On September 22 the Department of Education issued a Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct which will serve as interim guidance while new regulations are developed and go through a formal notice and comment period. In a new Dear Colleague Letter, the Department simultaneously withdrew statements of policy and guidance in its 2011 Dear Colleague Letter and its 2014 Questions and Answers on Title IX.
After our initial review of the September 2017 Q&A, we are confident that our student conduct code and policies do not require revision. As President Cauce wrote in her September 13 blog post, our commitment to preventing sexual violence and properly investigating and addressing allegations is unwavering. We invite you to review both the University’s student conduct website and our sexual assault resources website for more information on our code, our conduct process, and the resources and support available to members of the University community who are impacted by sexual violence.
When the Department of Education releases their new proposed regulations and announces the notice and comment period, UW will engage in careful analysis and review and will welcome input and commentary from all members of our community.
About Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence or sexual assault, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Retaliation against those who raise complaints or participate in the complaint investigation and resolution process is also prohibited. The following person has been designated to coordinate the University’s compliance with Title IX :
Kate Leonard, Title IX/ADA Coordinator
Phone: (206) 221-7932
Valery Richardson, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Title IX Coordinator
The Title IX Coordinator’s responsibilities include:
- Providing information and assistance to those who wish to raise a complaint or have concerns relating to the University’s compliance with Title IX
- Facilitating the University's compliance with Title IX, including responding effectively to each complaint
- Providing assistance and support to University programs responsible for responding to and investigating complaints
- Identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic issues relating to Title IX compliance
- Facilitating University-wide training and outreach
- Where appropriate, responding to or conducting an investigation of complaints
- Participating in and providing support for committees and other programs dedicated to Title IX compliance