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Mission and vision

We enter this work with the understanding that experiences of discrimination, harassment, and violence impact individuals of all genders, sexual orientations, races, religions, abilities, citizenship statuses, socioeconomic means, and other identities, and that impacts can be disproportionate based on a person’s identity(ies) and power. And, we know that discrimination, harassment, and violence impact not only the individual who experienced the harm but also the communities in which they live, study, and work.


The University of Washington carries out the objectives of Title IX through a coordinated system of initiatives, programs, and services that collectively protect educational access, advance gender equity, and prevent and respond to sex- and gender-based discrimination, violence, and harassment. Title IX applies to and protects students, staff, faculty, other academic personnel, and visitors at the Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma campuses, all UW medical centers and clinics, as well as other sites and programs affiliated with the University.


The University strives to be a leader and model within higher education for achieving gender equity, and providing and maintaining a respectful learning and working environment free from sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender discrimination.

Guiding Values

  • Survivor choice: providing options and support resources to those who experience sex- and gender-based discrimination, violence, and harassment.
  • Community responsibility: working to prevent harm to members of the UW community and appropriately respond when harm occurs
  • Equity: ensuring equitable access to academic and workplace activities, providing support resources to all members of the UW community, and using equitable procedures and due process for both/all parties during investigations and adjudications.
  • Moving beyond compliance: Title IX and related laws provide a floor or a foundation from which we can build services, programs, and systems that collectively move us beyond compliance towards prevention, inclusion, and equity. Focusing solely on what the law requires is not sufficient, and we are committed to moving beyond compliance.