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What is Title IX and why is it important?

October 30, 2023

Message to UW Students

Dear UW Students,

Title IX and other federal and state laws prohibit all forms of sex- and gender-based discrimination. Sex- and gender-based discrimination includes sexual harassment, relationship violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and sexual assault. Title IX also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, and pregnancy and related conditions.

How can the UW Title IX Office help?

Title IX case managers in the Office of the Title IX Coordinator will:

  • provide information, resources, and options to individuals who experience sex- and gender-based violence, harassment, and discrimination; they can help you support a friend, too.
  • help implement supportive measures – like changes in class schedules or mutual restrictions on communication between two individuals.
  • explain the formal complaint option, which is a request for the university to investigate prohibited conduct, and discuss how an investigation will progress and what to expect.
  • assist students who are pregnant or experiencing related conditions get support and reasonable adjustments to ensure they are not denied or limited access to their classes or related activities.

How do I get information and support from Title IX?

Starting this year, students can submit online reports directly to the Title IX Office. When submitting a report, students can choose to remain anonymous and/or not share their own or others’ names to protect an individual’s identity. Learn more about how to make a report and what happens after you submit a report on the Title IX “Make a Report” page.

Consider seeking confidential support.

The Office of the Title IX Coordinator strives to protect the privacy of individuals involved in Title IX-related matters but is not a confidential resource. If you have experienced sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or sexual harassment, and are seeking confidential support, consider contacting a university confidential advocate before submitting an online Title IX report.

Lastly, we are awaiting new Title IX regulations from the U.S. Department of Education. When those regulations are finalized, information will be available on the UW’s Title IX website. Have an excellent year and thank you for working with us to provide inclusive, welcoming communities for all UW students.


Valery Richardson
Title IX Coordinator – University of Washington

Mentha Hynes-Wilson
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs – Tacoma Campus

Denzil Suite
Vice President for Student Life – Seattle Campus

Tim Wilson
Dean of Student Affairs – Bothell Campus