Rocky Mountain University recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic may increase concerns about domestic, spousal, and dating abuse during a time when one may not have a supportive or caring space in which to live. Nationwide, reports of increases in partner and domestic violence have made the rounds in our professions and in the media.  If you or someone you know is in such a situation or if you have concerns, I urge you to reach out to the RMU Office of Institutional Equity; we offer confidentiality within the scope of the law and RMU policy, and may have solutions or access to care.  For those who wish additional online resources around domestic and sexual violence, I encourage you to visit the following vetted national resources:

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization

Live Your Dream

US Dept of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov, with a state by state resource list

Discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct is unwelcome at RMU, and should be reported to the appropriate parties so that it can be investigated, remedied, and addressed to both stop the offense and limit or eliminate further harm to RMU students, staff, and visitors.

RMU has created extensive policies and procedures, in compliance with federal regulations, that address harassment, discrimination, and misconduct. These include:

  • gender- and sex-based harassment or discrimination (Title IX);
  • disability related discrimination (ADA); and
  • any harassment or discrimination by protected class.

For more information specific to Title IX, please see the 2020 Nondiscrimination, Title IX, and Civil Rights Handbook for all other civil rights concerns, please see the 2019 Nondiscrimination, Nonharassment, Conduct, and Equity Resolution Process Handbook.

Complaints or notice of alleged policy violations, or inquiries about or concerns regarding this policy and procedures, may be made internally to:

Raymond J Rodriguez, MPH, MCHES
Institutional Equity Officer, Title IX and ADA Coordinator
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Room 195, Building 3
Discrimination Hotline: 385.375.8344 / 385.375.8798 / [email protected]

Nick Starr, MBA, CCP, CBP
Human Resources Manager, Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Room 188, Building 3
Main: 385.375.8658 / [email protected]

Mark Horacek, PT, MS, PhD
Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs & Provost, Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Room 123, Building 3
Main: 385.375.8340 / [email protected]

Emily Dykstra, PhD
Associate Director of Institutional Research, Title IX Decision-Maker and Hearing Officer
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Main: 385.375.8349 / [email protected]

Cynthia Jeffs
Registrar, Title IX Decision-Maker and Hearing Officer
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Main: 385.375.8316

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions has determined that the above administrators are Officials with Authority (OWA) to address and correct harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation, per federal guidance and regulation.

The University has also determined that all employees serve as Mandated Reporters of any knowledge they have that a member of the community is experiencing harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation. The section below on Mandated Reporting details their duties, accordingly.

Inquiries may be made externally to:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481
Facsimile: (202) 453-6012
TDD#: (877) 521-2172
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

HHS/Office for Civil Rights
1961 Stout Street
Room 08-148
Denver, CO 80294
Customer Response Center: (800) 368-1019
Fax: (202) 619-3818
TDD: (800) 537-7697
Email: [email protected]

For complaints involving employees:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
3300 North Central Avenue
Suite 690
Phoenix, AZ 85012-2504
United States
Phone
(800) 669-4000

Utah Labor Commission
160 East 300 South, 3rd Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6600
(801) 530-6800

Reporting Misconduct, Discrimination, and Harassment

Notice or complaints of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation may be made using any of the following options:a. File a complaint with, or give verbal notice to, the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator (see directly above). Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number or email address, or by mail to the office address, listed for the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Coordinators, or Decision-Makers listed above.

b. Report online, using the reporting form posted below. Anonymous reports are accepted but can give rise to a need to investigate. The University attempts to provide supportive measures to all Complainants, which is impossible with an anonymous report. Reporting carries no obligation to initiate a formal response; the University respects Complainant requests to dismiss complaints unless there is a compelling threat to health and/or safety. As a result, the Complainant is largely in control and should not fear a loss of privacy by reporting that allows the University to discuss and provide supportive measures.

c. Report using the RMUoHP Discrimination Hotline (385.375.8344).

A formal complaint means a document submitted or signed by either the Complainant or the Title IX Coordinator, alleging a policy violation by a Respondent and requesting that the University investigate the allegation(s). Verbal notification is not necessarily a formal complaint.

A formal complaint may be filed with the Title IX Coordinator in person, by mail, or by electronic mail, by using the contact information in the section immediately above, or as described in this section. As used in this section, “filing a formal complaint” means a document or electronic submission (such as by electronic mail or through an online portal provided for this purpose by RMUoHP) that contains the Complainant’s physical or digital signature, or otherwise indicates that the Complainant is the person filing the complaint, and requests that RMUoHP investigate the allegations.

For further information on discrimination, harassment, or related civil rights issues, please see here.

To report an incident of harassment or misconduct to the Institutional Equity Officer online, use the form below: