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.
- 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 resolution processes.
- 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.
Title IX Steering Committee
The Title IX Steering Committee, appointed by President Ana Mari Cauce, provides strategic guidance for Title IX-related work at all UW campuses and locations.
Valery Richardson (chair), Title IX Coordinator, Compliance Services
Glenna Chang, Associate Vice President for Student Life
Cynthia Dougherty, Faculty Senate Chair and Professor, UW Seattle
Mentha Hynes-Wilson, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UW Tacoma
Michaelann Jundt, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Mindy Kornberg, Vice President for Human Resources
Jill Lee, Executive Director, Compliance Services
Jack Martin, Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Fredrick Nafukho, Vice Provost for Academic Personnel
Erin O’Connell, Interim Athletic Director
Jodi Sandfort, Dean, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Margaret Shepherd, Chief of Staff and Chief Administrative Officer
Denzil J. Suite, Vice President for Student Life
Joy Williamson-Lott, Dean, Graduate School
Tim Wilson, Dean of Student Affairs, UW Bothell
Andrea Woody, Divisional Dean of Social Sciences
Jane Yung, Executive Compliance and Risk Officer
In 2017 The Title IX Steering Committee identified three Title IX-related strategic priorities for the University.
- Campus Climate. The working committee was appointed in 2020 to respond to the recommendations in the 2018 Campus Climate Work Group report.
- Training & Education. The working committee was appointed in 2019 to respond to the recommendations in the 2018 Education & Outreach Work Group report.
- Policy. The working committee was appointed in 2019 to respond to the recommendations in the 2019 Employee Responsibilities Work Group report.
UW Task Force
From 2013 to 2015, a UW Task Force on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response met and compiled eighteen recommendations. The Title IX Steering Committee provides ongoing governance of this work.