Dear Western Community,
Western Washington University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs and activities that it operates. As a recipient of federal funds, the University is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments act of 1972 to not discriminate in such a manner. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admissions and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator or to the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, or both.
Pursuant to 34 CFR Part 106—NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF SEX IN EDUCATION PROGRAMS OR ACTIVITIES RECEIVING FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, Western has adopted the following interim policies and procedures addressing sexual harassment under Title IX:
- Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment Under Title I
- Title IX Grievance Procedure PRO-U1600.04A
Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time throughout the year, including during non-business hours.
Reporting Requirement under Western Policy 1600.04
Employees have a duty to promptly report to the Title IX Coordinator any known or suspected incidents of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct, with the exception of those employees statutorily excluded from this responsibility (confidential resources). Students and visitors are encouraged to report any known or suspected incidents of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct. The University prohibits retaliation or encouraging others to retaliate against anyone reporting or believed to have reported a violation of this policy. Retaliation will be considered as a separate action, under POL-U1600.02, whether or not the original complaint is substantiated. WWU will take responsive action if retaliation occurs.
Western’s Title IX Coordinator
Melynda Huskey, PhD.
Interim Executive Director, Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX Coordinator, ADA Coordinator
Western Washington University
Old Main 345; MS 9021
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 650-3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay)
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877-8339
To learn about filing a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, please go to: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html