What is Title IX?
Prohibition against discrimination. 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. Read the law in its entirety.
Universities across the country received this letter from the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in April 2011 and as a result, have developed support structures to continue to support students in receiving educational environments free from discrimination, including sexually based violence.
WSU has many ways for students to ensure their rightful access to education. President Elson Floyd charged a committee to help ensure that students have free access to an educational environment free from sex discrimination.
What’s considered discrimination?
Discrimination at Washington State University, on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical, mental or sensory disability, marital status, genetic information, and/or status as a veteran, is prohibited by federal law, state law and WSU policy.
Anyone who believes an act of discrimination or harassment took place at any facility or event affiliated with WSU Tri-Cities, or was committed by facility or event, or was committed by a WSU Tri-Cities student, employee or volunteer should contact a supervisor, faculty member/instructor, or administrator as soon as possible. A complaint may be filed locally at any time with Human Resources, the Student Affairs Office, Student Conduct Officer or Safety Coordinator. Complaints can also be filed at the listed Pullman offices below.
Sexual harassment and sexual assault are forms of discrimination and should be reported. Additionally, sexual assault and all other criminal acts should be reported to the police.
How to report
The complaint process for discrimination and sexual harassment follows student conduct procedures and is located at www.tricity.wsu.edu/studentconduct
Complaints or allegations of sexual harassment should be immediately reported to one of the following individuals at the Tri-Cities campus:
Chris Meiers, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Services
WSU Pullman Contacts
Office for Equal Opportunity
Human Resource Services
Office of Student Standards and Accountability
Mental Health Counselor
Department of Student Affairs
On campus: 2-7153