Office of the President

Sexual assault prevention


June 28, 2018

Sexual harassment in academia is a problem we can address – together

Ana Mari Cauce

This week, I had the opportunity to take part in a livestreamed panel hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) about their recent report, Sexual Harassment of Women. The report offers recommendations for the cultural and systemic changes needed to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in the academic STEM fields and its release couldn’t be more timely, coinciding with the #metoo movement.


April 26, 2018

Understanding, preventing and responding to sexual harassment

Ana Mari Cauce

I sent the following message to all University of Washington faculty and staff today and I think it’s worth sharing with our whole community. Sexual harassment has the potential to affect everyone and it’s an issue we can and must work together to prevent and address.  As the #MeToo movement has brought attention to the pervasive…


November 20, 2017

Understanding your resources to prevent and address sexual misconduct

Ana Mari Cauce

It is our obligation to make sure that UW students understand the standards we hold them to as responsible members of the University community. These standards reflect our values, our policies, and state and federal law, including Title IX, which prohibits sexual harassment, sexual assault and other forms of discrimination on the basis of sex. For our faculty and staff, it’s also important to be aware of these policies and the role we all play in upholding these responsibilities.


September 13, 2017

UW remains committed to preventing and addressing campus sexual assault

Ana Mari Cauce

Last week, we learned that the U.S. Department of Education plans to revise existing guidelines for protecting students from — and responding to — sexual violence under the gender equity law, Title IX. While we don’t yet know exactly what those changes will be, or how they will be implemented, I want to state clearly that our commitment to preventing violence and to properly investigating and addressing allegations is unwavering.


May 18, 2016

New resources for investigating and responding to sexual misconduct

Ana Mari Cauce

As a University, we must do all that we can to prevent and respond compassionately and effectively to sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, relationship violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual harassment. To improve our ability to do so, we have created a Title IX Investigation Office, which as of May 16 is responsible for investigating…


October 30, 2014

Progress in sexual assault prevention at the UW

Michael K. Young

We are in the midst of a transformative national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses. Two years ago, I established the UW’s Task Force on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, a group of students, staff and academic personnel, to take the lead on this issue. The group established guiding principles to lay the foundation…


August 14, 2014

Addressing sexual assault at the University of Washington

Michael K. Young

Students are the University’s and my highest priority, from learning opportunities and personal growth experiences to safety and equality. In my conversation with KUOW Public Radio‘s Marcie Sillman today, we discussed how the UW is actively addressing sexual assault, as well as student-athlete compensation. You can listen to it online at kuow.org.


January 10, 2014

Ending the problem of sexual assault

Office of the President

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff: I am writing to address a matter of great and grave importance. One of my hopes, as 2014 begins, is that this will be the year we collectively resolve to lead the way to ending the chronic and abhorrent problem of sexual assault on college campuses. While we can be…