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Office of the Provost

November 2, 2017

Ensuring a safe environment for students, faculty and staff

Jerry Baldasty

In the University’s ongoing efforts to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct, SafeCampus has expanded its role as a resource to faculty and staff who become aware of situations that may involve sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, relationship violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual harassment.

If you become aware of such a circumstance — either because you witnessed something or someone disclosed to you — you do not have to handle the situation on your own. SafeCampus staff have expertise to help with complex issues and occurrences. All you need to do is contact them at:

  • 206.685.SAFE (7233) for UW Seattle
  • 425.685.SAFE (7233) for UW Bothell
  • 253.692.SAFE (7233) for UW Tacoma
  • safecampus@uw.edu

More information is available on the SafeCampus website.

Whether the situation took place on- or off-campus, and regardless of whether the individual who disclosed to you is a student, faculty or staff member, SafeCampus staff will reach out to the affected person, provide information about resources and support, and connect them with one of the University’s confidential advocates.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students or employees, which includes acts of sexual misconduct and sexual assault, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX (and by University policy in the Student Conduct Code, Executive Order 31, and Executive Order 51). Among the University’s responsibilities under Title IX is to respond to situations of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, relationship violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual harassment.

In May 2016, the UW created a Title IX Investigation Office to investigate complaints that a UW student has engaged in conduct that violates any of the sexual misconduct provisions of the Student Conduct Code. A Title IX Panel was also created — comprised of faculty members who are specially trained to adjudicate matters relating to sexual misconduct — to conduct appeals of the outcome of conduct matters by the investigation office.

Learn more about the UW’s sexual assault resources. Thank you for all you do to ensure that our students, faculty and staff have a safe place to learn, teach and discover.