Civil rights and employment compliance

diverse group of adults at a cafeteria tableOpportunity, accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion are implicit in the mission of every public research institution – not just because they are reflected in laws and regulations – but because they provide an essential foundation for higher education’s primary functions: teaching, research, and service. The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender orientation or expression, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Topic areas

These are some of the areas at the University of Washington that are governed by federal and state laws and regulations:

Disability Accommodation (ADA)
Equal Opportunity in Education Based on Sex/Gender (Title IX)
Safety of Minors
Discrimination and harassment
Workers’ Compensation​
Leave Administration​
Labor Relations​
Equal Employment and Affirmative Action

 Laws and policy

The University of Washington Civil Rights/Employment Compliance report catalogs applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, as well as the University policy, boards and committees, and service provider offices that support the management of the University’s compliance obligations. Reports are reviewed and updated every 18 months.

Process improvement

Thirteen projects were recently undertaken across the University in six major compliance areas. For civil rights/employment compliance, the projects were: 1) Implementation of Student Conduct Code Revision, and 2) Disability Services Governance Task Force. Project completion updates were presented to the Board of Regents in July 2018. The initial civil rights/employment assessment and project plan was presented to the Board of Regents in April 2017.