If you have experienced sex- or gender-based discrimination, violence, or harassment, you have the right to make a formal complaint and request an investigation. You also have the right to supportive measures whether or not you chose to submit a formal complaint.
Two primary UW offices investigate sex- and gender-based violence and harassment.
University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO)
Investigates complaints about staff, faculty, and other academic personnel. UCIRO intake and investigation process overview.
Title IX Investigation Office
Investigates complaints about students. Title IX investigation process overview.
Learn more about the complaint and investigation process by speaking with a confidential advocate and/or scheduling an intake with the appropriate office.
A formal complaint is a request for the University to investigate alleged sexual misconduct. It must be submitted in writing by the person who experienced the conduct or by the Title IX Coordinator.
Formal complaints about employees can be submitted to the University Complaint Investigation Resolution Office (UCIRO). Formal complaints about students can be submitted to the Title IX Investigation Office. Confidential advocates can explain and answer questions about this process. Visit the Title IX Reporting Options page for more information.
The staff in the Office of the Title IX Coordinator can answer questions or address concerns about formal complaints or any other issue related to sex or gender discrimination.
Additional Reporting Options
Anyone can contact SafeCampus to report concerning behavior. SafeCampus is not an investigation office, but they can connect you with an investigation office and confidential advocate and/or work with other university partners to consider the best response to the information you share.
Human resources or student conduct offices may investigate some allegations depending upon who is involved and what the allegations include.
You have the right to report to the police and to make a formal complaint to the University. You can report to both, to just the police, to just the University, or to neither. It is your choice.
U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
Seattle Office | 915 Second Avenue, Room 3310 | Seattle, WA 98174-1099
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Seattle Field Office | Federal Office Building | 909 First Avenue, Suite 400 | Seattle, WA 98104-1061
Phone: 1-800-669-4000 TTY: 1-800-669-6820
Washington State Human Rights Commission
711 South Capitol Way, Suite 402 | P.O. Box 42490 | Olympia, WA 98504-2490