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 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

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

Kate Leonard, Title IX/ADA Coordinator
Box 354996
Phone: (206) 221-7932
Email: TitleIX@uw.edu

Valery Richardson, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Box 354996
Phone: 206-616-9713
Email: valeryr@uw.edu