About Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that states:  "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

Title IX, Washington State law, and University of Washington policy prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, pregnant or parenting status, and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) identity.


The University of Washington carries out the objectives of Title IX through a coordinated system of initiatives, programs, and services that collectively protect educational access, advance gender equity, and prevent and respond to sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender discrimination.

Title IX applies to and protects students, staff, faculty, other academic personnel, and visitors at the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses as well as other sites and programs affiliated with the University.


The University will be a leader and model within higher education for achieving gender equity, and providing and maintaining a respectful learning and working environment free from sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender discrimination.

What Does Title IX Work Include at UW?

University of Washington community members collectively facilitate the University’s compliance with Title IX and related laws, regulations, and policies. Title IX Coordinators collaborate with multiple stakeholders to coordinate and guide an institution-wide network of services, resources, policies, education, and assessment. These activities take place across a broad range of academic, administrative, and student life contexts, and include:

  • Preventing gender discrimination, sexual harassment, stalking, intimate partner violence and sexual assault through education, outreach, and policy efforts;
  • Responding to incidents of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault through support, investigation, and accountability processes;
  • Advancing gender equity with an emphasis on the nationally-recognized focus areas of athletics and STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and math) through awareness, access, and inclusion initiatives.

Title IX Coordinator

Valery Richardson, Interim Title IX Coordinator
Phone: (206) 616-9713
Email: valeryr@uw.edu

Roosevelt Commons East, Box 354996
4311 11th Avenue NE, Suite 505
Seattle, WA 98105

Title IX Coordinators can assist any member of the University of Washington community with concerns or inquiries regarding Title IX. Specifically, coordinators:

  • Provide leadership to advance the University’s Title IX mission, vision, and strategic priorities;
  • Provide information and assistance to individuals who wish to raise a complaint or have concerns or questions regarding Title IX;
  • Consult and collaborate with a broad network of University partners, offices, and programs who in turn provide support, resources, and outreach on Title IX matters and initiatives;
  • Assist the University entities responsible for investigating and responding to Title IX complaints, including coordination of response to each complaint;
  • Facilitate University-wide Title IX-related education and outreach;
  • Monitor and coordinate compliance with federal, state, and local laws, resolution agreements, and regulatory guidance related to Title IX;  
  • Identify and coordinate response to patterns or systemic issues relating to sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, or other Title IX concerns.