Dear Members of the University of Washington Community,Discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of sex continues to do harm to individuals and institutions across the country. Sexual harassment and discrimination are abhorrent to our community and expressly prohibited by federal law under Title IX and by University policy (see Executive Order No. 31, the University’s non-discrimination policy). Their extreme form—sexual violence—is a crime as well as being prohibited by Title IX and University policy.
Over the past year the University has further strengthened its efforts to prevent discrimination and harassment based on sex and to prevent sexual violence by dedicating additional resources to our Title IX program and appointing a new Title IX Coordinator, Amanda Paye. This program works to support gender equity across the University and prevent discrimination and harassment based on sex. More information about our Title IX program can be found at http://f2.washington.edu/treasury/riskmgmt/compliance.
The University’s policy defines “sexual harassment” to include:
1. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by a person who has authority over the recipient when:
a. Submission to such conduct is made either an implicit or explicit condition of the individual’s employment, academic status, or ability to use University facilities and services, or
b. Submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for a decision that affects tangible aspects of the individual’s employment, academic status, or use of University facilities; or
2. Unwelcome and unsolicited language or conduct that is of a sexual nature or that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it could reasonably be expected to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment, or has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance
Faculty, staff, and students who engage in such harassment will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include termination of employment or dismissal from educational programs, as well as potential personal liability. The University takes reports of such behavior very seriously and prohibits retaliation against anyone for reporting, cooperating with, or participating in the University’s complaint process. You should also know that the Faculty Code addresses conflicts of interest that can arise out of consensual relationships between instructors and students (Chapter 24, Section 24-33, Footnote: Faculty/Student Relationships and Conflicts of Interest).
As a community, we all must participate fully in our collective effort to maintain the University of Washington’s commitment to prevent and eliminate sexual violence, harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Toward that effort, the University provides a number of resources (listed below) for members of the campus community who either believe they have been subjected to sexual violence, discrimination, or harassment, or have knowledge that leads them to believe that a member of our community has been subjected to sexual violence, discrimination, or harassment.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact either of us at pres or provost.
Michael K. Young Ana Mari Cauce President Provost & Executive Vice President
AVAILABLE UW RESOURCES
Offices responsible for responding to, investigating, and resolving complaints
Student Conduct Offices
For information, support, and to make a report of a potential violation of the Student Conduct Code by undergraduate or graduate students, including an explanation of rights and responsibilities under the Student Conduct Code:
Student Conduct, Student Services – UW Tacoma
Student Conduct, Student Services – UW Bothell
University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office
For information, investigation, and to make a report of a potential violation of University policy by UW employees, including academic personnel, librarians, staff, TA/RAs, other student employees:
For information, investigation, and to report potential violations of University policy by UW employees, including academic personnel, librarians, staff, TA/RAs, other student employees, and non-employees, such as volunteers:
Campus Human Resources Operations (including UW Tacoma and UW Bothell)
UW Medical Center Human Resources
Harborview Medical Center Human Resources
Academic Human Resources
For information, investigation, and to report potential violations of University policy by student athletes, coaches, or staff, or regarding equity within athletic programs:
Office of the Athletic Director
University of Washington Police Department and UWPD Victim Advocate
You also have the option of making a report to law enforcement:
Other resources and support services for those who may be impacted by sexual violence, discrimination, or harassment:
To report concerns regarding personal and workplace safety
The Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Information Service (SARIS) – UW Seattle
Resources for students who have been affected by sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment
Health and Wellness – UW Seattle
Consultation, assessment, and intervention services for students
Confidential counseling services for currently enrolled students
Counseling Center – UW Tacoma
Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Assistance for graduate students
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