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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@uw.edu or provost@uw.edu.

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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:

Community Standards and Student Conduct, UW Seattle
206-685-6194
http://depts.washington.edu/cssc/

Student Conduct, Student Services - UW Tacoma
253-692-4421
http://www.tacoma.washington.edu/studentaffairs/SS/conduct_students.cfm

Student Conduct, Student Services – UW Bothell
http://www.uwb.edu/academic/policies/academicconduct

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:

University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office
206-616-2028
http://f2.washington.edu/treasury/riskmgmt/UCIRO

Human Resources
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)
206-543-2354

UW Medical Center Human Resources
206-598-6116

Harborview Medical Center Human Resources
206-744-9220

Academic Human Resources
206-543-5630

Intercollegiate Athletics
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
206-543-2279

University of Washington Police Department and UWPD Victim Advocate
You also have the option of making a report to law enforcement:

206-685-UWPD (8973)
http://www.washington.edu/admin/police/index.shtml

Other resources and support services for those who may be impacted by sexual violence, discrimination, or harassment:

Safe Campus
To report concerns regarding personal and workplace safety

206-685-SAFE (7233)
http://www.washington.edu/safecampus/

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

206-685-4357
http://depts.washington.edu/livewell/saris

Health and Wellness – UW Seattle
Consultation, assessment, and intervention services for students

206-543-6085
http://depts.washington.edu/livewell/

Counseling Centers
Confidential counseling services for currently enrolled students

Counseling Center – UW Seattle
206-543-1240
http://counseling.uw.edu/

Counseling Center – UW Bothell
(425) 352-3183
http://www.uwb.edu/studentservices/counseling

Counseling Center – UW Tacoma
253-692-4522
http://www.tacoma.washington.edu/studentaffairs/shw/scc_about.cfm

Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Assistance for graduate students

206-543-5139