Skip to content

Civil Rights Investigation Office

The Civil Rights Investigation Office investigates complaints made about University employees and students that raise concerns relating to civil rights such as protection from discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and sexual misconduct.

With respect to University employees, the Investigation Office investigates allegations that a University employee may have violated the University’s policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual misconduct, and relationship conflict of interest. This includes complaints of discrimination or harassment based on: race, color, or creed; religion; national origin or citizenship status; sex; pregnancy; age; marital status; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; disability; and veteran status, as well as complaints against employees regarding domestic violence, relationship violence, stalking, sexual assault, retaliation, and relationship conflict of interest.

With respect to students, the Investigation Office investigates complaints that a University student may have engaged in conduct that violates any of the sexual misconduct provisions of the University of Washington’s Student Conduct Code (WAC 478-121), including sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, indecent exposure, relationship violence, stalking, and domestic violence.

The Investigation Office also investigates both employees and students who are alleged to have engaged in conduct that may have violated Title IX, including the Title IX regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education.

In general, the Investigation Office does not review complaints related to patient care in medical or healthcare settings. These complaints are addressed through the patient care process. It also does not investigate other forms of student misconduct. These complaints are addressed through other student conduct processes.

Contact the Civil Rights Investigation Office With a Concern

Anyone at any time can contact the Investigation Office about their concerns via email or by leaving a voicemail. When you contact the Investigation Office please let us know whether you are raising concerns about an employee, a student, or both. This will help ensure the information you provide is routed to the correct individual.

Phone: (206) 616-2028

Please consult our What to Expect page for more information.