Title IX


NOTICE: The 2020 Department of Education federal regulations (EDFR), effective August 14, 2020, define sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct more narrowly than UW policy and require specific procedures for investigating and adjudicating allegations that meet the federal definitions and other criteria, such as where alleged conduct occurred.

In compliance with these regulations, the University published Executive Order No. 70, Compliance with Education Department Sexual Harassment Regulations and Part VII of the Student Conduct Code, contained in chapter 478-121 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). Both are responsive to the new federal regulations and contain EDFR grievance procedures for employees (Executive Order 70) and students (Part VII of the Student Conduct Code).

In addition to the policy and code updates required by the 2020 federal regulations, other University policies prohibit and/or outline processes to address sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence, and other sexual misconduct.  Some individual schools or departments have professionalism policies that cover other conduct. Links to some of the University’s policies are below.  UW will continue to address all reports of sexual misconduct and will assess formal complaints to determine if UW policy and/or the federal regulations apply.

Non-discrimination and Affirmative Action (Executive Order No. 31)
The University’s policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

Sexual Violence Elimination (Executive Order No. 51)
The University’s policy prohibiting sexual misconduct, including domestic violence, relationship violence, sexual assault, and stalking and addressing prevention and response.

Employee-Student Romantic Relationships and Conflicts of Interest (Executive Order No. 54)
The University’s policy regarding employees engaging in romantic relationships with students, actual or perceived conflicts of interest, and exercising authority over a student.

Compliance with Education Department Sexual Harassment Regulations (Executive Order No. 70) The University’s policy implementing the 2020 federal Title IX rules which apply to students and employees. This policy outlines the grievance procedures UW must use for employee respondents when the Department of Education’s federal Title IX regulations are implicated.

Policy on Domestic Violence in the Workplace and Reasonable Acommodations and Leave Related to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking (Administrative Policy Statement 46.8)
The University’s policy regarding reasonable accommodation and leave available to University employees impacted by domestic violence/relationship violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Violence in the workplace includes relationship violence and stalking that intrudes into the workplace.

Resolution of Complaints Against University Employees (Administrative Policy Statement 46.3)
The University’s policy covering reporting options and investigation process for complaints alleging that the behavior of University employees may have violated the University’s non-discrimination and non-retaliation policies (Executive Order No. 31).

Student Conduct Policy for Discriminatory and Sexual Harassment, Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, and Retaliation (Student Governance and Policies, Chapter 210)
Student Conduct policy designed to comply with the University’s responsibilities under federal and state civil rights laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2013, and the Washington Administrative Code.

Student Conduct Code for the University of Washington  (Chapter 478-121 WAC)
The Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Chapter detailing the Student Conduct Code for the University of Washington.

Tenure of the Faculty, (Faculty Code and Governance, Chapter 25)
Adjudicative Proceedings for the Resolution of Differences (Faculty Code and Governance, Chapter 28)
The faculty code chapters and sections that address standards of conduct, grounds for removal, and adjudication procedures.

Title IX Policy Working Committee 

This group was charged to propose revisions to relevant polices with two initial areas of focus: a) expectations of employees who become aware of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other sexual misconduct; and b) expectations that all members of the UW community receive training on preventing and responding to these behaviors. To learn more, see the committee’s charge, as well as the Report of the Employee Responsibilities Work Group and the Report of the Education & Outreach Work Group.