations of sex-based discrimination, as well as allegations of sexual misconduct, as defined by the University’s policies on sexual misconduct are subject to review under Title IX.

    Filing a Complaint

    Any student, faculty, staff, or visitor to our community may file a complaint to the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Coordinator, or other responsible parties employed at Colorado Christian University. Those notified will alert the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Coordinator immediately. In addition to reporting acts of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation internally to the Title IX Coordinators; students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to report any and all suspected or alleged criminal activity to Campus Security or local law enforcement authorities.

    Privacy and Confidentiality

    Activities carried out in response to the University’s obligations under Title IX will be conducted with regard for any legitimate privacy and reputational interests of those involved. Information prepared or acquired under Title IX procedures will be shared only with those who have a legitimate need to know. Disclosure of such information may also be made if it is permitted by law and the University Title IX Coordinator determines in his or her judgment: (1) that such disclosure is necessary to protect the health, safety, or well-being of members of the Colorado Christian community; or (2) that such disclosure advances the interests of those involved in the process and/or the University and outweighs the interest in confidentiality.

    While the University Title IX Coordinator will take into account any requests made by a grievant for confidentiality or that a Title IX matter not be investigated, the University Title IX Coordinator will take appropriate steps to respond to the matter consistent with the requirements of Title IX.


    Retaliation against any person in the University community either for alleging discrimination prohibited by Title IX or for cooperating in a Title IX investigation or grievance is strictly prohibited.

    Standard of Evidence

    The University Title IX Coordinator shall review allegations of discrimination prohibited by Title IX by applying a preponderance of the evidence standard.

    Timeliness of Title IX

    While the time it may take to investigate and resolve a Title IX matter will depend on a variety of factors, including the nature and scope of the allegations, the University Title IX Coordinator will seek to resolve any grievance within 60 working days of receipt of the grievance.

    Right of Appeal and Review of Disciplinary Proceedings

    Appeal rights are referenced in applicable student, faculty and staff handbooks. Decisions regarding remedial measures may be made through a written appeal to the University Title IX Coordinator.

  • Title IX Coordinator

    Rick Garris
    Director of Human Resources
    Office location: 215 Union Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80226
    Phone: 303-963-3290
    Email: rgarris@ccu.edu

    Deputy Coordinators

    Sharon Felker
    Dean of Students & AVP of Student Programs
    College of Undergraduate Studies
    Office location: Main Campus, Lakewood, CO 80226
    Phone: 303-763-3369
    Email: sfelker@ccu.edu

    Dave Bechtold
    Dean of Students
    College of Adult and Graduate Studies
    Office location: 225 Union Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80226
    Phone: 303-963-3277
    Email: dbechtold@ccu.edu

    Lauren Williams
    Assistant Director of Human Resources
    Office location: 215 Union Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80226
    Phone: 303-963-3211
    Email: lbwilliams@ccu.edu