Sexual Violence Prevention

What Is Sexual Violence?

According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.

It is defined as any unwanted, forced, or coerced sexual contact without the consent or against the will of another person.  It can range from inappropriate touching to penetration. It includes the crimes of sexual assault, rape and sexual abuse.

LEARN MORE: Types of Sexual Violence
Sexual Assault 101
 

Make a Report

The Boulder Valley School District is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our students.

Victims of sexual harassment are encouraged to report the incident to an adult they trust, whether it is a school counselor, administrator or law enforcement.

https://www.bvsd.org/parents-students/be-ready/child-abuse-and-neglect-reporting


The District's Role

There is no place for this type of behavior in the halls of our schools or anywhere in BVSD. As a district we are taking action to better educate our students about sexual assault, consent and prevention.  

Sexual Harassment Policy 
It is essential that students and staff members have the confidence that the Boulder Valley School District will do everything in its power to protect victims and to take action against misconduct. 

Over the past year, BVSD has been working to strengthen our sexual harassment policy (GBAA) and investigation procedures (AC and AC-R). 

Title IX
Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.

Regardless of whether sexual harassment (that includes sexual violence) occurs at school, Title IX obligates school districts to address any impact of that conduct on students that interferes with their ability to access their education. This means that schools must provide students with their Title IX rights and the contact information for adults at school who can respond to allegations of misconduct and put in place interim remedies to support impacted students. If students experience harassment or retaliation resulting from the exercise of their Title IX rights, then schools are legally obligated to take action to stop it from recurring.

In terms of Title IX investigations, the School District is obligated to investigate and take action to stop misconduct that is impacting students at school, but there is not a strict timeline for such investigations. When the same allegations are being investigated by law enforcement, then the School District wants to minimize potential trauma for students by using information from law enforcement's investigation as much as possible. Most often, we do this by, among other things, using information in police reports, juvenile petitions, and information shared by the DA’s office as the substantive information for the School District’s Title IX investigation while also providing due process to the involved parties as required by the U.S. Department of Education rules and regulations governing school districts. While law enforcement investigations and any related legal proceedings are being conducted, the School District’s focus is on providing interim remedies to support students.

Hotlines

If there is immediate threat to your child or others call call 911 immediately.

Safe2Tell
877-542-SAFE (7233)

National Sexual Assault Telephone and Online Hotline
1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Colorado Crisis Services
1-844-493-8255
Text "TALK" to 38255

Resources

BVSD Policies

Compliance Officer for students, parents and members of the public:

Kathleen Sullivan
Legal Counsel
Boulder Valley School District
6500 Arapahoe Rd.
Boulder, CO 80301
720.561.5834
kathleen.sullivan@bvsd.org
 

Compliance Officers for employees:

Mike Gradoz
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
Boulder Valley School District
6500 Arapahoe Rd.
Boulder, CO 80301
720.561.5080
mike.gradoz@bvsd.org

or

Melissa Ribordy
Director of Human Resources
Boulder Valley School District
6500 Arapahoe Rd.
Boulder, CO 80301
720.561.5272
melissa.ribordy@bvsd.org

Outside agencies

In addition to, or as an alternative to, filing a complaint pursuant to this regulation, a person may file a discrimination complaint as follows:

ALLEGED Violations of Title VI (race, national origin), Title IX (sex/gender), Section 504/ADA (disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204.  Toll Free: 800-262-4845 English/Spanish. Telephone: 303-844-5695. Fax: 303-844-4303. TTY: 303-844-3417. Email:  OCRDenver@ed.gov

ALLEGED Violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, Toll Free: 800-669-4000. Fax:  303-866-1085.
TTY:  800-669-6820. Email: info@eeoc.gov

CERTAIN VIOLATIONS MAY ALSO BE FILED WITH the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, (CCRD), 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202. Toll Free: 800-262-4845. Telephone: 303-894-2997. Fax:303-894-7830.  Email:dora_CCRD@state.co.us