Student Spotlight

Bobby Nieland

Class of 2018

  • Hometown: Greensboro, NC
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology and Chemistry; Graduate Studies in Public Health
  • Clubs and Activities: ACOFP, Global Medicine Track Program, Colorado Medical Society, Integrative Medicine Club, Medical Ethics Club, RVU Medical Spanish classes, Anatomy and OPP Tutor, Anatomy Lab Assistant

Why did you choose RVU? I chose RVUCOM because I wanted to be in a place where I could truly see myself being happy during...
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Faculty Spotlight

Heather Ferrill, DO, MS

Chair and Associate Professor of OPP

  • Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Undergraduate Studies: BA in Advertising (Michigan State University, 1989)
  • Graduate Studies: DO degree from MSUCOM (2000); FP/NMM residency at University of New England COM (2004); MS in Medical Education and Leadership at UNECOM (2010)

What class do you teach? OPP Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM? RVUCOM is an amazing collaborative community...
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Title IX at Rocky Vista University

Dr. Jennifer Williams, Executive Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, is the University’s Title IX Coordinator. Dr. Williams coordinates the University’s response to complaints of sex-based discrimination, including sexual harassment, stalking, sexual assault, relationship violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct, as well as retaliation.

If you have been the victim of sexual misconduct or are aware of sexual misconduct and would like to find out about how the University can help you, contact Dr. Williams at (720) 875-2809 or jwilliams@rvu.edu.

You may also want to make an appointment to talk with Dr. Laura Mohr, Sexual Assault Advocate, at (720) 875-2853 or lmohr@rvu.edu. Your conversation with Dr. Mohr (Director of Counseling Services, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine) will remain confidential, and Dr. Mohr will not share anything with the Title IX Coordinator.

You may seek the assistance of a trusted faculty member. If you do so, please keep in mind that all University employees (other than medical or counseling professionals) are mandatory reporters and must report all information to the Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX and Campus Sexual Violence Act Resources

For more information about Title IX requirements and the Campus Sexual Violence Act (“SaVE Act”), please visit the following sites:

Campus Save
Campus SaVE Act
New Requirements Imposed by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (PDF)

Title IX
Colorado Civil Rights Division
Know Your Rights: Title IX Prohibits Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Where You Go to School (PDF)
http://knowyourix.org

Sexual Misconduct and Non-Discrimination Policy

Rocky Vista University (the “University”) is committed to the principles of academic and professional excellence and to fostering a positive learning and working environment for its students and employees. Accordingly, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the administration of, or in connection with, its educational and admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or employment practices, and it is required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 to not discriminate in such a manner.

It is the intent of the University to provide its employees and students with an environment free of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence (collectively “sexual misconduct”), and to respond appropriately to reports of sexual misconduct. The civil and respectful treatment of one another is a foundation of our principles, and the University will not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct. Persons found responsible for sexual misconduct are subject to disciplinary measures, up to and including dismissal or termination, consistent with this Sexual Misconduct Policy and Investigation Procedures (“Policy”) and any other applicable disciplinary procedures.

Compliance with this Policy is a term and condition of student enrollment and employment at the University.  Questions about this Policy or Title IX can be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Williams, (720) 875-2809 or jwilliams@rvu.edu, President’s Suite, Room PR-105.

Please refer to Sexual Misconduct and Non-Discrimination Reporting, Investigating, and Hearing Procedures for additional information.

Reporting Sexual Misconduct

The University encourages all individuals to report possible sexual misconduct that they suffer or observe, and requires responsible employees of the University to do so, using one of the investigative resources described below.

The purpose of these investigation procedures is to provide prompt and equitable processes for addressing and investigating incidents of sexual misconduct allegedly committed against students and employees. A lengthy period of time between an alleged occurrence and an investigation may make fact-finding more difficult; therefore, individuals are encouraged to raise concerns and complaints as soon as possible.

The University provides three different procedures, described below, for investigating and adjudicating Requests for Investigation of sexual misconduct allegedly committed by students. The first two options address Requests for Investigation alleging misconduct other than sexual violence: an Informal Conciliation Process and a Formal Investigation Process, and a third process is available only for Sexual Violence Requests for Investigation: the Sexual Violence Response Process.

If unsure about the appropriate process for a Request for Investigation or unsure whether to file a Request for Investigation, please contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Terence Brennan at 720-874-2481 for an initial meeting, wherein the Title IX Coordinator will discuss the options and answer any questions.

The University high recommends that the Reporting Party of sexual violence seek immediate medical attention after the incident, The Title IX Coordinator or Sexual Assault Advocate (Dr. Laura Mohr; 720.874.2853; lmohr@rvu.edu) will provide, if needed, referrals to medical professional.

In addition, please notify the RVU Security Department at 720-875-2892 and the police jurisdiction where the assault occurred, or 911.

For a full account of Rocky Vista University’s Sexual Misconduct and Non Discrimination Investigative Procedures for both students and staff, including options for confidential reporting, please see Sexual Misconduct and Non-Discrimination Reporting, Investigating, and Hearing Procedures.

Resources

For those who are victims of sexual assault, it is important to get immediate medical attention, even if there are no obvious physical injuries. Go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. A physical examination will help to assure that any injuries will be identified and treated and that victims receive important information about the risks for sexually transmitted disease. An examination does not obligate a victim to any kind of investigation; however, it allows evidence to be obtained and preserved in the event a criminal investigation is authorized at a later time. Victims should not bathe, shower, douche, or change clothes before the examination. Individuals are also encouraged to seek counseling. Support by a trained counselor can help the individual understand and work through the trauma of the incident. Counselors can also help others who are close to the individual.

 

RVU Campus Resources

For confidential counseling, advocacy and support following an incidence of sexual assault, students or employees are encouraged to contact Dr. Laura Mohr, Director of Counseling Services and Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine, at (720) 875-2853 or LMohr@RVU.edu.

Students or employees needing immediate and confidential medical assistance, treatment and other health services following an incidence of sexual assault, may contact the Rocky Vista Health Center (on the RVU campus) at (720) 875-2880. (If possible, please contact Dr. Laura Mohr at (720) 875-2853 or LMohr@RVU.edu, for assistance when accessing the Health Center.)

 

Community Resources

RVU students and staff, who are victims of sexual misconduct and assault, may also seek guidance and assistance from the following Denver-area resources and organizations. (Please note: these organizations are not affiliated with RVU.)

  • The Blue Bench (formerly known as RAAP) (24/7)
    (303) 322-7273 or (888) 394-8044
    http://thebluebench.org
  • Colorado Anti Violence Program (24/7 LGBT Resource)
    (303) 852-5094
    http://coavp.org
  • Denver Center for Crime Victims
    (303) 894-8000 (English) or (303) 718-8289 (Spanish) or 711 for Relay Colorado Access for deaf or hard of hearing. Translation and interpretation services available
    http://www.denvervictims.org/
  • Denver Police Non-Emergency
    (720) 913-2000
  • Denver Police Victim Services
    (720) 913-6035
  • Colorado Physician Health Program (For licensed physicians, physician assistants, and Resident, Medical Students and Physician Assistant Students)
    (303) 860-0122
    www.cphp.org
  • Sexual Abuse Recovery Center
    (855) 977-9972
    http://www.recovery.org/topics/choosing-the-best-inpatient-sexual-abuse-and-addiction-recovery-center/

Sexual Misconduct or Assault Complaints to Outside Agencies

In addition to the University’s complaint procedures, a Reporting Party or alleged Reporting Party has the right to file a complaint of sexual misconduct or assault with local law enforcement agencies. As referenced elsewhere in this Policy, the involvement of outside law enforcement agencies may necessitate some accommodation in the timing and manner of the University’s Title IX investigation so as not to impede such external proceedings.

However, the University will ensure that it takes appropriate interim measures to protect the Reporting Party in the educational setting as well as to follow through with its own Title IX mandated processes once it learns that the local law enforcement agencies have indicated that their proceedings will not be compromised by the resumption of the University’s Title IX processes. Local law enforcement agencies to which complaints may be directed include:

  • RVU Department of Public Safety and Security
    8401 S. Chambers Rd., Parker, CO 80134
    Phone: 720-875-2892
    Web: http://www.rvu.edu/campus-life/campus-safety-and-security/
  • Parker Police Department
    18600 E. Lincoln Meadows Pkwy., Parker, CO 80134
    Phone: (303) 841-9800
    Web: http://www.parkerpolice.org/
  • Colorado State Patrol – District 1
    4600 Castleton Court, Castle Rock 80109
    Phone: (303) 688-3115
    Web: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/csp/district-one-metro

Additionally, Employee and Student Reporting Parties may file complaints with the following organizations and agencies:

Employees:
  • Colorado Attorney General’s Office
    1300 Broadway, 10th Floor, Denver, CO 80203
    Phone: (720)508-6000
    Web: http://www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Denver Field Office
    303 E. 17th Avenue, Suite 410, Denver, CO 80203
    Phone: (303) 866-1085 or (800) 669-6820
    Fax: (303) 866-1085
    Web: http://www.eeoc.gov/field/denver/
  • Colorado Civil Rights Commission
    1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202
    Phone: (303) 894-2997
    Fax: (303) 894-7830
    Email: ccrd@dora.state.co.us
Students
  • United States Department of Education: Office for Civil Rights
    Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building
    1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204
    Phone: (303) 844-5695
    Fax: (303) 844-4303
    Email: Denver@ed.gov
  • Colorado Civil Rights Commission
    1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202
    Phone: (303) 894-2997
    Fax: (303) 894-7830
    Email: ccrd@dora.state.co.us
  • American Osteopathic Association/Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOA/COCA)
    142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611-2864
    Phone: (800) 621-1773
    Local phone: (312) 202-8000
    Fax: (312) 202-8200
    Web: www.osteopathic.org
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
    230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois, 60604-1411
    Phone: (800) 621-7440
    Fax: (312) 263-7462
    Email: info@hlcommission.org
    Web: https://www.ncahlc.org

Sexual Assault Prevention

Sexual assault is when one person forces another person into sexual contact without that person’s consent. Here are strategies to protect yourself:

  • Avoid people who don’t allow you to make your own decisions and those who give you the feeling that you “owe them” something.
  • Be very explicit with dates about how intimate you expect the relationship to be.
  • Do not assume that a person will know that you are comfortable with “going so far” and no further.
  • Don’t drink beverages that you did not open yourself.
  • Don’t exchange or share drinks with anyone.
  • Don’t drink from a container that is being passed around.
  • If someone offers you a drink at a bar or club, accompany the person to the bar, watch the drink being poured, and carry the drink yourself.
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended while using the restroom or making a phone call. If you realize you have left it unattended, throw the drink away.
  • Don’t mix drugs and alcohol.

Safe Walk Program

The Safe Walk program is available to all students and staff. Contact any Security Officer, at any time of the day or night, for an escort on campus.

Title IX Education Programs for RVU Students and Staff

Rocky Vista University is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex (gender), including sexual misconduct, sexual assault, relationship (dating and domestic) violence and stalking.

The University provides resources and training to students, faculty and staff to address concerns related to sexual harassment and sexual violence prohibited by Title IX and University policy.

 

New Student Orientation

New student orientation covers topics such as sexual assault prevention and education, reporting procedures for sexual harassment and assault, as well as drug and alcohol awareness.

 

Mandatory Title IX Awareness Training

As part of its commitment to maintaining a campus free of sexual discrimination and harassment, including sexual violence, Rocky Vista University has provides mandatory Title IX awareness training for all students and employees annually. The goal of the training is to make our campus community aware of sexual violence and to understand how to prevent it.

A video of the 2015 Mandatory Title IX Awareness training can be accessed at:

http://media.rockyvistauniversity.org/mediasite/Play/c64e64dee777410aa662e95727221c2e1d

 

Title IX Task Force

The Title IX Task Force, led by the Title IX coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Williams, is broadly based, including students, faculty, and staff members specializing in this area. The Task Force meets regularly to improve the way the University responds to student and employee reports of discrimination, harassment (including sexual misconduct), stalking and interpersonal violence. It also develops and delivers ongoing sexual misconduct and assault prevention communication campaigns to students and staff.

 

Campus Safety and Security Office

Printed information and communication about sexual misconduct and assault awareness, prevention, and reporting is made available to students and staff outside of the Office of Campus Safety and Security, as well electronically on monitors around the campus.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and the Drug-Free Workplace of 1988 require all schools and institutions of higher education to adopt and implement a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees on University property or as part of any University activities.

The annual notification and the Biennial Review, which are part of Rocky Vista University’s program adopted to comply with these Acts, are required by law. In compliance with the law, the policy can be found in the University Catalog/Handbook, as well as the Employee Handbook.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Annual Notification: 2015

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Biennial Review: 2012-2014