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Washington State University Compliance and Civil Rights

Annual Security and Fire Report | 2020 Calendar Year

Pullman | 2021-2022

EDUCATION/ AWARENESS/ PREVENTION

 

Table of Contents

1 – To the WSU Community
1.1 – WSU’s Non-discrimination Policy
2 – Support Resources On and Off Campus
3 – Preparation of the Annual Security Report
4 – Campus Law Enforcement
4.1 – Reporting to Law Enforcement
4.2 – Commitment to Safety
4.3 – Enforcement Authority and Jurisdiction of Security Personnel
4.4 – Cadet Program
4.5 – Relationship between Campus Security Personnel and State or Local Police Agencies
4.6 – Procedures for Pastoral and Professional Counselors
4.6.1 – Professional Counselor Definition
4.6.2 – Pastoral Counselor Definition
5 – Reporting Crimes or Emergencies
5.1 – Reporting Criminal Actions or Other Emergencies to Law Enforcement
5.1.1 – Reporting a Property Crime
5.1.2 – Reporting an Assault (Physical and/or Sexual)
5.2 – Reporting to Campus Security Authorities
5.2.1 – Campus Security Authority List
5.3 – Voluntary, Confidential Reporting
5.4 – Reporting to a University Department
5.5 – General Tips for Staying Safe
6 – Reporting Options and Response to Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking
6.1 – WSU Policy
6.1.1 – WSU Policy Definitions
6.1.2 – Washington State Definitions – effective until July 1, 2022
6.1.3 – Washington State Definitions – effective on July 1, 2022
6.1.4 – Definitions Contained in the Violence Against Women Act
6.2 – Preserving Evidence
6.3 – Protection Orders and No-Contact Orders
6.4 – Reporting Options
6.4.1 – Reporting to Law Enforcement
6.4.2 – Reporting to WSU
6.5 – Confidential Counseling Protected by Law
6.6 – WSU Amnesty Statement when Reporting Sexual Violence
6.7 – Confidentiality in University Investigative Processes
6.8 – Campus Investigative Procedures
6.8.1 – Informal Resolution Process
6.8.2 – Investigation Process
6.9 – Standard of Evidence
6.10 – Additional Rights and Process During an Investigation
6.11 – Protective/Supportive Measures
6.12 – Campus Sanctioning/Disciplinary Procedures – Students
6.13 – Campus Sanctioning/Disciplinary Procedures – Employees
6.14 – Possible Sanctions
7 – Education, Training, and Prevention Programs
7.1 – Campus Security Programs
7.2 – Prevention Programs
7.2.1 – Available Education for Incoming Students
7.2.2 – Student-Athlete Education
7.2.3 – Campus Disciplinary Processes
7.2.4 – Ally Training
7.2.5 – Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence Prevention Training
7.2.6 – Equity Education and Training
7.2.7 – Bystander Intervention
7.2.8 – Risk Reduction
8 – Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications
8.1 – Timely Warning Notifications
8.2 – Dissemination of a Timely Warning
9 – Emergency Response, Notifications, and Evacuation Procedures
9.1 – Emergency Notification
9.2 – Dissemination of an Emergency Notification
9.3 – Drills, Exercises and Training
10 – Campus Security
10.1 – Campus Housing Safety
10.2 – Measures to Secure Entrances to Student Housing Facilities
10.3 – Safety Considerations in the Maintenance of Campus Facilities
10.4 – Students Events and Organizations
10.5 – Blue Light Phones
10.6 – Elevator Telephones
10.7 – Student Care Network
10.8 – Student Care Team
10.9 – Campus Patrol
10.10 – Daily Crime and Fire Log
11 – Drug and Alcohol Policies and Programs
11.1 – WSU Policies Governing Alcohol and Other Drugs
11.2 – Workplace Policy
11.3 – Student Policy
11.3.1 – University Alcohol and Drug Policy
11.3.2 – Applicable Standards of Conduct for Students
11.3.3 – Good Samaritan Guideline
11.4 – Medical and Recreational Cannabis
11.5 – Drug and Alcohol Education Programs
12 – Additional Campus Security Policies or Resources
12.1 – Missing Student Policy
12.1.1 – Contact Person Policy
12.1.2 – Procedures
12.2 – Weapons Policy
12.3 – Sexual or Violent Offenders List
13 – Housing and Fire Safety
13.1 – On Campus Student Housing Fire Safety Systems
13.2 – Student Housing Evacuation Procedures
13.3 – On Campus Housing Fire Safety Regulations
13.4 – Fire Drills for Residence Halls
13.5 – Plans for Future Improvement in Fire Safety
14 – University Fire Safety Resources and Education Programs
14.1 – Education and Training Programs
14.2 – Resources
14.3 – Reporting in Case of a Fire
15 – Crime Definitions under Federal Law
16 – Crime Definitions under Washington State Law
17 – Crime Statistics – Pullman
17.1 – Preparation of Crime Statistics
17.2 – Crime Statistics
18 – Fire Statistics – Pullman
19 – Campus Geography
19.1 – Crime Statistics Geographic Area
19.1.1 – Campus Map – Pullman

 


Section 1 | To the WSU Community

Kirk Schulz, WSU President

President Kirk Schulz

Ensuring the safety of the entire University community—students, faculty, staff, and visitors across our statewide system—is one of our highest institutional priorities.

How do we support this priority? We have made two major commitments: 1) to regularly update and improve our campus safety plans and 2) to engage the entire Cougar family in participating in safety initiatives.

Dedicated safety personnel on each campus have collaborated to create plans for maintaining a secure, supportive community. They foster a culture that treats each individual with dignity and respect. They build upon resources that deliver care and assistance to each individual with whom they interact.

Simultaneously, we place a premium on educating our community members to take responsibility for their own personal safety. Each of us has an important role to play in creating a safe environment. Our choices can impact those around us.

The University is well-prepared to help you make choices that are thoughtful and informed. Our safety resources are among the most comprehensive offered by any college or university in the nation.

I encourage you to review this report. It provides important details about the safety resources available to you. Working together, WSU’s campuses will continue to be among the safest and most welcoming in the United States.

Go Cougs!

Bill Gardner, WSU Director of Public Safety

Photo of Bill Gardner, WSU Director of Public Safety

It is a pleasure to welcome you to Washington State University. Our Public Safety mission is to maintain a secure environment for students, employees, and campus visitors. This brochure, prepared in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act of 1990, contains helpful information about a number of safety related issues. We hope that as you become familiar with the contents of this publication you’ll feel comfortable with the safety resources available to you on campus, that you’ll know how to report a crime or suspicious behavior, and that you’ll be prepared to respond successfully to an emergency. While following prescribed safety tips and procedures is important, the best safety is a result of your willingness to help another- “Cougs helping Cougs” describes a longstanding tradition at WSU, and we urge you to be a part of it.

Go Cougs!

Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police, Pullman Police Department

Photo of Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police, Pullman Police Department

On behalf of the Pullman Police Department, I would like to welcome new and returning Cougs to Pullman! My staff and I are committed to the safety of the Pullman community, and will work tirelessly to prevent crime and personal injury for all who live and learn in the City of Pullman. We work closely with our partners at the WSU Police Department, as well as with WSU faculty, staff, and student organizations, to maintain a safe community environment. I look forward to working with each of you in our continued effort to keep this a great place to live, work, and learn. Best wishes for a rewarding, successful, and safe year!


1.1 | WSU’s Non-discrimination Policy

WSU is and equal opportunity employer and committed to providing an environment free from harassment, including sexual violence, and discrimination based on race, color, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital status, genetic information, status as an honorably discharged veteran or member of the military, physical, mental, or sensory disability, including disability requiring the use of a trained service animal, and immigration or citizenship status, except as authorized by federal or state law, regulation, or government contract. Please direct any inquiries regarding WSU’s non-discrimination policy or procedures to WSU Compliance and Civil Rights at ccr@wsu.edu, via telephone at 509-335-8288, or in person at French Administration Building, Room 225. For more information on WSU’s policies, please visit: the WSU Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy (Executive Policy 12) or the WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment (Executive Policy 15).

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Section 2 | Support Resources On and Off Campus

Washington State University students and employees have access to a number of support and reporting options. The below list includes a brief description of the relevant offices and agencies.

WSU Compliance and Civil Rights (CCR)

Complaint Investigation, Executive Policy #15, Civil Rights Consultation and Technical Guidance, Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Compliance, Title IX Compliance, Clery Compliance, ADA Compliance, and Education and Training. CCR is WSU’s central intake and referral office for reports or formal complaints of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct from students, staff, faculty, and visitors or guests. CCR is a resource for the university community for questions relating to civil rights compliance, requirements, and obligations.

The Center for Community Standards (CCS)

The Center for Community Standards contributes to a community which encourages and educates everyone to make positive choices and share messages of our values. Occasionally students make choices that put those values at risk. The community standards process is designed to support those students, uphold their rights and responsibilities, and hold them accountable for behaviors that conflict with our community standards.

WSU Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students are your partners in navigating the WSU experience. This might include working through a complex process, answering questions, or connecting students to a much-needed resource.

Student Care Network

WSU’s Student Care Network is dedicated to supporting student success across the system through early intervention.

Housing and Residence Life

Housing and Residence Life staff are trained in safety standards and supporting students. Students housed in on-campus residences can seek support from their resident assistants and Residential Education Directors.

Human Resource Services (HRS)

Human Resource Services is committed to providing effective, high quality human resource management to the University community. Working collaboratively, Human Resource Services provides expertise and best practices in all areas of human resource management including recruitment and retention, employee relations, training, benefits management, labor relations, disability services, records administration, and employee recognition.

WSU Employee Assistance Program – Employees

WSU EAP provides confidential and private counseling to WSU employees and can provide information about referrals and service provider options in the local community.

WSU Office of the Ombudsman

The primary purpose of the office is to protect the interests, rights, and privileges of students, staff, and faculty at all levels of university operations and programs. The ombudsman is designated by the university to function as an impartial and neutral resource to assist all members of the university community. The ombudsman provides information relating to university policies and procedures and facilitates the resolution of problems and grievances through informal investigation and mediation.

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Develops and administers a comprehensive emergency management program to encompass the main WSU campus, as well as regional campuses, research stations and sites throughout the state. This program works in partnership with academic colleges and departments, operating divisions and units, and the staff, faculty and students of WSU in conjunction with federal, state and local jurisdictions to protect lives and safety of students, faculty staff, visitors & animals; safeguard critical infrastructure, facilities, environment, essential records & research; and resume operations as soon as practicable.

Washington State University Police Department (WSUPD)

Washington State University Police Department, in partnership with the campus community, is to cultivate an atmosphere which supports the educational process and promotes academic and personal achievement, and community prosperity.

Pullman Police Department

The Pullman Police Department embraces the community-oriented policing model of active community engagement and cooperation. Striving to work in partnership with the community, recognizing the value of engagement and collaboration toward improving public safety.

WSU Cougar Health Services – Students

WSU Cougar Health Services offers a range of health services for students on campus, including confidential and private Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Promotion, Medical Clinic, Pharmacy, and Vision Clinic. The Medical Clinic provides confidential, patient-centered care to survivors of sexual assault. Advocacy and support are available on site through a partnership with ATVP.

Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse

ATVP provides supportive services to all victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse, and stalking. Among the many supportive services offered (shelter, crisis intervention, support group, etc…), ATVP’s legal advocates can help you assess safety needs and help you obtain protective orders. Services are confidential, free of charge and offered without discrimination. The hotline is available 24 hours a day. ATVP also houses the Whitman County Crime Victim Service Center, which offers many of these services to all victims of crime.

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Section 3 | Preparation of the Annual Security Report

Washington State University (WSU) prepares this report in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), as well as the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act, using information obtained by the WSU Clery Compliance Committee comprised of representatives from various WSU offices including, but not limited to, the WSU Police Department (WSU PD), WSU Compliance and Civil Rights (CCR), the Center for Community Standards (CCS), Cougar Health Services (CHS), Housing and Residence Life, and the Office of Emergency Management.

Additionally, information is gathered from Campus Security Authorities, local law enforcement agencies (including the Pullman Police Department (Pullman PD) and the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office), and information provided by other surrounding law enforcement agencies.

The report also includes statistics for the previous three calendar years (2018, 2019, and 2020) concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, and in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by WSU. In accordance with the Clery Act, the statistics contained in this report are limited to specific crimes occurring within a designated geographic area.

The statistics in this report may vary from statistics maintained within other WSU offices authorized to receive reports of incidents implicating laws and WSU policies, such as the WSU Police Department, the Pullman Police Department, WSU Compliance and Civil Rights, the Center for Community Standards, and/or Cougar Health Services.

The Clery Act promotes campus safety by providing information to students, parents, employees, and the WSU community about public safety, crime prevention, and response efforts by WSU. It also promotes transparency about crimes that occur on campus and other threats to health and safety. To further those efforts, this report provides information on education, prevention, and awareness efforts by WSU to empower the WSU community to take a more active role in their personal safety and security.

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Section 4 | Campus Law Enforcement

The Washington State University Police Department (WSU PD) is the primary police agency for the Washington State University – Pullman campus.  Individuals may also contact external agencies, including the Pullman Police Department, the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, or other law enforcement agencies.

4.1 | Reporting to Law Enforcement

For incidents that are currently occurring, recently occurred, or need immediate assistance, please dial 911. For incidents of a non-emergency nature, please dial 509-332-2521. All calls will be answered by Whitcom, the local emergency dispatch center, which manages consolidated dispatch operations for police, fire, and EMS units for multiple counties, including Whitman County. A dispatcher will collect your information and determine the appropriate police, fire, and/or medical aid required.

4.2 | Commitment to Safety

WSU PD strives to educate the campus community and maintain a reasonably safe environment on campus. WSU encourages accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to the campus police, WSU PD, and to the appropriate police agencies (including Whitman County Sheriff’s Office and the Pullman Police Department), when the victim of a crime elects to, or is unable to, make such a report.

In 2020, WSU PD personnel provided 18 educational and prevention driven programs to students. Additionally, each residence hall on campus has an assigned police officer representative that works closely with hall staff to provide general crime prevention and safety programs for the residents. Although WSU PD takes many steps to educate and maintain safety on campus, each individual within the campus community plays a role and it is important to be aware of surroundings and use reasonable judgment when living, working, or visiting on campus. Please report suspicious or criminal activities to law enforcement at 509-332-2521 or 911.

4.3 | Enforcement Authority and Jurisdiction of Security Personnel

The WSU PD is empowered through Chapter 43.101 of the Revised Code of Washington, and has the authority to arrest. Each WSU PD officer receives the same basic training as city and county peace officers throughout Washington State in addition to training specific to the unique needs of a campus environment. The WSU campus and various WSU-operated properties represents the primary jurisdiction of WSU PD. WSU PD handles all patrol, investigation, crime prevention education, and related law enforcement duties for the campus community. WSU PD operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provides service by vehicle, bicycle, and on foot.

The WSU Police Department is Comprised of:

  • 21 Sworn Officers
  • 55 Student Cadets
  • 5 Support Services Staff Members
  • 1 Fire and Safety Compliance Officer

4.5 | Cadet Program

The WSU Police Corps program is operated through WSU PD and is designed as a training program for students interested in a career in law enforcement. The cadets complete an annual training academy of over 100 hours. After completing training, they are allowed to ride along with officers of WSU PD, Pullman Police Department (PD), and Whitman County Sheriff’s Office to gain hands-on experience in the field of law enforcement. Officers of these participating agencies mentor and guide the students in this program which has proven to be valuable hands-on experience. The program also provides security for the general campus area, veterinary medicine, athletic events, and other general events on campus. This program has proven its success by annually producing quality law enforcement officer recruits to agencies around the state.

4.5 | Relationship between Campus Security Personnel and State or Local Police Agencies

WSU PD maintains a collaborative and close relationship with the City of Pullman PD, especially when addressing matters that impact the WSU campus and community. Local collaboration includes interoperative radio capability, a joint police records computer system (with the City and County), training programs, and at times, investigation of incidents. Additionally, WSU PD also collaborates with the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol, and various state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Generally, WSU PD does not provide law enforcement services to off-campus residences or properties of students and student organizations. Pullman PD typically provides these services. WSU relies on the close working relationship with Pullman PD to receive information about incidents involving WSU students and recognized student organizations.

All recognized WSU student organizations must abide by federal, state, and local laws and WSU policies. WSU may become involved in off-campus conduct of students and recognized student organizations when such conduct is determined to affect a substantial university interest, as defined in the Standards of Conduct for Students Policy.

4.6 | Procedures for Pastoral and Professional Counselors

Campus “pastoral counselors” and campus “professional counselors,” when acting as such, are not considered to be a campus security authority, and are not required to report crimes for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

However, professional counselors are encouraged, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for inclusion into the annual crime statistics.

4.6.1 | Professional Counselor Definition

An employee of an institution whose official responsibilities include providing psychological counseling to members of the institution’s community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification.

4.6.2 | Pastoral Counselor Definition

An employee of an institution who is associated with a religious order or denomination recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling and who is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor.

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Section 5 | Reporting Crimes or Emergencies

There are various ways for students, faculty, staff, and WSU community members to report crimes, incidents, and other emergencies to law enforcement, appropriate WSU officials, or confidentially to crime victim advocates, medical providers, or mental health providers.  In addition, there are option for reporting anonymously for the purpose of inclusion in the annual crime statistics disclosure.   This chapter will describe the various reporting options. Please note, reporting regarding dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking will be covered more thoroughly in the next chapter.

5.1 | Reporting Criminal Actions or Other Emergencies to Law Enforcement

Individuals can report in progress crimes and other emergencies by dialing 911 or crimes that are not in progress by dialing 509-332-2521. This allows the WSU Police Department to take action to address the concern and consider issuing a Timely Warning or Emergency Notification if there is an ongoing threat to the safety of the campus community or an immediate threat occurring on campus.

Individuals can report in progress crimes and other emergencies by dialing 911 or crimes that are not in progress by dialing 509-332-2521. This allows the WSU Police Department to take action to address the concern and consider issuing a Timely Warning or Emergency Notification if there is an ongoing threat to the safety of the campus community or an immediate threat occurring on campus.

WSU encourages accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to campus public safety officials and the appropriate police agencies, when the victim of a crime elects to, or is unable to, make such a report.  Reports can be made to the WSU Police Department, or one of the local or state police agencies, including the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office and Pullman Police Department.

For incidents that are currently occurring, recently occurred, or need immediate assistance, please dial 911. For incidents of a non-emergency nature, please dial 509-332-2521. All calls will be answered by Whitcom, the local emergency dispatch center, which manages consolidated dispatch operations for police, fire, and EMS units for multiple counties, including Whitman County. A dispatcher will collect your information and determine the appropriate police, fire, and/or medical aid required.

5.1.1 | Reporting a Property Crime

  1. Report your loss or damages to the police department as soon as possible – Report to law enforcement by calling 509-332-2521.
  2. Don’t touch anything until police are able to examine the area.
  3. Be prepared to provide serial numbers or identifying marks or characteristics of the items taken.
  4. Be alert for more damage or items missing that may come to your attention.
  5. Itemize your valuables and write down serial numbers.
  6. Mark your items for identification with your driver’s license number.
  7. If you have unique or valuable items, photograph them and keep the pictures or video with your list of serial numbers.

5.1.2 | Reporting an Assault (Physical and/or Sexual)

  1. Report the assault to police as soon as possible — dial 911. May also report to the university and/or seek confidential services through WSU Cougar Health Counseling and Psychological Services. They can be contacted at 509-335-4511, and are located on the 3rd floor of the Washington Building.
  2. If you’ve been injured, seek medical attention. When you call to report, tell the communications center you’ve been hurt. They will assist you in getting aid.
  3. If you are reporting a sexual assault, refrain from showering, washing your hands, or washing your clothes. This will help preserve evidence that may be necessary to prove a criminal offense.
  4. Support and counseling resources are available. The Directory of Services lists contact information If you don’t know who to call or where to start, ask the police officer for help.

5.2 | Reporting to Campus Security Authorities

Individuals may report to a Campus Security Authority for the purpose of making timely warning report or for inclusion in the annual crime statistics disclosure.  A Campus Security Authority (CSA) includes designated WSU officials and offices who are an “official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial disciplinary proceedings.” The CSAs report incidents for the purpose of inclusion in the statistics provided in this report to the WSU Police Department directly or by submitting them online, which are then distributed to the appropriate office.

A pastoral or professional counselor within the institution is not considered a campus security authority when “acting as a pastoral or professional counselor,” and is not required to report crimes for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

5.2.1 | Campus Security Authority List

Although there are many CSAs; WSU officially designates the following key departments and/or titles as locations where individuals should report crimes for the purpose of making timely warning reports and the annual statistical disclosure. Additional information on CSA’s can be found on the Campus Security Authorities & CLERY Act page.

WSU Police Department | 2201 E. Grimes Way PO Box 641072 | Emergency – 911 | Non-Emergency – 509-332-2521

Title IX Coordinator | French Administration 134, PO Box 641022 | 509-335-8288

WSU Compliance and Civil Rights | French Administration 225, PO Box 641022 | 509-335-8288

Center for Community Standards | French Administration 130, PO Box 641040 | 509-335-4532

Department of Housing and Residence Life | Streit-Perham Administration Suite, PO Box 641722 | 509-335-1227

Office of the Dean of Students | French Administration 122, PO Box 641013 | 509-335-5757

Cougar Health Services | Washington Building, PO Box 642302 | 509-335-3575

5.3 | Voluntary, Confidential Reporting

WSU provides a number of ways individuals can report crimes, serious incidents, and other emergencies. However, in the event that you or someone you know, decides not to report the incident to the university or law enforcement for investigation, you still have the option of filing a voluntary, confidential report.

Reporting anonymously allows WSU to include the record of the report in the annual disclosure of crime statistics included in this report. Reporting anonymously also allows victims to gather information and learn about options available to them, before deciding on an appropriate option. Individuals may contact the relevant local agency (e.g. the WSU Police Department at 509-335-8548, or the Pullman Police Department at 509-334-0802) to determine the level of anonymity available prior to reporting a crime. Please note that some limitations may exist depending upon the circumstances of the crime. Reports of sexual assault may be made anonymously to the WSU Police Department. Additionally, individuals may report discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct, as defined by the WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment, Executive Policy 15 (EP 15), anonymously to WSU Compliance and Civil Rights in person, emailing ccr@wsu.edu, by calling 509-335-8288, or through CCR’s Sharing Concerns webpage, for services and options, as well as inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

Individuals can also seek confidential services from WSU Counseling and Psychological Services or WSU Cougar Health Services, and/or from local advocacy groups (e.g. Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, located in Pullman and 24-hour telephone: 509-332-4357). For state-wide advocacy groups see the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.

5.4 | Reporting to a University Department

Any member of the university community may submit a complaint that a student or recognized or registered student organization violated the standards of conduct to the Center for Community Standards.

Center for Community Standards | French Administration 130, PO Box 641040 | 509-335-4532 | Online Reporting Form

Individuals may report crimes implicating the WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment, Executive Policy 15 (EP 15), to the Title IX Coordinator or WSU Compliance and Civil Rights. More information on reporting:

Title IX Coordinator | French Administration 134, PO Box 641022 | 509-335-8288 ccr@wsu.edu

WSU Compliance and Civil Rights | French Administration 225, PO Box 641022 | 509-335-8288 | CCR’s Sharing Concerns webpage

In addition, consistent with WSU’s Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment, Executive Policy 15 (EP 15), most WSU employees, with limited exceptions, are required to report an incident or situation involving sexual harassment or sexual misconduct to WSU Compliance and Civil Rights or to one of the designated Title IX Coordinators. Similarly, individuals with supervisory responsibilities are required to report incidents or situations involving discrimination to WSU Compliance and Civil Rights. Additional information on reporting requirements, including information on those exempt from reporting under EP 15 are posted on the CCR Reporting Requirements page.

5.5 | General Tips for Staying Safe

Most crime is committed as a result of opportunity. The best prevention is to eliminate opportunities.

  1. Keep your residence doors, including residence hall room doors, locked at all times.
  2. Lock up electronics and other valuables.
  3. Report suspicious persons or activities.
  4. Report safety hazards, unsafe lighting, and defective equipment.
  5. Avoid walking alone at night. Let people know where you are going.
  6. Plan your walk by choosing a safe, well-lighted, and populated route.
  7. Be aware of your surroundings. Know where you are and where you are going. Know what to expect.
  8. Get to know your roommates and neighbors. Encourage checking on each other often.
  9. If consuming alcohol or other substances, do so safely. Pour your own drinks and use the buddy system when going out with friends.
  10. Learn non-violent intervention techniques to help your fellow Cougs. Sign up for a bystander intervention training through Cougar Health Services.

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Section 6 | Reporting Options and Response to Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking

There are several options in seeking care for an individual impacted by sexual violence, which includes sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. WSU provides access to both confidential and non-confidential resources. Victims/survivors are encouraged to access whichever resource they feel most comfortable with.

A current listing of resources for victims/survivors is maintained and posted by CCR. Victims/survivors can choose to seek medical care, even if they are unsure whether they want to make a police report or if they choose not to move forward with a criminal investigation.  Victims/survivors can also seek support and referral information directly from WSU Compliance and Civil Rights or a local law enforcement agency.

A healthcare provider can help assess well-being and personal safety, provide any necessary medical treatment and refer students to counseling and other resources.

Healthcare providers at Pullman Regional Hospital offer Sexual Assault Forensic Exams to collect physical evidence for use in a law enforcement investigation and possible prosecution. Victims/survivors do not have to speak to the police in order to receive a forensic exam. Healthcare providers will explain the exam process before beginning and can answer any questions about what will happen during the exam. It is important to preserve any evidence that may be necessary to prove a criminal offense. Preservation includes refraining from showering or bathing and saving articles of clothing worn during the assault. Victims/survivors have the option to be accompanied by a support person, such as a friend or an advocate, during medical appointments and/or exams.

Within the community, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse (ATVP) also provides support to victims/survivors, as well as support for friends and family of victims/survivors. Their services are free a confidential. ATVP can be reached on their 24-hour telephone line at 509-332-4357.

Reports of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking may be made anonymously to the WSU Police Department or to the Pullman Police Department. Additionally, individuals may report or file a formal complaint of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking to WSU Compliance and Civil Rights in person, emailing ccr@wsu.edu, by calling 509-335-8288, or through CCR’s Sharing Concerns webpage.

6.1 | WSU Policy

WSU prohibits the crimes of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. These crimes are defined in WSU Policy in Executive Policy 15 and in the WSU Standards of Conduct for Students.  WSU community members are also subject to Washington State laws prohibiting these crimes. The various definitions are listed in the below sections.

6.1.1 | WSU Policy Definitions

WSU is subject to multiple federal and state laws and regulations regarding sexual harassment and sex and gender-based violence, each with differing requirements. WSU Executive Policy 15 prohibits sexual harassment as defined under Title IX Sexual Harassment, pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. WSU Executive Policy 15 also prohibits conduct that does not meet the Title IX definition of sexual harassment yet is contrary to WSU’s mission and values, including conduct occurring in the workplace implicating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the Washington Law Against Discrimination. Such conduct is defined under Other Sexual Harassment Violations.

Title IX Sexual Harassment Definitions

For the purposes of Title IX sexual harassment, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the university’s education program or activity. The Title IX Sexual Harassment section of Executive Policy #15 applies to all students, faculty, staff, and others having an association with the University where the alleged incidents: May constitute Title IX Sexual Harassment; Occurs within WSU’s educational program or activity, which includes, locations, events, or circumstances over which WSU exercises substantial control over both the respondent and the context in which the sexual harassment occurs, and any building owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized; Occurs against a person in the United states; and Occurs against a person who is participating in or attempting to participate in WSU’s educational program or activity. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Quid Pro Quo – a school employee conditioning an educational benefit or service upon a person’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct.
  2. Sexual Assault – a forcible or nonforcible sex offense under the uniform crime reporting system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. NOTE: If the following sexual assault definitions are updated in the NIBRS User Manual (available online at FBI UCR Technical Specifications), the updated definitions are applied.
    1. Sex Offense: Any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
    2. Rape (except Statutory Rape): The carnal knowledge of a person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of their age or because of their temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
    3. Sodomy: Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of their age or because of their temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
    4. Sexual assault with an object: To use an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however, slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of their age or because of their temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
    5. Fondling: The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of their age or because of their temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
    6. Incest: Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
    7. Statutory Rape: Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.
  3. Dating Violence – violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship is to be determined based on length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
  4. Domestic Violence – a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed:
    1. By a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim;
    2. By a person with whom the victim shares a child in common;
    3. By a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner;
    4. By a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of Washington, or
    5. By any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s act under the domestic or family violence laws of Washington.
  5. Stalking – engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:
    1. Fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or
    2. Suffer substantial emotional distress.
    3. For the purposes of this definition:
      1. Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property.
      2. Reasonable person means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the victim.
      3. Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.

Other Sexual Harassment Definitions

  1. WSU prohibits additional forms of sexual harassment listed in the numbered sections below. These definitions apply to all students, faculty, staff, and others having an association with the University if the incident meets any one of the following conditions:
    1. Occurs on WSU owned or controlled property;
    2. Occurs in connection with WSU activities, programs, or events;
    3. Has the effect of, or the potential to, unreasonably interfere with or limit an individual’s work, academic performance, living environment, personal security, or participation in any activity at WSU;
    4. Includes unlawful acts that directly affect WSU programs, community members, or property insofar as such acts materially and substantially interfere with the missions, functions, processes, and goals of the WSU community; or
    5. Includes unlawful acts that result in a guilty plea to or conviction of a felony.
  2. Title VII Sexual Harassment. Amongst employees, harassment on the basis of sex is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when any of the following conditions is met:
    1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment;
    2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decision affecting such individual, or
    3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
  3. Other Sexual Harassment is defined as:
    1. Unwelcome, intentional conduct, on the basis of sex and/or gender, which is so severe or pervasive, and objectively offensive, that it substantially and unreasonably:
      1. Interferes with, or has the potential to interfere with, an individual’s ability to participate in WSU employment, education, programs, or activities;
      2. Adversely alters the condition of an individual’s WSU employment, education, or participation status;
      3. Creates an objectively abusive employment, program, or educational environment; or
      4. Results in a material or substantial disruption of WSU’s operations or the rights of students, staff, faculty, visitors, or program participants.
    2. Sex and/or gender-based violence. Sex and/or gender-based violence is an egregious form of sexual harassment and is defined as sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence as defined in the Title IX Sexual Harassment Definitions, and sexual exploitation as defined below.
  1. Sexual Exploitation occurs when a person takes nonconsensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for their own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses explained above. Examples of sexual exploitation may include, but are not limited to:
    1. Causing or attempting to cause the incapacitation of another person to gain sexual advantage over such other person;
    2. Invading another person’s sexual privacy;
    3. Prostituting another person;
    4. Engaging in voyeurism. A person commits voyeurism if, for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of any person, he or she knowingly views, photographs, records, or films another person, without that person’s knowledge and consent, while the person being viewed, photographed, recorded, or filmed is in a place where he or she has a reasonable expectation of privacy;
    5. Knowingly or recklessly exposing another person to a significant risk of sexually transmitted disease or infection;
    6. Exposing one’s intimate parts in nonconsensual circumstances;
    7. Sexually-based stalking and/or bullying.
  2. Retaliation, intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privileged secured by this policy, or because the individual has made a report or complaint, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under this policy. First amendment activities do not constitute retaliation.
  3. Interference includes actions that intentionally:
    1. Dissuade or attempt to dissuade reporting parties, responding parties, or witnesses from reporting or participating in an investigation;
    2. Attempt to influence a complainant, respondent, or witness to make an inaccurate statement in the investigation;
    3. Delay or disrupt, or attempt to delay or disrupt, any University processes related to this policy; and/or
    4. Alter or attempt to alter the evidence provided to or received by investigative or disciplinary processes.
  4. False Statements. Making a materially false statement in bad faith during any proceeding or process under this policy. No complaint is considered false solely because it cannot be corroborated.

Consent

Consent to any sexual activity must be clear, knowing, and voluntary. Anything less is equivalent to a “no.” Clear, knowing, and voluntary consent to sexual activity requires that, at the time of the act, and throughout the sexual contact, all parties actively express words or conduct that a reasonable person would conclude demonstrates clear permission regarding willingness to engage in sexual activity and the conditions of such activity. Consent is active; silence or passivity is not consent. Even if words or conduct alone seem to imply consent, sexual activity is nonconsensual when:

  1. Force or coercion is threatened or used to procure compliance with the sexual activity.
    1. Force is the use of physical violence, physical force, threat, or intimidation to overcome resistance or gain consent to sexual activity.
    2. Coercion is unreasonable pressure for sexual activity. When an individual makes it clear through words or actions that the individual does not want to engage in sexual contact, wants to stop, or does not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point may be coercive. Other examples of coercion may include using blackmail or extortion to overcome resistance or gain consent to sexual activity.
  2. The person is asleep, unconscious, or physically unable to communicate his or her unwillingness to engage in sexual activity; or
  3. A reasonable person would or should know that the other person lacks the mental capacity at the time of the sexual activity to be able to understand the nature or consequences of the act, whether that incapacity is produced by illness, defect, the influence of alcohol or another substance, or some other cause. When alcohol or drugs are involved, a person is considered incapacitated or unable to give valid consent if the individual cannot fully understand the details of the sexual interaction (i.e., who, what, when, where, why, and how), and/or the individual lacks the capacity to reasonably understand the situation and to make rational, reasonable decisions.

Amnesty Policy

During a CCR process, when a student voluntarily shares information about the possession or use of alcohol or drugs, CCR does not refer the student to the Center for Community Standards for alcohol or drug related conduct proceedings, except where drugs or alcohol were used to gain advantage, incapacitation, or exploitation over another individual. The Center for Community Standards also uses discretion under WAC 504-26-510, the Good Samaritan Policy, and may refrain from imposing formal discipline for alcohol or drug use and possession under the Standards of Conduct for Students.

For more information, see:

6.1.2 | Washington State Definitions – effective until July 1, 2022

The following definitions are provided under Washington State Law, RCW 9A.44.010 unless otherwise noted..

Consent

At the time of the act of sexual intercourse or sexual contact there are actual words or conduct indicating freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact.

Mental Incapacity

A condition existing at the time of the offense which prevents a person from understanding the nature or consequences of the act of sexual intercourse whether that condition is produced by illness, defect, the influence of a substance or from some other cause.

Physically Helpless

A person who is unconscious or for any other reason is physically unable to communicate unwillingness to an act.

Forcible Compulsion

Is physical force which overcomes resistance, or a threat, express or implied, that places a person in fear of death or physical injury to herself or himself or another person, or in fear that she or he or another person will be kidnapped.

Sexual Intercourse

  • Has its ordinary meaning and occurs upon any penetration, however slight; and
  • Also means any penetration of the vagina or anus, however slight, by an object, when committed on one person by another, whether such persons are of the same or opposite sex, except when such penetration is accomplished for medically recognized treatment or diagnostic purposes; and
  • Also means any act of sexual contract between persons involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another whether such persons are of the same or opposite sex.

Sexual Contact

Any touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of a person done for the purpose of gratifying sexual desire of either party or a third party.

Domestic Violence (RCW 26.50.010)

  • Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of physical harm, bodily injury, or assault; Nonconsensual sexual contact or nonconsensual sexual penetration; Unlawful harassment; or stalking as defined in RCW 9A.46.110 of one intimate partner by another intimate partner; or
  • Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of physical harm, bodily injury, or assault; nonconsensual sexual conduct or nonconsensual sexual penetration, unlawful harassment; or stalking RCW 9A.46.110 of one family or household member by another family or household member.

Family Or Household Members (RCW 26.50.010)

  • Adult persons related by blood or marriage;
  • Adult persons who are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past; and
  • Persons who have a biological or legal parent-child relationship, including stepparents and stepchildren and grandparents and grandchildren.

Intimate Partner (RCW 26.50.010)

  • Spouses, or domestic partners;
  • Former spouses, or former domestic partners;
  • Persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time; or
  • Adult persons presently or previously residing together who have or have had a dating relationship;
  • Persons sixteen years of age or older who are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past and who have or have had a dating relationship; and
  • Persons sixteen years of age or older with whom a person sixteen years of age or older has or has had a dating relationship.

Dating Relationship

A social relationship of a romantic nature. Factors that the court may consider in making this determination include:

    • The length of time the relationship has existed;
    • The nature of the relationship; and
    • The frequency of interaction between the parties

6.1.3 | Washington State Definitions – effective on July 1, 2022

The following definitions go into effect July 1, 2022, Pursuant to passed House Bill 1320.

Consent

Consent in the context of sexual acts means that at the time of sexual contact, there were actual words or conduct indicating freely given agreement to that sexual contact. Consent must be ongoing and may be revoked at any time. Conduct short of voluntary agreement does not constitute consent as a matter of law. Consent cannot be freely given when a person does not have capacity due to disability, intoxication, or age. Consent cannot be freely given when the other party has authority or control over the care or custody of a person incarcerated or detained.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse means any form of nonconsensual sexual conduct including, but not limited to, unwanted or inappropriate touching, rape, molestation, indecent liberties, sexual coercion, sexually explicit photographing or recording, voyeurism, indecent exposure, and sexual harassment.

Sexual Penetration

Sexual penetration means any contact, however slight, between the sex organ or anus of one person by an object, the sex organ, mouth, or anus of another person, or any intrusion, however slight, of any part of the body of one person or of any animal or object into the sex organ or anus of another person including, but not limited to, cunnilingus, fellatio, or anal penetration. Evidence of emission of semen is not required to prove sexual penetration.

Sexual Conduct

Sexual conduct means any of the following:

  • Any intentional or knowing touching or fondling of the genitals, anus, or breasts, directly or indirectly, including through clothing;
  • Any intentional or knowing display of the genitals, anus, or breasts of the purposes of arousal or sexual gratification of the respondent;
  • Any intentional or knowing touching or fondling of the genitals, anus, or breasts, directly or indirectly, including through clothing, that the petitioner is forced to perform by another person or the respondent;
  • Any forced display of the petitioner’s genitals, anus, or breasts for the purposes of arousal or sexual gratification of the respondent or others;
  • Any intentional or knowing touching of the clothed or unclothed body of a child under the age of 16, if done for the purpose of sexual gratification or arousal of the respondent or others; or
  • Any coerced or forced touching or fondling by a child under the age of 16, directly or indirectly, including through clothing, of the genitals, anus, or breasts of the respondent or others.

Stalking

Stalking means any of the following:

  • Any act of stalking as defined under RCW 9A.46.110;
  • Any act of cyberstalking as defined under RCW 9A.46.110; or
  • Any course of conduct involving repeated or continuing contacts, attempts to contact, monitoring, tracking, surveillance, keeping under observation, disrupting activities in a harassing manner, or following of another person that: (1) Would cause a reasonable person to feel intimidated, frightened, under duress, significantly disrupted, or threatened and that actually causes such a feeling; (2) Serves no lawful purpose; and (3) The respondent knows, or reasonably should know, threatens, frightens, or intimidates the person, even if the respondent did not intend to intimidate, frighten, or threaten the person.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence means:

  • Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of physical harm, bodily injury, or assault; Nonconsensual sexual contact or nonconsensual sexual penetration; Unlawful harassment; or stalking of one intimate partner by another intimate partner; or
  • Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of physical harm, bodily injury, or assault; nonconsensual sexual conduct or nonconsensual sexual penetration, unlawful harassment; or stalking of one family or household member by another family or household member.

Family Or Household Members
F
Maily or Household Members means:

  • Persons related by blood, marriage, domestic partnership, or adoption;
  • Persons who have currently or formerly resided together;
  • Persons who have a biological or legal parent-child relationship, including stepparents and stepchildren and grandparents and grandchildren, or a parent’s intimate partner and children; and.
  • A person who is acting or has acted as a legal guardian.

Intimate Partner

Intimate Partner means:

  • Spouses, or domestic partners;
  • Former spouses, or former domestic partners;
  • Persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time; or
  • Persons who have had a dating relationship where both persons are at least 13 years of age or older.

Dating Relationship

A social relationship of a romantic nature. Factors that the court may consider in making this determination include:

    • The length of time the relationship has existed;
    • The nature of the relationship; and
    • The frequency of interaction between the parties

6.1.4 | Definitions Contained in the Violence Against Women Act

Sexual Assault

The term ‘sexual assault’ means any nonconsensual sexual act proscribed by Federal, tribal, or State law, including when the victim lacks capacity to consent.

Domestic violence (34 U.S.C. 12291(a))

The term ‘‘domestic violence’’ includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction

Dating violence (34 U.S.C. 12291(a))

The term ‘‘dating violence’’ means violence committed by a person

  1. who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
  2. where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
    1. The length of the relationship.
    2. The type of relationship.
  • The frequency of interaction between the parties.

Stalking (34 U.S.C. 12291(a))

The term ‘‘stalking’’ means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to—

  1. fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or
  2. suffer substantial emotional distress.

Washington state law definitions of these crimes differ and are incorporated into the Revised Code of Washington.

6.2 | Preserving Evidence

When an incident of sexual violence occurs, it is important to preserve evidence to aid in a criminal prosecution, university response, and/or in obtaining a protection order. Evidence of physical harm, such as bruising or other visible injuries, should be documented by photographic evidence. Evidence of stalking including communication, such as text messages, voice mail, written notes, social media postings, or any other electronic communication should be saved and not altered in any way. In cases of sexual assault, avoid showering, using a toilet, or changing clothing prior to a medical examination. Any clothing removed should be placed in a bag.

6.3 | Protection Orders and No-Contact Orders

Victims/survivors have the right to seek legal protections such as orders of protection, no contact orders, restraining orders, or other lawful orders of criminal, civil, or tribal courts.  WSU will comply with the lawful orders issued by such a court and will make modifications to educational and/or workplace environments to comply with the terms of such lawful orders. WSU may also implement a no contact order on any party as an interim measure, or as a sanction after a determination of responsibility, consistent with the WSU Code of Conduct for Students WAC-504-26-050, WSU BPPM 50.30 – Workplace Violence, and WA Governor’s Executive Order 96-05 – Domestic Violence in the workplace.

6.4 | Reporting Options

There are several reporting options available if a student, employee, or visitor of WSU has experienced an incident of sexual violence, which includes sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. In the case of an emergency or ongoing threat, get to a safe location if possible and report the incident by calling 911. If necessary, a victim/survivor should seek medical services as soon as possible for their physical well-being and the purpose of preserving evidence.

WSU encourages victims and other individuals who are aware of sexual violence to report. WSU also believes in providing survivors with autonomy in their reporting choices, as well as multiple reporting options of a confidential and non-confidential nature. Survivors can choose from one or more of the following options:

  • REPORT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR THE PURPOSES OF:
    • Information Only
    • Partial Information
    • Complete Investigation
  • REPORT TO WSU COMPLIANCE AND CIVIL RIGHTS FOR THE PURPOSES OF:
    • Documenting their concerns
    • Facilitating supportive measures or resources
    • Requesting a consultation
    • Filing a Formal Complaint for the purpose of:
      • Requesting an informal resolution, and/or
      • Requesting a University investigation
    • REPORT ANONYMOUSLY
    • SEEK CONFIDENTIAL SUPPORT THROUGH WSU’S COUGAR HEALTH SERVICES, A LOCAL ADVOCACY AGENCY (E.G. ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE OF THE PALOUSE), OR OTHER CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES.

Even if a survivor does not want to report an experience, survivors are still encouraged to seek support from WSU Compliance and Civil Rights, WSU Police Department, the Office of the Dean of Students, and/or Cougar Health Services. A report is not required to request services.  WSU will also assist with facilitating a student or employee report to law enforcement, at the request of the student or employee.

The below sections describe in more detail the various reporting options.

6.4.1 | Reporting to Law Enforcement

Victims/survivors are encouraged to report to law enforcement. Even if they are not sure if they want to report for criminal investigation, they are encouraged to preserve evidence, which may include seeking a sexual assault forensic exam. Victims/survivors are also encouraged to seek care and support, including advocacy services, medical treatment and/or counseling services. Reporters are urged to preserve any evidence and to also seek medical and counseling services. Law enforcement can assist with filing criminal charges or pursuing a no contact order. To make a report of sexual violence to law enforcement, call 911 for immediate emergency assistance or contact the WSU Police Department (WSU PD) at 509-335-8548 or the Pullman Police Department (Pullman PD) 509-332-2521. Information on reporting sexual violence to WSU PD is available on their site.  The following guidelines may be considered when reporting to law enforcement:

  1. Report the assault to police as soon as possible — dial 911. Students may also report to the university and/or seek confidential services through WSU Cougar Health Counseling and Psychological Services. They can be contacted at 509-335-4511, and are located on the 3rd floor of the Washington Building.
  2. If you’ve been injured, seek medical attention. When you call to report, tell the communications center you’ve been hurt. They will assist you in getting aid.
  3. If you are reporting a sexual assault, refrain from showering, washing your hands, or washing your clothes. This will help preserve evidence that may be necessary to prove a criminal offense.
  4. Support and counseling resources are available. The Directory of Services lists contact information If you don’t know who to call or where to start, ask the police officer for help.

6.4.2 | Reporting to WSU

Incidents of sexual violence, which includes sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, and stalking, can be reported to WSU Compliance and Civil Rights (CCR), which works closely with Human Resource Services (HRS) for incidents involving employees and the Center for Community Standards (CCS) for incidents involving students. When CCR receives a report of misconduct, CCR will provide the student or employee with written information about their rights, supportive measures, and reporting options (including how to file a Formal Complaint with WSU), as well as information about CCR’s Procedural Guidelines and the WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment.  Outreach will also include written information about available counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal services, and other services available on campus and in the community.  Additional resources will be identified depending on the student’s or employee’s particular needs (e.g. an international student may need support from International Programs regarding visa or immigration assistance); a complainant’s preferences with regards to supportive measures will be considered.  Per CCR’s Procedural Guidelines and the WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment, supportive measures, including academic support services and safety measures such as changes to work/academic schedules, residence hall assignments, or other protective measures, are available, regardless of whether the student or employee chooses to report the crime to campus police or local law enforcement.  CCR, the Office of the Dean of Students, Student Affairs, Human Resource Services, campus police, and/or other administrators will help facilitate supportive measures requests.

CCR can document the victim/survivor’s concerns, assist the victim/survivor with campus safety options, connect the victim/survivor to local support, medical, and counseling resources, and if the victim/survivor (or the Title IX Coordinator) wishes to file a formal complaint, CCR can start an informal resolution or an investigation.

Informal Resolutions

After receiving a formal complaint, CCR may engage in an informal resolution process. An informal resolution process is not commenced until written notice is provided to both parties disclosing the allegations and the requirements of the informal resolution process, as described in the CCR Procedural Guidelines, and until WSU has received voluntary, written consent to proceed with the informal resolution process from both parties.

WSU does not offer an informal resolution to resolve allegations that an employee sexually harassed a student, as defined by the EP15.B Title IX Sexual Harassment section, but may offer it for other circumstances.

Informal resolutions may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Conduct management plans or resolution agreements;
  2. Verbal or written counseling;
  3. Departmental resolutions;
  4. Alternative dispute resolutions;
  5. Mediation, if available; and/or
  6. Additional required training.

Investigations

CCR may conduct an investigation after receiving a formal complaint, which meets the requirements of EP15. CCR conducts a neutral and unbiased investigation, with investigators who do not have a conflict of interest or bias towards either party specifically or generally. CCR investigations are conducted pursuant to the Procedural Guidelines and are initiated with a presumption that the respondent is not responsible for the alleged conduct. CCR provides notice of the allegations in writing to both parties. Both parties have the right to present witnesses and evidence. The evidentiary burden is on WSU, not the parties.

During an investigation, WSU does not restrict the ability of either party to discuss the allegations under investigation or to gather and present relevant evidence. Throughout the investigative process, the parties have the right to have an advisor of their choice with them. The parties also have an opportunity to review the evidence collected and provide a written response, prior to the publication of an investigative report.

For more information about the investigative process, see the Procedural Guidelines.

CCR shares information about cases only on a need-to-know basis but cannot guarantee confidentiality. Although CCR does not share reporting information with law enforcement unless required to do so, CCR investigators notify victims/survivors of their option to report to on-campus or local police, to have campus authorities assist them in notifying law enforcement of a sexual violence incident, and decline to notify such authorities.

A report of sexual violence can be made to CCR or the Title IX Coordinator by telephone at 509-335-8288, by email at ccr@wsu.edu, by visiting the CCR office located in Room 225 of the French Administration Building on the Pullman campus or by using the online reporting form.

6.5 | Confidential Counseling Protected by Law

Anyone who has experienced sexual violence may choose to consult with a licensed mental health care provider or health care provider of their choice. By law, such professionals are able to assist victims confidentially and are exempt from legal obligations to report incidents to the university, with some limited exceptions, such as child abuse, elder abuse, or certain threats of harm.

A victim/survivor may decide to disclose the incident to a confidential resource, local law enforcement, and/or may report to WSU Compliance and Civil Rights (CCR) for an investigative response by WSU, or to local law enforcement. A victim/survivor may decline to notify authorities, including CCR and/or law enforcement. CCR can also assist the victim/survivor in notifying law enforcement, if a victim/survivor elects to do so. CCR will not share information regarding reports made to the university with law enforcement, unless required to do so by law or requested to do so by the victim/survivor.

WSU policy prohibits retaliation against anyone who reports or participates in an investigative or disciplinary process by WSU. Please note, WSU employees and student employees may have reporting requirements and be required to provide information to CCR.

IN MOST INSTANCES, SERVICE PROVIDERS FROM THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO SPEAK CONFIDENTIALLY:

Campus Confidential Resources

WSU Cougar Health ServicesCounseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) (for students) | Call 509-332-2159 for evening and weekend crisis services

WSU Cougar Health Services | Medical Clinic (for students)

WSU Employee Assistance Program (for employees) | 1-877-313-4455

Off-Campus Confidential Resources

Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse (ATVP)24-hour line: 509-332-4357

Pullman Regional Hospital

Northwest Justice Project Free Legal Hotline (CLEAR)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline800-273-8255 or 800-273-TALK

6.6 | WSU Amnesty Statement

WSU encourages students to report incidents of sexual violence without fear of consequences for having possessed or consumed alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the incident. WSU’s primary concern is to ensure the safety of the students involved and gather relevant information, so the University can address the student(s)’ concerns. Generally, WSU will refrain from imposing formal discipline for alcohol or drug use and/or possession under the Standards of Conduct for Students for victims and potential witnesses involved in situations of sexual violence in order to facilitate reporting and resolution of sexual violence concerns.

This practice will not provide relief from disciplinary action for other alleged violations of the Standards of Conduct (e.g., hazing, theft, drug/alcohol manufacturing or distribution).

Moreover, students who distribute alcohol and/or drugs that intentionally, or through negligence, contribute to the sexual violence will not be granted the same consideration.

In rare circumstances where the Center for Community Standards has concerns that a student’s repeated or severe misuse of alcohol or drugs will result in additional harm if unaddressed, the University may assign care-driven educational sanctions to address those concerns.

6.7 | Confidentiality in University Investigative Processes

WSU takes confidentiality seriously. During an investigation through WSU Compliance and Civil Rights (CCR), information is shared with others only on a need-to-know basis, which may include investigators, witnesses, the responding party, relevant WSU officials, or as required or permitted by law. Additionally, the investigation file may be subject to requests for public records. WSU redacts identifying or other information when legally permissible. The WSU PD will not release the names of victims/survivors in its Timely Warning notices, Campus Alerts, Emergency Notifications, or in the Daily Crime Log.

When a victim/survivor requests confidentiality or requests WSU not proceed with an investigation, WSU respects that request to the extent possible. WSU’s legal obligation to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment may require that CCR proceed with an investigation, which may require investigators to share limited identifying information about a victim/survivor; however, CCR takes steps to inform a victim/survivor should it become necessary to share information. In all cases, CCR works with the victim/survivor to provide resources and support, including individualized and appropriate interim or safety measures.  WSU may also maintain confidentiality for supportive measures, safety measures, or accommodations, or safety measures, to the extent allowable by law and where maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the institution to provide those services.  WSU policy prohibits retaliation against anyone who reports or participates in an investigative or disciplinary process by WSU.

A victim/survivor may decline to notify authorities, including CCR and/or law enforcement. Should the victim/survivor report the incident to CCR, the university will not share the victim/survivor’s information with law enforcement, unless the victim/survivor requests that it be provided to law enforcement, or unless required to do so by law.  CCR provides crime statistic information for purposes of the Annual Security Report to WSU Police Department but protects privacy to the extent possible.

Upon written request, WSU may disclose to the alleged victim/survivor of a crime of violence (as that term is defined in Section 16 of Title 18, United States Code), or a non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall treated as the alleged victim/survivor for purposes of this paragraph.

6.8 | Campus Investigative Procedures

Upon receiving a report of intimate partner violence, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or stalking, WSU Compliance and Civil Rights (CCR) typically takes steps to contact the individual who experienced the alleged conduct to provide information regarding resources available at WSU and in the community, including, but not limited to, available counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, student academic/living support, and employee assistance. CCR also provides information regarding the WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment, Executive Policy #15, CCR Procedural Guidelines, supportive measures and resources, and the process to file a formal complaint for the purpose of requesting an informal resolution or an investigation.  CCR also considers supportive measures for all participants involved in a CCR process to protect their safety, prevent further harm, or ensure continued access to educational programs or activities, including, but not limited to, altering the academic, WSU housing, and/or WSU employment arrangements of the parties, imposing no-contact directives, or imposing a trespass or interim suspension.  Supportive measures are available regardless of whether or not the victim/survivor chooses to report the crime to campus police or local law enforcement; individualized and appropriate supportive measures are available to all parties in a matter.  When taking such steps, WSU seeks to minimize unnecessary or unreasonable burdens on either party. CCR provides information regarding CCR processes, informal resolutions, investigations, and supportive measures to individuals in writing, and provides opportunities for all parties to ask questions about these processes and resources.

Informal Resolution Process

When filing a formal complaint, a complainant may request an informal resolution process.  CCR will determine if the matter is appropriate for an informal resolution.  Informal resolution processes are not available for allegations of an employee engaging in Title IX sexual harassment of a student as defined in Executive Policy #15. After providing notice of an informal resolution, CCR may proceed with an informal resolution, if appropriate, only after receiving voluntary written consent from both parties.  An informal resolution may differ depending on the alleged conduct. Options for informal resolutions are listed in Executive Policy #15. Parties may have an advisor, including an attorney, participate during an informal resolution, but it is not required. CCR may work with the Division of Student Affairs, HRS, the Office of the Provost, or the individual department affected in resolving a matter under the informal resolution process. Informal resolutions may include provisions designed to punish the respondent. Prior to an agreed resolution, either party may withdraw from the informal resolution process at which point CCR will resume an investigation, unless the formal complaint is withdrawn or dismissed for some other reason.  Upon entering into an informal resolution agreement, the agreement is binding on the parties and neither party may resume the grievance process. Agreement provisions will be considered with respect to the campus safety, including expulsion, suspension, or termination. CCR will document and maintain records of all informal resolutions.

Investigation Process

CCR investigates matters involving students, employees, and visitors regardless of whether the conduct occurred on or off campus, as appropriate; investigations follow CCR’s Procedural Guidelines.  CCR provides a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation by officials who receive annual training on discriminatory conduct, including sexual violence, and how to conduct a trauma informed investigation and protect the safety of investigation participants.  Where a CCR investigator has a conflict of interest or bias towards an investigation participant, the investigator will be screened from a case, and another investigator will review the matter. Investigations are conducted into allegations implicating Executive Policy #15; violations may be found where a preponderance of the evidence supports that conclusion.  Upon initiation of an investigation, a CCR investigator will provide written notice to both  parties, and the complainant and the respondent will have opportunities to provide information, responses, evidence, and witnesses.  The complainant and the respondent have the right to be accompanied by the advisor of their choice.  CCR makes every effort to gather all available relevant evidence and to neutrally and fairly assess the evidence to determine whether or not a violation of university policy exists.  Per CCR’s Procedural Guidelines, CCR investigations are typically 60 days, with 30 additional days to review evidence and draft an investigative report; extensions are allowed for good cause, with written notice to the parties. After CCR has collected evidence, both parties will be provided with an opportunity to review the evidence and provide an additional written statement for consideration, prior to publication of a written report. When the investigation is complete, CCR will provide a written report to both the complainant and the respondent for review.  For matters involving Title IX Sexual Harassment, the written report will include a summary of the investigation; for matters not involving Title IX Sexual Harassment, the written report will include a summary of the investigation and findings of fact under Executive Policy 15.  The report will also be provided to the appropriate sanctioning office, which is the Center for Community Standards for students or the relevant supervisor or employee disciplinary committee for employees.  For student matters, the Center for Community Standards will provide information to relevant parties regarding the WSU disciplinary processes, including, but not limited to information about conduct officer hearings, conduct board hearings, student rights, and campus and community resources. Where the Center for Community Standards does not initiate the community standards process, the students also have a right to appeal that decision. For employee matters, information about the right to appeal to the President’s CCR Appeals Committee is provided to both the complainant and the respondent.  Additional rights and responsibilities for the employee sanctioning process can be found in the WSU Faculty Manual, the Administrative Professional Handbook, WAC 357-40 (civil service employees), applicable collective bargaining agreements, or the WSU Standards of Conduct for Students (WAC 504-26). Unless resolved through an Informal Resolution, matters involving Title IX Sexual Harassment, as defined in Executive Policy 15, receive a live hearing for a final determination.  The live hearing decision maker will consider relevant evidence, and will only consider witness statements where the witness is subject to cross-examination by an advisor.

6.9 | Standard of Evidence

WSU determines the facts and whether there is a violation of this policy based on a preponderance of evidence. Preponderance means that the totality of the evidence persuades the fact finder that a fact is more probably true than not true and/or that it is more probable than not that a violation of the policy occurred.

6.10 | Additional Rights and Process During an Investigation

During an investigation, both students and employees, recognized as Complainants and Respondents are provided the following set of rights:

  • Individualized and appropriate supportive or safety measures, determined to be appropriate by CCR, Human Resource Services, the Office of the Dean of Students/Student Affairs, law enforcement, court order (including protection orders), and/or other University administrators
  • Confidential and non-confidential resources
  • Neutral investigative procedures and a prompt, fair, and impartial process
  • Receive information about University policies and procedures, including information that retaliation is prohibited for all investigation participants
  • Notification of allegations
  • Opportunity to respond to allegations and/or witness statements
  • Opportunity to request accommodation, including a language interpreter or medical/disability accommodations to provide full and equitable access to the process
  • Opportunity to present evidence
  • Opportunity to provide relevant witnesses
  • Opportunity to present and have considered their preferred resolution path
  • Opportunity to have a support person or advisor of their own choosing or retaining legal representation (at personal expenses)
  • Opportunity to be informed of the status and the outcome of an investigation
  • Opportunity to review investigation materials, including interview notes and documentary evidence
  • Opportunity to provide an additional written statement, after reviewing evidence, to be considered by an investigator prior to publication of a final report
  • Opportunity to review investigative findings and conclusions in writing, which may be redacted as necessary to protect privacy
  • Proof by Preponderance of the Evidence (more likely than not)
  • Simultaneous notification of outcomes and of hearing schedule
  • Rights to attend hearing(s)
  • Right to have out of hearing witness statements subjected to cross-examination by an advisor prior to consideration by the decision-maker, in matters involving Title IX Sexual Harassment, as defined by Executive Policy 15
  • Appeal rights

6.11 | Protective/Interim Measures

WSU can take individualized and appropriate supportive steps to support and protect the students involved in the matter. Some support measures may be available regardless of whether a victim/survivor wishes to pursue a complaint or notify law enforcement. Supportive measures are non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate and as reasonably available, without fee or charge to a reporting party/complaints or respondent.  Supportive measures may be offered before and/or after a formal complaint is filed, or where no formal complaint is filed.  WSU provides written notice of these and other available assistance options (such as how to request changes to academic, living, transportation and working situations, and protective measures) to victims/survivors, and, as applicable, to respondents. WSU may deliver a “no-contact” directive that informs parties to refrain from having contact with one another either directly or through third parties. Other supportive measures include but are not limited to, altering academic schedules, WSU dining arrangements, WSU housing, and/or WSU employment arrangements of the parties. When taking such steps, WSU seeks to minimize unnecessary or unreasonable burdens on either party. Violations of such protective measures may lead to disciplinary action. The Office of the Dean of Students is available to assist in implementing assistance measures to support victims/survivors.

The following list includes supportive measures that may be available to students or employees. Additional supportive measures may be available, as appropriate.

  1. Academic
    • Request consideration or flexibility to a faculty member regarding assignments, classroom attendance, deadlines, or other academic needs
    • Contacting individual faculty members for specific requests
    • Independent study
    • Additional tutoring
    • Withdrawal, withdrawal without penalty, medical withdrawal
    • Incompletes on classes
    • Transfer assistance
    • Classroom management plans
    • Remote attendance/recording classes
    • Academic schedule changes
    • Access Center/reasonable accommodations
    • Enrollment in Global Campus
  2. Referrals to Care Providers
    • Local victim advocacy agencies for access to counseling, crisis lines, support groups, shelters, etc.
    • Counseling Services – WSU and community referrals, as available.
    • Medical Providers, in particular hospitals with Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs).
    • Referrals to off-campus counselors.
    • National/State resources to locate additional advocates/care providers, such as:
      • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
      • Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV)
      • Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP)
  3. Services for Employees
    • Employee Assistance Program (counseling, financial, legal)
    • Workplace management/safety plans
    • Work schedule adjustments, as needed, to obtain medical or mental health care, legal assistance, and/or confidential secure shelter.
    • Domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking leave (RCW 49.76.010)
    • Change reporting lines in consultation with HRS.
    • Identify alternate work in consultation with supervisors/HRS.
    • Work from home options in consultation with supervisors/HRS.
    • Work schedule changes in consultation with supervisors/HRS.
    • Work accommodations/reasonable accommodations through HRS Disability Services.
  4. Safety
    • Report to law enforcement
    • Police/Security safety assessment of home or campus areas
    • Providing information on seeking a Protection Order for:
      • Anti-harassment and stalking
      • Domestic violence
      • Sexual assault
    • No-contact directive from the University
    • Emergency removal or administrative leave, in consultation with DOS, Center for Community Standards, HRS, and/or CCR.
    • Safety planning with a community victim advocate
    • Trespass from a residence hall, in consultation with Housing and Residence Life
    • Residence hall changes, in consultation with DOS, Housing and Residence Life, and CCR.
    • Cadet/police escort, where available
    • Cougar Safe Rides (Pullman only)
    • Local taxi/bus information
    • Local domestic violence shelter information
    • Blue phones
    • Emergency residence life room on campus (Pullman only)
  5. Miscellaneous
    • Emergency funding
    • Support for tuition adjustment petitions (considered in appropriate cases)
    • Campus involvement (student organizations, Women’s Center, Diversity Centers, etc.)
  6. Legal resources and referrals

6.12 | Campus Sanctioning/Disciplinary Procedures – Students

The community standards process is designed to support students, uphold their rights and responsibilities, and hold them accountable for behaviors that conflict with our community standards. Every situation is different, so please contact the Center for Community Standards at 509-335-4532 or email us at community.standards@wsu.edu if you have specific questions.

After receiving a formal complaint, CCR may initiate an investigation. In limited circumstances, the Title IX Coordinator/CCR Director may determine that it is necessary to proceed with an investigation even where the complainant does not wish to participate, particularly where there is an ongoing safety threat to the campus or local community. In cases where CCR proceeds with an investigation without participation by the complainant, CCR will notify the complainant in advance of issuing notice, and will take great care to address the complainant’s concerns, if any.

During an investigation, CCR will interview witnesses and gather any documentary or other evidence. CCR attempts to complete investigations within 60 days and issue a report 30 days after the completion of an investigation, where possible. At the conclusion of the investigation, CCR will send an investigative report to CCS and relevant parties. For student matters, the investigative report will include a summary of the investigation, but will not constitute the final decision of the university and will not include a final determination regarding responsibility pursuant to federal regulations.

After WSU Compliance and Civil Rights (CCR) determines whether the WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment, Executive Policy #15 (EP 15), is implicated, the Center for Community Standards (CCS) will determine whether or not provisions of the WSU Standards of Condcut for Students (Standards of Conduct) are implicated. The complainant may determine the extent to which they will participate in this process.

In matters involving student conduct, the Center for Community Standards will determine whether disciplinary action under the Standards of Conduct is warranted . If so, the matter may be referred to a one-to-one conduct officer hearing or a University Conduct Board.  Both options provide a prompt, fair, and impartial review, pursuant to the guidelines in WAC 504-26, which also establish reasonable timelines for the process, which may be extended for good cause with written notice to the parties. University Conduct Board and University Appeals Board members and conduct officers receive annual training on issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, as well as how to provide a hearing process that protects the safety of the parties and promotes accountability.  University Conduct Board members, University Appeals Board members, and conduct officers also receive annual training about:

  • Cultural competency and implicit bias
  • Student development and student conduct philosophies, including the educational component of the student conduct process
  • Identifying bias against individuals and against groups
  • Conflict of interest
  • Alcohol and drug prevention
  • Due process and burden of proof in student conduct matters
  • Sanctioning principles and guidelines
  • Title IX regulatory definitions, jurisdiction, and grievance processes
  • Relevant and admissible evidence

Conduct officers also receive annual training on alternative dispute resolution and restorative justice.

Students in the process have the right to request recusal of a hearing officer and/or board member for demonstrated good cause, including conflict of interest or bias against either party.

In matters that could result in suspension of greater than ten instructional days, revocation of degree, expulsion, or loss of recognition (for student organizations) where disciplinary action is appropriate, and for matters involving Title IX Sexual Harassment, the matter will be referred to a full adjudicatory hearing before the University Conduct Board. The University Conduct Board is presided over by an Administrative Law Judge employed with the Office of Administrative Hearings. All relevant parties are notified of their rights during the hearing, the issues to be determined during the hearing, and any relevant dates, times, and locations; relevant parties also receive timely and equal access to any information that will be used during the disciplinary or sanctioning process. Finally, all relevant parties have the right to be accompanied by an advisor of their choice.  For matters involving Title IX Sexual Harassment, the University Conduct Board will consider relevant evidence, and witness statements made outside of the hearing will not be considered unless the witness is subjected to cross-examination by an advisor.  When the University Conduct Board concludes their review, relevant parties will be informed of the university’s decision at the same time and their right to appeal to the University Appeals Board. The decision becomes final either at the end of the appeals period on the twenty-first calendar day after the date the decision is sent to the parties or when the University Appeals Board issues their decision. For more information about the University Conduct Board process, please visit WAC 504-26-403.

In some circumstances, the Center for Community Standards may address the matter through a less formal one-to-one conduct officer hearing. The Conduct Officer will make a decision regarding the responding student’s responsibility within ten calendar days of the hearing and will notify all relevant parties of the decision at the same time and inform them about their right to appeal to the University Appeals Board. The decision becomes final either on the twenty-first calendar day after the date the decision is sent to the parties or when the University Appeals Board issues their decision.  Conduct Officers may issue educational sanctions including those listed in WAC 504-26-425, but not suspension of greater than ten instructional days, expulsion, revocation of degree, or loss of recognition (for student organizations).

Appeals rights are available to students for both matters reviewed by the University Conduct Board or the less formal one-to-one conduct officer hearings.  Appeals are reviewed by the University Appeals Board.

In matters where CCR does not find a violation of EP 15, and the Complainant(s) or Respondent(s) object to the findings or outcome reflected in the CCR report, feel there is additional information that should be considered, or feel that student conduct charges are otherwise warranted in the matter, they have the opportunity to provide that information in writing to the Center for Community Standards within ten calendar days of the notification from the Center for Community Standards (please note, this does not apply to matters involving Title IX Sexual Harassment; such matters are always afforded a live hearing, unless resolved through an Informal Resolution process). The Center for Community Standards will consider this information in determining whether to proceed with a conduct process. If the Complainant(s) or Respondent(s) presents information to the Center for Community Standards that is not reflected in the CCR report, the Center for Community Standards may elect to refer the matter back to the CCR to review for a potential revision to CCR report prior to proceeding with the conduct process.

6.13 | Campus Sanctioning/Disciplinary Procedures – Employees

WSU Compliance and Civil Rights (CCR) will determine whether the Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment, Executive Policy #15 (EP 15) is implicated. Human Resource Services (HRS) will determine whether any other university policies may be implicated. Internal Audit may also be consulted in some matters. In some situations, WSU may be required to proceed with an investigation regardless of whether the reporting party decides to participate in the investigation or disciplinary process. During an investigation, CCR will interview witnesses and gather any documentary or other evidence, as provided by the individuals involved in the matter. During the investigation, the parties have the right to be accompanied by an advisor of their choice. The parties also have an opportunity to review evidence and submit an additional written statement to be considered by the investigator prior to publication of a final report.

At the conclusion of the investigation, CCR will send a report to HRS, relevant supervisors, and relevant parties. In Title IX Sexual Harassment matters the investigative report will include a summary of the investigation, but will not constitute the final decision of the university and will not include a final determination regarding responsibility.  For all other matters, the closing document may include findings, conclusions, credibility assessments, which may be relied upon by supervisors or decision makers.

After CCR issues a final report, the Complainant(s) or Respondent(s) may file for an appeal of the investigation, in writing, with the WSU Office of the President within fifteen (15) calendar days of the date of issuance. The WSU President has a standing CCR Appeals Committee (the Committee), which consists of a committee chair, two regular committee members, and two alternate committee members. Committee members receive appropriate training, as determined by CCR, prior to serving on the committee and at least annually thereafter that is related to the nature of cases that they may review, including discrimination and sexual violence. Committee members are also screened for conflict of interest or bias against the reporting or responding parties.

During the fair and neutral review of an appeal, the chair of the Committee will conduct an initial review of the appeal, determine whether it met the minimum requirements of the appeals process, and if so, the chair will convene the Committee and send notice to the Complainant(s), Respondent(s), and CCR within seven (7) calendar days of receiving the appeal. After reviewing the appeal, the Committee will issue a decision letter to both parties within thirty (30) calendar days, unless good cause for an extension of up to thirty (30) days is necessary. The Committee’s decision is final with respect to the CCR investigation, unless the Committee determines that additional investigation by CCR is warranted. If the Committee concludes that additional investigation is warranted, at the conclusion of such additional investigation, no further appeal is available.

After the CCR investigative process and appeals process is completed, employee violations are reviewed by the appropriate supervisor, with the support of Human Resource Services.  Supervisors will impose sanctions following the procedures set forth in applicable university policies and handbooks (e.g., the Title IX Hearing Process, the WSU Faculty Manual, the Administrative Professional Handbook, WAC 357-40 (civil service employees), or applicable collective bargaining agreements).  For matters involving Title IX Sexual Harassment, the parties are provided with a live hearing, in which a decision maker will consider all relevant evidence. Witness statements made outside of the live hearing can only be considered by the decision maker if the witness submits to cross-examination by an advisor.

6.14 | Possible Sanctions

WSU vigorously enforces Executive Policy #15 (EP 15), the Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment. Persons determined to have violated this policy are subject to sanctions imposed using the procedures set forth in applicable university policies and handbooks (e.g., the WSU Faculty Manual, the Administrative Professional Handbook, BPPM 60.50, WAC 357-40 (civil service employees), applicable collective bargaining agreements, or WAC 504-26 containing the WSU Standards of Conduct for Students including any appeal procedures therein). Any imposed sanctions are to be adequately and appropriately severe to prevent future offenses and to protect other students and the University community. The sanctions that are imposed, or other actions taken, must be reported to CCR by the administrator or supervisor who imposed the sanctions.

In a matter involving an employee, possible sanctions may include: (i) verbal counseling; (ii) warning, verbal and/or in writing; (iii) required training; (iv) memorandum of concern; (v) letter of reprimand; (vi) suspension without pay; (vii) demotion; (viii) salary reduction; (ix) termination; or (x) any combination of the previously stated corrective or disciplinary sanctions. In addition, inappropriate and unprofessional behavior by WSU personnel that does not rise to the level of a policy violation (e.g., unwelcome sexual comments that are not sufficiently severe or pervasive, and objectively offensive to constitute sexual harassment) may nonetheless be subject to corrective or disciplinary action in some cases.

In a matter involving a student, possible sanctions may include: (i) warning; (ii) probation; (iii) loss of privilege; (iv) restitution; (v) education; (vi) community service; (vii) University housing suspension or expulsion; (viii) University suspension; (ix) University expulsion; (x) revocation of admission and/or degree; (xi) withholding degree; (xii) trespass; (xiii) loss of recognition; (xiv) hold on transcript and/or registration; (xv) no contact directive; (xvi) remedies; or (xvii) any combination of the previously stated disciplinary sanctions. More information on the student disciplinary process can be found in WAC 504-26-425.

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Section 7 | Education, Training, and Prevention Programs

WSU provides a range of education and prevention programs to strengthen prevention efforts, further develop campus-wide understanding of policy and processes, and enhance accessibility to services for victim/survivors of such violence. WSU regularly provides all students with information about reporting options via email messages, as well as through in-person trainings specifically designed to explain available processes. WSU also produces an array of online and printed materials for students and employees about accessing support services and making complaints regarding sexual violence, including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

7.1 | Campus Security Programs

The Washington State University Police Department (WSU PD) strives to educate the campus community and maintain a reasonably safe environment on campus. In 2019, WSU PD personnel provided 87 educational and prevention driven programs to students. Additionally, each residence hall on campus has an assigned police officer representative that works closely with hall staff to provide general crime prevention and safety programs for the residents. Although WSU PD takes many steps to educate and maintain safety on campus, each individual within the campus community plays a role and it is important to be aware of surroundings and use reasonable judgment when living, working, or visiting on campus. Please report suspicious or criminal activities to law enforcement at 509-332-2521 or 911.

7.2 | Prevention Programs

WSU provides a wide range of crime prevention programming, as well as programming specific to preventing dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

7.2.1 | Available Education for Incoming Students

Every incoming undergraduate student has access to three education programs on the WSU Pullman campus, about bystander intervention, risk reduction, and the definitions and WSU policies in place to respond to sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence and stalking.

  • SAFETY ON CAMPUS:
    • This workshop is offered during the Alive! Orientation and includes information about campus policies, resources and reporting options for students. In this workshop, students learn about WSU’s prohibition on dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. They also learn the following definitions:
      • Dating violence: Intimate partner abuse is conduct or threats which are targeted against a person with whom an individual is in or had been in a romantic, sexual, or dating relationship, where the conduct or threats are used to coerce, intimidate, or control the person. This may include physical, verbal, emotional, psychological, or financial assault and/or control. It may also include direct or indirect conduct, as well as threats or conduct directed towards the person’s family, friends, property, or pets.
      • Domestic violence: A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed
        • By a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim
        • By a person with whom the victim shares a child in common
        • By a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner
        • By a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred, or
        • By any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.
      • Sexual assault: Nonconsensual sexual contact is any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object or body part, by one person against another person’s intimate parts (or clothing covering any of those areas), or by causing another person to touch his or her own or another person’s intimate body parts without consent and/or by force. Sexual contact also can include any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner with another person’s nonintimate body parts. It also includes nonconsensual sexual intercourse.
      • Consent: Consent to any sexual activity must be clear, knowing, and voluntary. Anything less is equivalent to a “no.” Clear, knowing, and voluntary consent to sexual activity requires that, at the time of the act, and throughout the sexual contact, all parties actively express words or conduct that a reasonable person would conclude demonstrates clear permission regarding willingness to engage in sexual activity and the conditions of such activity. Consent is active; silence or passivity is not consent. Even if words or conduct alone seem to imply consent, sexual activity is nonconsensual when:
        • Force or coercion is threatened or used to procure compliance with the sexual activity.
          • Force is the use of physical violence, physical force, threat, or intimidation to overcome resistance or gain consent to sexual activity.
          • Coercion is unreasonable pressure for sexual activity. When an individual makes it clear through words or actions that the individual does not want to engage in sexual contact, wants to stop, or does not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point may be coercive. Other examples of coercion may include using blackmail or extortion to overcome resistance or gain consent to sexual activity.
        • The person is asleep, unconscious, or physically unable to communicate his or her unwillingness to engage in sexual activity; or
        • A reasonable person would or should know that the other person lacks the mental capacity at the time of the sexual activity to be able to understand the nature or consequences of the act, whether that incapacity is produced by illness, defect, the influence of alcohol or another substance, or some other cause. When alcohol or drugs are involved, a person is considered incapacitated or unable to give valid consent if the individual cannot fully understand the details of the sexual interaction (i.e., who, what, when, where, why, and how), and/or the individual lacks the capacity to reasonably understand the situation and to make rational, reasonable decisions.
      • Stalking: Stalking is engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:

(a) Fear for his or her safety or the safety of others;

(b) Fear for harm to his or her property or the property of others; or

(c) Suffer substantial emotional distress.

Stalking includes, but is not limited to, conduct occurring in person, electronically, or through a third party.

  • COUNT ON COUGS:
    • Students attend an introduction to the Count on Cougs bystander intervention program to learn how to recognize and respond to situations that could be high risk for violence.
  • E-CHUG:
    • This online, confidential survey allows students to receive personalized feedback about the impacts of alcohol and other drug use. It is an open access survey, and available to all students.

Other programs designed to enhance understanding about sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, and stalking are provided throughout the academic year. These interactive programs are open to all students on the WSU Pullman campus. Students can sign up for programs through Presence and the Health Promotion Website.

7.2.2 | Student-Athlete Education

Mandated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, student-athletes, coaches, and athletics department staff are required to participate in yearly sexual violence prevention education. Education includes consent, sexual assault, harassment, stalking, gender-based violence, reporting, and resources. Education is executed through educational workshops, eLearning modules, or external speakers.

7.2.3 | Campus Disciplinary Processes

The Center for Community Standards offers trainings to students and staff on the campus disciplinary programs throughout the year. Staff presentations are given per request. Peer Educators, student staff members employed by the Center for Community Standards, offer information sessions multiple times per week during the academic year to students who are engaged in the community standards process. These sessions outline what students can expect when engaging with the Center for Community Standards and also outline student rights and available resources.

7.2.4 | Ally Training

The Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center (GIESORC) is respectful of confidentiality and is knowledgeable about resources for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. WSU promotes an atmosphere that is safe, inclusive, and affirming for all members of the campus community and does not condone discrimination. Any faculty, staff, student, or community member may participate in Ally training. Starting summer 2020, Ally training will be expanded and offered monthly and on demand for departments and student organizations.

7.2.5 | Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence Prevention Training

WSU Compliance and Civil Rights (CCR) offers a number of trainings for students, faculty, and staff in person, via video-conferencing software, and via on-demand webinars, including trainings on the WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment; discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence prevention; university investigative processes; grievance and disciplinary processes; available university resources and response; and targeted training on resources and reporting options for victims of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

7.2.6 | Equity Education and Training

The Office of Outreach and Education
offers a variety of workshops related to equity and inclusion that provide a link between theory and practical application of concepts related to engaging across difference. These workshops help participants build skills through experiential opportunities that are conducive to an inclusive and engaged campus climate and work environment. Faculty, staff, and administrators may register to participate in a host of Equity Education courses that comprise the new Community & Equity Certificate Program for Faculty and Staff. Learn more about the certificate on our Website and add this Learning Program to your learning plan via HRS Skillsoft. Contact the Office of Outreach and Education for more information at 509-335-5078. In addition, Peer-to-Peer training is available for students presented by the WSU Social Justice Peer Educator Program. To learn more about this student-led programming and to request a workshop, please visit the following website: Request a Workshop.

7.2.7 | Bystander Intervention

WSU understands that keeping our community safe requires everyone on campus to be proactive. To that end, all WSU students on the Pullman campus receive training on the role bystanders play in reducing risk on campus. Often when bystanders see situations that could lead to violence, our tendency is to walk away. We may feel unsure about our role in the situation or may be concerned for our physical safety. Even so, there are safe and positive options available to intervene in situations that may lead to acts of violence. These options include:

  • Being direct. If you see someone doing something that is making another person uncomfortable, speak up.
  • Getting someone else involved. If you feel like you can’t handle the situation on your own, ask a group of friends to help you, or talk to a supervisor, Resident Advisor, or other person of authority. If the situation is making you feel unsafe, contact the police.
  • Creating a distraction. Sometimes the best way to get someone out of a potentially dangerous situation is to divert attention elsewhere.
  • Offering resources and support after the fact. Interpersonal violence can happen quickly. If you are concerned someone has already experienced violence, you can provide meaningful support and options after the fact that may prevent further violence.
  • If a situation is making you uncomfortable, chances are other people are uncomfortable too. By standing up and being a proactive bystander, you give other people encouragement to do the same.
  • Being proactive. There are small and simple actions that Cougs can take every day to create a safe and supportive campus. For more information about your role as a bystander, consider attending a bystander intervention training through Cougar Health Services.

7.2.8 | Risk Reduction

WSU believes that it is not a victim/survivor’s decisions that lead to acts of harm or violence. Rather, someone else is making choices to cause harm to another person. Reducing rates of violence on our campus can seem overwhelming, but it becomes a much easier task when we all work together. There are steps everyone can take to promote individual and community safety on campus that are also provided to all incoming students at the Pullman campus:

  • Plan ahead. Charge your phone before going out and stay in contact with your friends throughout the evening. Ask friends to check in with each other before leaving for the night. If someone doesn’t check in, call or text to make sure they’re okay.
  • Make a back-up plan if things don’t go as planned. Bring extra cash if you need to call a cab to get home or call a trusted friend to walk you home if you feel unsafe walking alone at night.
  • Pay attention to your gut instincts. If a situation feels uncomfortable, find someone you trust, or leave. Contact the police if you have concerns for your safety.
  • If choosing to drink alcohol, be aware of how your body responds to drinking and plan accordingly. Plan out how many drinks you’ll have and stick to that plan. Eat a full meal before going out or eat snacks throughout the night. Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks or beverages.
  • Respect everyone’s personal boundaries in all situations, including those involving sex. Consent at WSU must be clear, knowing, and voluntary. If you’re not certain you’ve obtained consent, stop and check in with your partner.

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Section 8 | Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications

8.1 | Timely Warning Notifications

The Clery Act requires that “institutions must issue a timely warning for any Clery Act crime that occurs within Clery geography that is: (i) reported to campus security authorities; and (ii) is considered by the institution to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees.”

According to the Clery Act, the timely warning must be issued in a timely manner and will withhold the names and personally identifying information about the victims as defined within Section 40002(a) (20) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.

The timely warning will aid in the prevention of similar crimes, which may include incidents where the WSU Police Department (WSU PD) has identified a pattern of risk. A timely warning with respect to crimes reported to a pastoral or professional counselor is not required by WSU.

A timely warning may be issued for a crime or incident as deemed necessary or appropriate by the WSU PD. Taking into account the safety of the community, WSU PD’s officer-in-charge, or the above level, will assume the primary responsibility to determine the content, issue a timely warning notification, and initiate the appropriate elements of the notification system. In instances where there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of students or employees occurring on the campus, WSU will follow its emergency notification procedures.

WSU PD makes determinations as to when a timely warning may be issued, which may vary on a case-by-case basis. Some examples of matters requiring timely warnings include, but are not limited to:

  • Investigations of a series of car thefts in one particular area
  • Unsolved burglaries
  • A pattern of drug dealings or activities that puts students at risk

8.2 | Dissemination of a Timely Warning

WSU PD uses the WSU Alert system as the primary method of distributing notification of a timely warning; however, additional communications tools may also be used, including, WSU Insider, a press release, and the WSU campus outdoor warning system. All WSU students, staff, and faculty can subscribe and update their information for the WSU Alert system by accessing their MyWSU account.

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Section 9 | Emergency Response, Notifications, and Evacuation Procedures

9.1 | Emergency Notification

In the event of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of students or employees occurring on the campus, the WSU PD will determine and employ communication methods appropriate to the situation to notify the affected university community without delay. Confirmation of significant emergencies will require direct investigation by appropriate WSU personnel.

For all campus law enforcement issues, the WSU PD will be primarily responsible for confirming a significant emergency or dangerous public safety situation on campus through victim, witness, or officer observations. Taking into account the safety of the community, WSU PD’s officer-in-charge, or the above level, will assume the primary responsibility to determine the content, issue campus emergency notifications, and initiate the appropriate elements of the emergency notification system unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. Additional information about WSU’s policies and procedures in place to respond to emergencies is available from the WSU Pullman Office of Emergency Management.

Other non-law enforcement emergencies such as hazardous materials releases, utility failures, computer systems/telecommunications failures, hazardous weather, infectious disease or public hazards, etc., may affect the WSU campus. Other departments at WSU, including, but not limited to, Emergency Management, Environmental Health and Safety, the Office of Research Assurances, Facilities Services, Information Technology, or Cougar Health Services may also confirm a significant emergency. Confirming departments will report the non-law enforcement emergency to the WSU PD and/or the University Emergency Management Coordinator, or their designee, who has the primary responsibility to prepare and issue non-law enforcement emergency notifications. Whether the emergency is a law enforcement or non-law enforcement issue, those authorized to issue emergency notifications will be responsible for determining the appropriate segment or segments of the campus community to notify. Incident circumstances may require only a floor, building, facility, area, etc. to be notified as compared to the entire campus. Examples of situations that could require immediate emergency notifications could include:

  • A dangerous assailant for aggravated assault, robbery, arson, rape, murder (even if a suspect is in custody), etc.
  • An occurring or impending natural disaster, or an occurring or impending man-made disaster

An emergency notification will include information that would enable members of the university community to take actions to protect themselves, including information about the type of incident, location and instructions on what actions to take, and other safety tips.

9.2 | Dissemination of an Emergency Notification

WSU has a number of methods to provide warning and notification of emergency situations affecting the campus, including the Campus Outdoor Warning System and the WSU Alert system.

The Campus Outdoor Warning System consists of five (5) siren/public address units on the Pullman campus that WSU may sound in the event of an emergency that may threaten the safety of individuals moving about the Pullman campus. The siren tone warning will be followed by a voice announcement that provides information on what individuals should do as an emergency situation develops.

The WSU Alert Notification system is a second method for distributing a notification of an emergency warning, which connects directly to students, faculty, and staff using voice and text messaging by telephone and email to provide warning of an emergency. It will include basic directions on what steps people should take in response. Receiving emergency warning on personal cell phones, land line phones, and email requires registration. Registration can be accomplished by accessing a MyWSU account. All WSU students, staff, and faculty can subscribe and update their information for the WSU Alert Notification system by accessing the MyWSU account.

In addition to these primary notification methods, the WSU Office of Emergency Management also operates a campus-wide alert email list server which allows email transmission of warnings and other messages to the campus population.

To address the recent disturbing trends of violence on campuses for K-12 and higher education, the WSU security community has developed a number of prevention and protection measures for mitigating such threat.

This includes the ability of the WSU PD and/or the WSU Office of Emergency Management to lock some WSU Pullman building doors from the outside through an automated system. Studies compiled by the FBI indicate the importance of active access control in buildings and the ability to lock down the campus entry doors and allow occupants to secure themselves within their surroundings. This function provides safety to the occupants of the building and allows for transit time for police to respond and address the incident. WSU would like to expand the availability of this locking feature to more buildings on all campuses.

The complete WSU Alert system allows the university to disseminate official information via email text messages, telephone, loudspeakers, WSU Alert page, social media and other means to notify the campus population of emergencies or threatening situations.

For example, should an active shooter situation occur, individuals would be made aware of the incident through the WSU Alert system. Individuals could then assess their response to the situation based on the location and resources available and then choose the best action to ensure their safety.

All WSU students, staff and faculty can subscribe and update their information, such as email, telephone numbers, etc., for notifications through the WSU Alert system by accessing their MyWSU account.

9.3 | Drills, Exercises and Training

WSU holds an emergency communications system test once a semester. The test includes activation of the WSU Alert system, Campus Outdoor Warning System, and the WSU Alert page.  Other methods of emergency communication may also be activated during these tests. These tests may be previously scheduled and announced to the community or may be unannounced.

WSU holds drills or exercises for campus emergency responders and emergency management personnel at least once each semester and conducts follow-through activities designed for assessment and evaluation of existing emergency response plans, procedures, and capabilities. Whenever possible, emergency responders from local agencies participate in these exercises or drills with WSU emergency responders. WSU publishes a summary of its emergency response and evacuation procedures in conjunction with at least one drill or exercise each calendar year.

On-campus residence halls hold an evacuation drills four (4) times annually per the International Fire Code. Students learn the locations of emergency exits in the buildings and are provided guidance about the direction they should travel when exiting each facility for a short-term evacuation. WSU does not tell residents in advance about the designated locations for long-term evacuations because those decisions are affected by time of day, locations of the building being evacuated, the availability of various designated emergency gathering locations on campus, and other factors such as the location and nature of the threat. All other WSU units are encouraged to hold an evacuation drill at least once annually or more frequently when required by the International Fire Code.

An officer will assist any unit to coordinate an evacuation drill and provide an assessment of its effectiveness. The WSU Fire and Safety Compliance Officer will be responsible for maintaining records of each of these evacuation drills for seven years as required by the Clery Act. The Office of Emergency Management maintains records of all drills and exercises established for campus emergency responders as well as for emergency communications systems tests. The Office of Emergency Management annually publishes information on emergency response and evacuation procedures in conjunction with the test and maintains the records for seven years as required by the Clery Act. The records include, for each test, a description of the exercise, the date, the time, and whether it was announced or unannounced.

WSU PD provides active shooter training, safety consultations, and can share information about online trainings and resources. Individuals interested in additional information should contact WSU PD at 509-335-8548.

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Section 10 | Campus Security

10.1 | Campus Housing Safety

The WSU Housing and Residence Life (Residence Life) staff work closely with the WSU Police Department (WSU PD) and other safety officials to make living groups safe and secure communities. All students in WSU housing and residence halls must ultimately share in this responsibility. New students and Residence Life staff should familiarize themselves with campus resources including safety resources and evacuation locations for the residence hall/apartment they live in. Residence Life staff can answer questions and assist with problems. Residence Life hall staff are on duty each evening and professional staff are on call 24/7 to help promote safety. Staff members perform nightly rounds and have an on-call system during evenings and weekends. Residence halls exterior doors are secured 24 hours a day. Only residents of the halls, guests of residents, and authorized university personnel may gain access to residential floors and rooms. All residence halls have fire sprinkler systems. Residece Life staff also perform room inspections during break periods to ensure that student rooms are in compliance with safety, Washington Administrative Code Requirements, and WSU housing policies.

WSU apartments for single students and families are supervised by the apartment coordinator in each complex and by the residents. WSU PD officers routinely patrol these areas, and during the scheduled summer and winter breaks, residents may request walkthroughs by WSU PD by contacting their office at 509-335-8548. All safety-related questions or concerns should be directed to the WSU Housing and Residence Life staff at 509-335-1227, Streit-Perham Admin Suite, PO Box 641722.

10.2 | Measures to Secure Entrances to Student Housing Facilities

The maintenance of a safe and secure residence hall environment is everyone’s responsibility. To this end, the admittance of unauthorized persons to residence halls is prohibited. Residents should always lock their room doors to ensure personal safety and security of their property. For emergency situations requiring police, medical or firefight response, dial 911. For nonemergency assistance, call the WSU PD at 335-8548. Living areas of all residence halls are locked 24 hours per day, with the exception of McEachern hall, where all rooms have direct access from outdoors.

10.3 | Safety Considerations in the Maintenance of Campus Facilities

WSU devotes time from various campus resources including Facilities Services and Environmental Health and Safety to address the safety and security of the campus. The key distribution for academic buildings is controlled by the colleges and departments within the building. The buildings are opened in the mornings and secured in the evening by Facilities Services. WSU PD officers patrol these areas regularly. WSU PD provides several services designed to enhance the safety of all WSU community members:

  • A yearly “Walk in the Dark” to survey areas of the campus in need of enhanced lighting or shrub and tree trimming.
  • Regular monitoring of lighting levels on campus and evaluation of the security to student residences.
  • The availability of blue light emergency phones around campus.

10.4 | Students Events and Organizations

Groups or individuals may use the university’s limited public forum areas for those activities protected by the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States, subject to the requirements set forth in 504-33 WAC. University groups or individuals are requested to provide notice of the intended use of the desired Pullman Campus limited public forum area to the WSU PD. Non-university groups and individuals must provide notice five business days prior to the intended use of the desired limited public forum area, in accordance with WAC 504-33-025.

Registered Student Organizations and enrolled WSU students may contact the WSU Student Involvement Office for more information about campus events at:

WSU Office of Student Involvement
Compton Union Building 320
509-335-9667
sild.infodesk@wsu.edu
studentinvolvement.wsu.edu

10.5 | Blue Light Phones

Should you need immediate assistance in an emergency, you can look for a blue light. The blue light identifies the location of an emergency telephone. Simply press the emergency telephone button (no dialing is necessary) to be connected to the Whitcom 911 Center. Describe your emergency to the dispatcher. Every call placed from a blue light phone is responded to by a police officer. Please take notice of the location of the blue light telephones as you move throughout the campus. You may never need to use one, but they are there for emergencies.

10.6 | Elevator Telephones

Emergency telephones are located in the elevators for both academic and residence hall buildings. Simply push the button marked “Emergency Phone” and you will be connected to the Whitcom 911 Center. Every telephone call placed by an elevator telephone is responded to by a police officer. If you are stuck, remain calm and stay inside the elevator. Trained elevator service personnel and Pullman Fire Department personal are authorized to remove trapped occupants. No one else should attempt to release them or to force elevator doors open. The elevator telephone is for emergencies ONLY; please refrain from using the telephone unless it is an emergency.

10.7 | Student Care Network

The Student Care Network is a resource through which individuals can share concerns about a student’s emotional or psychological well-being, physical health, or academic performance with university administrators who can help. Anyone can submit a Student Care report including students, faculty, staff, family members, and community members. Information submitted through the AWARE network will be reviewed by the Office of the Dean of Students Student Care Case Management team for appropriate follow up.

10.8 | Student Care Team

The Student Care Team responds to referrals about students who are exhibiting behavior of concern and/or have received a Student Care or other report of a concern for a student. The multi-disciplinary Student Care team intervenes with care and support to protect the safety and well-being of the involved student, as well as the WSU community, by working directly with the student, and /or connecting students with others with appropriate resources and services.

10.9 | Campus Patrol

Each residence hall on campus has an assigned police office representative that works closely with hall staff to provide general crime prevention and safety programs for the residents.  Although WSU PD takes many steps to educate and maintain safety on campus, each individual within the campus community plays a role and it is important to be aware of surroundings and use reasonable judgment when living, working, or visiting on campus. Please report suspicious or criminal activities to law enforcement at 509-332-2521 or 911.

10.10 | Daily Crime and Fire Log

The WSU PD produces and posts a Daily Crime Log of all crimes reported to WSU PD. The log is available 24 hours per day to anyone wishing to access it. The log identifies the type of report, location, and time of each incident reported to the WSU PD. The Daily Crime Log is available online and in person at WSU PD, located at 2201 E. Grimes Way, Pullman, Washington 99164.

The Fire and Safety Compliance Officer maintains a Fire Log of all fire incidents that have occurred in WSU Housing and Residence Life (Residence Life) buildings. The log identifies the type of incident, location, a time of each fire incident in Residence Life buildings. The Fire Log at is available at the Washington State University Police Department located at 2201 E. Grimes Way, Pullman, Washington 99164.

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Section 11 | Drug and Alcohol Policies and Programs

11.1 | WSU Policies Governing Alcohol and Other Drugs

WSU Executive Policy #20 aims to eliminate alcohol and drug abuse and to educate the University community on relevant laws and consequences. This policy provides consistency and clarity on the permitted use and enforcement of alcohol laws and statutes on all WSU properties statewide. WSU’s policy prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol on University-controlled property.

Additionally, Washington state law, RCW Chapter 70.160, prohibits smoking in any WSU owned, leased, rented public place or place of employment. The WSU Pullman, WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, and WSU Vancouver campuses each restrict tobacco and nicotine use on campus, with the exception to tobacco cessation programs or approved research. Refer to Safety Policies and Procedures Manual (SPPM) 6.10.
Employees who violate Executive Policy #20 or SPPM 6.10 may be subject to corrective or disciplinary actions.

11.2 | Workplace Policy

WSU complies with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. This program provides educational and training programs and prohibits the use of controlled substances in the workplace. In addition, WSU has developed programs to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and/or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol by employees and students. Any employee who violates the WSU Alcohol and Drug Policy, Executive Policy #20, may be subject to corrective or disciplinary action by the university, in addition to any penalties resulting from violating local, state and/or federal law. Sanctions for illegal use of drugs and/or alcohol in the workplace may include, but are not limited to, recommendations for completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program, written or verbal warning, required training, letter of reprimand, censure, demotion, salary reduction, dismissal, and, in emergency situations, immediate suspension. Additionally, Washington state law (RCW Chapter 70.160) prohibits smoking in any University owned, leased, or rented public place or place of employment.

11.3 | Student Policies

11.3.1 | University Alcohol and Drug Policy

The WSU PD and local police enforce all Washington state laws pertaining to drugs and alcohol, and students may also be subject to sanctions through the Center for Community Standards (CCS). CCS will follow procedures outlined in the Standards of Conduct for Students (Standards of Conduct), WAC 504-26, if an alleged violation is reported.

The legal age for individuals to consume alcohol in the state of Washington is 21. Those not of legal age who consume alcohol will be in violation of the Standards of Conduct and WSU’s Alcohol and Drug Policy. Students of legal age who choose to drink alcoholic beverages are expected to do so responsibly and according to the policies and regulations of their living environment (i.e., residence halls, fraternity and sorority chapter-owned facilities, campus apartments, etc.).

Students may not:

  • Distribute and/or sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
  • Drink or possess alcohol if under the age of 21.
  • Drink or possess alcohol regardless of age if alcohol is prohibited at the location.
  • Possess, use, manufacture, distribute and/or sell drugs (marijuana, narcotics, or other controlled substance) and drug paraphernalia (pipes, bongs, scales, cigarette papers, etc.).
  • Drink alcohol at a sponsored event on any University property without an alcohol license or banquet permit.
  • Overconsume alcohol or be intoxicated in public.

If students are under the age of 21 or are in a location that prohibits all alcohol or drugs (including residence hall rooms, shared areas in residence halls, fraternity and sorority chapter-owned facilities that are alcohol-free), leave the area immediately. Any person who is in the room while alcohol and/or drugs are present may be in violation of the Standards of Conduct and/or the law. Even if you just walked in the room, the alcohol and/or drugs isn’t yours, you did not drink any alcohol or use any drugs and/or you are completely sober, you may still be responsible for violating University Policy.
Students must comply with “no alcohol” policies if established for floors within residence halls, living groups, and/or designated residence halls.

Students are accountable to the Standards of Conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree. The Standards of Conduct apply to on campus and online behavior and some off-campus behavior. For more information about jurisdiction, please visit WAC 504-26-015.

11.3.2 | Applicable Standards of Conduct for Students

WAC 504-26-211 Drugs and drug paraphernalia: Use, possession, or distribution of marijuana, narcotics, or other controlled substances, and drug paraphernalia except as permitted by federal, state, and local law.

WAC 504-26-212 Alcohol: Use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except as expressly permitted by university regulations, and federal, state, and local laws), or public intoxication. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstance, be used by, possessed by, or distributed to any person not of legal age.

11.3.3 | Good Samaritan Guideline

The WSU Good Samaritan Guideline ensures that students receive prompt and appropriate attention in the event of alcohol and/or drug intoxication. This guideline is similar to Washington State laws followed by law enforcement. If a student or community member sees a friend or stranger experiencing symptoms of alcohol or drug intoxication and needing medical help, they can contact local police, WSU police, medical professionals, university staff members, and/or resident advisors for assistance. Neither party will receive any formal discipline for alcohol or drug use and possession under our community standards. This guideline does not apply to any disciplinary action for incidents beyond drug and alcohol use. For example, incidents that include hazing, sexual assault, physical abuse, malicious mischief, disorderly conduct, acts of hate or bias, may initiate the community standards process. WSU reserves the right to sanction repeat alcohol and drug offenders, including organizations, and to pursue disciplinary action for any violation which the University considers serious enough to require such action.

11.4 | Medical and Recreational Cannabis

In accordance with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, WSU strictly prohibits the use, possession, manufacture, or distribution and/or sale of cannabis and other controlled substances anywhere on campus. It is a violation of the Standards of Conduct, as well as University Housing Policy, for students to use, possess, manufacture, distribute and/or sell cannabis while on University property, even if the student is over the age of 21 and/or procured the cannabis through legal means.

Additionally, WSU prohibits the use of medical cannabis on campus, including all residence halls and WSU apartments. Cannabis obtained for medicinal purposes cannot be stored or used in the residence halls or WSU apartments. The use and/or storage of all drug paraphernalia is also prohibited in the residence halls and WSU apartments. All questions regarding the reasonable accommodation of medical conditions, including conditions treated with medical cannabis, should be directed to the WSU Access Center by calling 509-335-3417.

11.5 | Drug and Alcohol Education Programs

Cougar Health Services including Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Health Promotion, and the Medical Clinic Services

Cougar Health Services (CHS) offers a range of online and in-person services related to substance use including 1:1 counseling, assessment, therapy groups, workshops and outreach programs, online confidential and personalized feedback, text messaging, and consultation to WSU students. These services support personal efforts to maintain health and the reduction of health harms—including substance use/disorder—so students can achieve academic, career, and personal success. The foundation of CHS programs is built on best practice recommended for substance abuse in a university setting in the College Alcohol Intervention Matrix (College AIM, 2015).

Additionally, CHS substance abuse programs are in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA). DFSCA report available upon request. Select programs and targeted services are described below.

Clinical Treatment

CAPS utilizes a generalist model of alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment, whereby all psychologists, staff psychological residents, psychology interns, and practicum students may be referred clients with AOD issues, as AOD issues are open co-morbid with other psychological disorders. All psychologists, staff psychological residents, and psychology interns are able to work with AOD issues. Generally, clinical services are based on student need and voluntary participation.

These include:

Alcohol and other drug use screening at intake and addressed with individual counsling sessions.

Follow-up for WSU students following AOD-related hospitalization, in conjunction with Pullman Regional Hospital.

Ongoing workshops/groups provided in CAPS integrate AOD use into discussion and intervention.

Referral to community-based services and resources.

Harm Reduction Outreach

E-CHUG: e-CHUG is an online and confidential survey that allows students to receive personalized feedback about the impacts of alcohol and other drug use. It is an open access survey available to all students.

Multicultural Student Services (MSS) outreach: Health Promotion facilitates culturally-based outreaches and liaison services focused on long-term relationships with student groups primarily located in MSS. The effective practice of psycho-education and harm reduction in higher education requires culturally competent facilitation in outreach and education efforts in order to advance the health of all individual students and the university community at large. This includes the design of outreach, which reflects the social, political, and economic diversity of the student body and cultural environments. Health Promotions’ efforts towards culturally competent outreach includes the application of empirically-based strategies in conjunction with culturally-focused strategies. This comprehensive program utilizes a peer/professional model, identity concordance and the use of various education modalities with motivational interviewing.

Fraternity and Sorority Community and Residence Hall Outreach: Upon request, Health Promotion offers harm reduction outreach and consultation to Residence Life, individual residence halls, Fraternity and Sorority chapter houses, and the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life. Topics can include substance use emergency response, blackout and cognitive impact, mixing alcohol and other substances, academic impacts and substance use, sleep and impacts of substance use.

Additionally, Cougar Health Services Counseling and Psychological Services and Health Promotions provide annual training to Resident Education Directors (REDs) and Residence Advisors (RAs) on the interrelationship between substance use, mental health, and academic success. Training is available to Fraternity and Sorority leadership upon request and is semiregularly provided at Fraternity and Sorority leadership meetings. Trainings with the Center for Community Standards staff and student employees is available upon request.

IMPACT

IMPACT is an education service provided to students, who are referred by the Center for Community Standards (CCS) for substance use violations. The purpose of this intervention is to administer a substance abuse education program that is focused on harm reduction strategies, motivational interviewing, and brief intervention. The IMPACT classes and 1:1 sessions have been developed to provide an empirically-based intervention to meet the specific needs of students who exhibit high risk substance use behaviors. The IMPACT program is unique in that it is not a ‘one size fits all’ intervention; rather, IMPACT is structured to route students, via confidential assessment with personalized feedback, to the intervention that best meets their needs in terms of behavior change, psycho-education, and clinical concerns.

Students receive direction for their routed participation (group or 1:1 sessions and assessment type) in multiple ways: from the Center for Community Standards (CCS), in the IMPACT workshop, and the Health Promotions website. A detailed procedural flow chart and routing logic for 1:1 vs. group the 4 sanction types (alcohol, cannabis, poly-substance, and other drug) as well as the sanction/violation number (1, 2, 3) is available upon request.

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Section 12 | Additional Campus Security Policies or Resources

12.1 | Missing Student Policy

WSU takes the well-being of students seriously and the university has processes in place when a student is missing. If anyone has reason to believe that a WSU student is missing, they should immediately call 911 and report the concern. Callers outside the Pullman area should call WHITCOM at 509-332-2521. Should the student reside on campus, the WSU staff in on-campus housing are instructed to contact the WSU PD if they believe a student is missing or reported by others to be missing.

Housing and Residence Life Policy for Missing Students:

If you believe a student to be missing, whether reported by their roommate, family member, or your own concerns, follow these steps:

  • Gather information on why the student is suspected as missing (e.g. missing class, not home for a couple days, their things are missing form the room, etc).
  • Call the RED on Duty immediately
    Information that is helpful to have when talking with the RED on Duty (or your own RED) includes:

    • All the information listed above
    • Student’s cell phone number
    • When and where the student was last seen
    • If anyone (parent, police, etc.) have been asking about the student or looking for the student
  • Call WSU PD immediately following your call to the RED on Duty
    • If the missing student is under 18 and is not an emancipated individual, WSU PD will notify the student’s parent/guardian within 24 hours after they’re determined missing
    • All students residing in on-campus housing, regardless of age, may identify “one or more” individuals to be a contact “strictly for missing persons purposes.” Students can update this through their myWSU account; the information provided will only be accessible to authorized campus offices and law enforcement (see next section for more information).

12.1.1 | Contact Person Policy

All students residing in on-campus housing, regardless of age, may identify one or more individuals to be a contact strictly for missing persons purposes. The contact person(s) will be contacted by the university not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined missing by WSU PD. Students are encouraged to provide contact information on their MyWSU account at incoming mandatory orientation. Students can update the contact(s) by accessing their MyWSU account; contact information is registered confidentially. The information provided will only be accessible to authorized campus offices and to law enforcement in in case of emergency, which may include a missing person investigation.

Students under 18 years of age and not emancipated are advised that the institution must notify a custodial parent or guardian within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing, in addition to notifying nay additional contact person designated by the student. In addition, WSU will notify local law enforcement agencies within 24 hours of the determination that a student is missing, unless the local law enforcement agency was the entity that made the determination that the student is missing.

12.1.2 | Procedures

All students residing in on-campus housing, regardless of age, may identify one or more individuals to be a contact strictly for missing persons purposes. The contact person(s) will be contacted by the university not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined missing by WSU PD. Students are encouraged to provide contact information on their MyWSU account at incoming mandatory orientation. Students can update the contact(s) by accessing their MyWSU account. The information provided will only be accessible to authorized campus offices and to law enforcement in in case of emergency, which may include a missing person investigation.

WSU PD makes the determination as to whether the student is considered to be missing. Consistent with the Clery Act, within 24 hours of a determination that a student residing in on-campus housing is missing, WSU PD will transmit a report for inclusion within the Washington Crime Information Center (WACIC) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) databases. The information is also relayed to other local and surrounding law enforcement agencies. Additionally, if the missing student is under the age of 18 and not emancipated, WSU will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian and any other contact person(s) designated by the student within 24 hours after WSU PD has determined the student is missing.

12.2 | Weapons Policy

The WSU Standards of Conduct for Students, WAC 504-26-213, prohibits students from carrying, possessing or using any firearm, explosive (including fireworks), dangerous chemicals, or any dangerous weapon on university property or in university approved housing. Additionally, airsoft guns and any other item that appears to be a firearm, or any item that shoots projectiles are prohibited in WSU housing.

12.3 | Sexual or Violent Offenders List

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 requires colleges and universities to inform students and employees how to learn the identity of registered sex offenders on campus. This law also requires that sex offenders provide notice to any institution of higher education at which the person is employed or is a student.

You can obtain information regarding registered sexual offenders by contacting the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office, Records Department, located at N. 411 Mill, Colfax, Washington, 509-397-6266. Additionally, the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office maintains an OffenderWatch portal which can be found at the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office Website .  This page includes information on how to search for registered sex offenders in the area as well as additional information about sex offender registration laws, safety tips, and shareable Community Awareness Fliers.

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Section 13 | Housing and Fire Safety

In August 2008, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) became law. This act requires all U.S. academic institutions to produce an annual fire safety report outlining fire safety practices, standards, and all fire-related on campus statistics pertaining to on-campus residential buildings.  Pursuant to this act, the following section includes fire safety practices and standards, applicable to the WSU Pullman campus.  Fire statistics are available in Section 18.

13.1 | On Campus Student Housing Fire Safety Systems

University Housing and Residence Life Residence Halls

All of WSU’s operational residence halls have full fire sprinkler systems and automatic fire alarm systems that report to a continuously staffed dispatch center.

Campus Apartments

The WSU campus in Pullman has nine (9) on-campus apartment complexes for students and their families. Of these nine (9) complexes, three (3) have a full fire sprinkler system and an alarm system that automatically reports to a continuously staffed dispatch center. One (1) of the nine (9) on-campus apartment complexes has a room level alarm system that automatically reports to a continuously staffed dispatch center. All apartment units in all nine (9) complexes have smoke detectors. Most of these smoke detectors are single station detectors that sound a local alarm but do not automatically report to the dispatch center. Two of these apartment complexes have heat detectors in boiler and laundry rooms which automatically report to the dispatch center.

13.2 | Student Housing Evacuation Procedures

Student Residence Hall evacuation locations are as follows:

Community Duncan Dunn

  • PRIMARY
    • Across the street near McCroskey Hall in the open grass area;
    • Across the street from the front of the building in the Green 4 parking lot.
  • SECONDARY
    • Wilmer and Davis Main Lobbies

Gannon-Goldsworthy

  • PRIMARY
    • Across the sky bridge in front of the Neil and Shock Physics buildings;
    • On the west McEachern walkway above the Southside Dining Center;
    • In the Kruegel (Green 2) parking lot
  • SECONDARY
    • Stephenson Down Under

Global Scholars

  • PRIMARY
    • Across the street in the Smith Gym parking lot
  • SECONDARY
    • Northside Lobby

Honors

  • PRIMARY
    • Across the street (Spokane St.) in front of Honors
  • SECONDARY
    • McCroskey Lobby

McCroskey

  • PRIMARY
    • The south lawn, across the sidewalk, between McCroskey and Thompson
  • SECONDARY
    • Honors 4th floor lounge

McEachern

  • PRIMARY
    • The Rogers-Orton playfield
  • SECONDARY
    • Orton Lobby/12th floor

Northside

  • PRIMARY
    • Around the fire pit and Flag Lane/bus parking area by the track
  • SECONDARY
    • Regents Lobby/Sky Lounge

Olympia

  • PRIMARY
    • The Rogers-Orton playfield
  • SECONDARY
    • McEachern Lobby

Orton

  • PRIMARY
    • The Rogers-Orton playfield
  • SECONDARY
    • McEachern Lobby

Regents

  • PRIMARY
    • Across Colorado Street in front of Bohler Gym
  • SECONDARY
    • Coman Lobby/Lounge

Rogers

  • PRIMARY
    • The Green 2 parking lot near Kruegel Hall
  • SECONDARY
    • Orton Lobby/12th floor

Scott-Coman

  • PRIMARY
    • The Crimson lot in front of Regents, next to Northside Hall
  • SECONDARY
    • Regents Lobby/Sky Lounge

Stephenson East

  • PRIMARY
    • End of the lowest Crimson 2 parking lot of the hall
  • SECONDARY
    • Rogers Lobby/12th floor

Stephenson North

  • PRIMARY
    • The Kruegel Hall (Green 2) parking lot across the street
  • SECONDARY
    • Rogers Lobby/12th floor

Stephenson South

  • PRIMARY
    • The lower Crimson 2 parking lot behind the building
  • SECONDARY
    • Rogers Lobby/12th floor

Stephenson Complex

  • PRIMARY
    • Individual Buildings locations
  • SECONDARY
    • Rogers lobby with overflow into the Gannon-Goldsworthy Lobby

Stevens

  • PRIMARY
    • The sidewalk in front of the building
  • SECONDARY
    • Wilmer Lounge

Stimson

  • PRIMARY
    • Waller basketball court and lower lot
  • SECONDARY
    • Waller Lobby

Streit Perham

  • PRIMARY
    • On Flag Lane near the fire pit
  • SECONDARY
    • Regents Lobby/Sky Lounge

Waller

  • PRIMARY
    • Stimson basketball court and lot
  • SECONDARY
    • Stimson Lobby

Wilmer-Davis

  • PRIMARY
    • Green 4 parking lot north of Davis
    • The Green 4 parking lot north of Chinook
    • Stevens Lawn
  • SECONDARY
    • Stevens Lobby

13.3 | On Campus Housing Fire Safety Regulations

The following is the list of room regulations every resident must follow. The list is posted in every residence hall room.

  • Smoke detectors are located in all residence hall sleeping rooms as a source of early warning in case of fire. To ensure it is working properly, test your smoke detector monthly. Smoke detectors can be tested by pushing the test button on the bottom of the detector. If a loud shrill alarm is produced by the detector, it is working properly. If the detector fails to sound an alarm or if it emits a short beep intermittently, the battery in the detectors must be replaced. Remove the battery from the detector and take it to the hall information desk for a replacement battery, free of charge.
  • All extension cords must be three-wire, three-prong type, and must be constructed with a minimum of 16-gauge wire. (Gauge numbers vary inversely with capacity.) Cords must be well-maintained with no breaks in the insulation.
  • Light-construction, multiple-outlet devices (cube taps) that plug directly into outlets are not authorized. Heavy duty, multiple outlet devices equipped with internal breaker protection, three-wire, three-prong ground protection, and 16-gauge or heavier wires are authorized. Authorized extension cords may be equipped with multiple outlets, as long as the outlet fitting is a single-piece, fused-rubber type that is an integral component of the extension cord.
  • Not more than one high-wattage appliance such as a hair dryer, water warmer, etc., may be connected to a single wall outlet at one time.
  • All appliances must be sufficiently protected from shock hazards and must be maintained in good repair with no insulation damage or exposed wires.
  • Electrical cooking equipment such as fry pans, toasters, hot oil popcorn poppers, hot plates, personal microwaves, etc., are not authorized for use in student rooms. Well-maintained hot air popcorn poppers, coffee pots, bread making machines, and water warmers are allowed only if they are placed on a non-combustible surface such as ceramic or insulated metal.
  • Electrical cords must not be crushed, compressed, constricted, or coiled in a manner that may cause breakdown of insulation, cause heat, or cause an induced current to appear in adjacent metal objects. Modification of electrical wiring is not permitted. Electrical cords shall not run through walls, ceilings, floors, doorways or windows, or across exits.
  • Under certain circumstances (heating is inadequate, nonexistent, or temporarily out of order), portable heaters are authorized in residence halls. For guidance on authorized models see the Safety Policies and Procedures Manual, Policy 8.50.
  • Draperies, tapestries, blankets, or posters that are displayed on walls and doors in a manner which would facilitate ignition, block exits or fire detection units, or present overhead fire hazards are not authorized.
  • Student-constructed furniture, posters, papers, and combustible decorations may not be present in sufficient amounts to constitute an excessive combustible fire load, nor can fire safety devices be obstructed.
  • Decisions concerning fire load violations will be rendered in accordance with the judgment of the inspector and the following inspection guidelines:
    • Combustible wall paneling is prohibited.
    • Not more than 50% of room wall space may be covered with combustible decorations.
    • Full floor carpeting is allowed only on the original floor.
    • Anything that hinders quick exit from a room (e.g. messy room, furniture, etc.) is prohibited and must be corrected.
    • Life safety signs on the inside of each residence room door shall be visible at all times. If the placard has been torn or defected, a new placard shall be obtained from Housing Services and placed over the existing placard.
    • Decorations must be non-combustible or flame proofed. Paper and streamers attached to ceilings are not allowed. All decorations must be removed no later than three days following a holiday; Christmas/Chanukah/ Kwanzaa/Ramadan decorations must be removed before semester break. Christmas trees and decorations are prohibited in hallways and elevator rooms. Small, fresh Christmas trees are permitted and must be placed in water. The base of the tree must be removed with an angled cut, at least one inch above the original cut. Trees must be well-supported, away from all sources of heat and ignition. Decorative lighting must be well maintained and bear the “UL” label. Lights must be unplugged when unattended.
    • Decorations in hallways are limited to room doors.
  • Any explosives, including but not limited to, primers, powder, dynamite caps, firecrackers, and pyrotechnics, as well as ammunition and dangerous chemicals, are prohibited in the residence halls. Toy guns and “assassin” games, the purpose of which is to simulate killing others, are prohibited.

Individuals found in violation of safety regulations will be cited and given the opportunity to correct the problem. Failure to comply with safety regulations will result in disciplinary action and/or a fine.

Candles, incense and similar open-flame-producing items shall not be allowed in sleeping units in Group R-2 dormitory occupancies per the International Fire Code.

No smoking is permitted on the WSU Pullman campus including buildings, residence halls, and apartments. WSU Pullman’s campus policy in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Chapter 504-38 prohibits all forms of tobacco and any nicotine-delivery devices, including electronic cigarettes, in or on WSU Pullman campus grounds and state owned vehicles and equipment. This includes non-contiguous WSU-owned property located within the city limits of Pullman, WA and within Whitman County.

WSU employees, students and visitors are responsible for complying with Washington state law (RCW Chapter 70.160, Clean Indoor Air Act) and any applicable campus tobacco and nicotine use policy, referenced above.

13.4 | Fire Drills for Residence Halls

All University Residence Halls are required by the fire code to have four fire drills annually, which include at least one night time drill. Academic buildings receive fire drills periodically based on hazard assessment, accreditation requirements, and safety committee recommendations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were no fire drills for the calendar year 2020. Fire drills will resume when it is safe to do so.

13.5 | Plans for Future Improvement in Fire Safety

WSU will continue to maintain facilities, including residence halls and university owned apartments in a manner consistent with the International Fire Code, International Building Code, National Fire Protection Association, as well as state and federal laws. All new construction shall be compliant with the appropriate fire, building, and life safety code requirements.

The WSU Fire and Safety Compliance Officer and WSU Life Safety Technicians work closely with the Pullman Fire Marshal and FM Global to address and correct deficiencies in an ongoing effort to improve fire safety on campus.

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Section 14 | University Fire Safety Resources and Education Programs

14.1 | Education and Training Programs

WSU Fire and Safety conducts fire extinguisher training classes with hands-on extinguishment of fires for university employees. These classes are conducted outside in non-freezing weather using water and propane gas based fire extinguisher training apparatus.

The Fire and Safety Compliance Officer also conducts fire safety seminars and classes for residence halls and academic departments when requested. Five fire safety videos from the Center for Campus Fire Safety regarding college residence hall fires are available. Fire safety training includes the procedures that students and employees should follow in the case of a fire.  For further information, call the Fire and Safety Compliance Officer’s office at 509-335-4310.

14.2 | Resources

Emergency Fire Response:

Pullman Fire Department is a combination department comprised of full-time professional and reserve firefighters engaging in the performance of fire suppression and emergency medical services. Fire suppression is provided to all properties within the city limits of Pullman including Washington State University. Department Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians provide ambulance service to the city and to 450 square miles of rural area including the town of Palouse.

Life Safety Technicians:

WSU Facilities Operations employs full-time NICET certified life safety technicians who routinely maintain and test fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, and fire extinguishers on the Pullman campus to ensure reliable operation in the event of a fire emergency.

14.3 | Reporting in Case of a Fire

If there is a fire emergency dial 911

Reports that a fire occurred should be made to the WSU Fire Safety and Compliance Officer by calling 509-335-8548. Reports made to the WSU Fire Safety and Compliance Officer are included in the statistics in the annual fire safety report.  WSU employees should follow the Fire Safety Procedures, Section 8.20 in the Safety Policies and Procedures Manual.

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Section 15 | Crime Definitions under Federal Law

The following definitions are provided in the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act)(34 CFR Part 668), or referenced from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. For purposes of complying with the Clery Act, an incident meeting these definitions is considered a crime for the purpose of Clery Act reporting.

Dating violence:

Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.

(i) The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

(ii) For the purposes of this definition –

(A) Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.

(B) Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.

(iii) For the purposes of complying with the requirements of this section and § 668.41, any incident meeting this definition is considered a crime for the purposes of Clery Act reporting.

Domestic violence:

(i) A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed –

(A) By a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim;

(B) By a person with whom the victim shares a child in common;

(C) By a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner;

(D) By a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred, or

(E) By any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.

Sexual assault: 

An offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape as used in the FBI’s UCR program.

Rape:

The carnal konwledge of a person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

Fondling:

The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of their age or because of their temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

Incest:

Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

Statutory Rape:

Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

Stalking:

(i) Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to –

(A) Fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or

(B) Suffer substantial emotional distress.

(ii) For the purposes of this definition –

(A) Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property.

(B) Reasonable person means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the victim.

(C) Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.

Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter

The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another. Any death caused by injuries received in a fight, argument, quarrel, assault, or commission of a crime is classified as murder and non-negligent manslaughter.

Negligent manslaughter

The killing of another person through gross negligence. Deaths of persons due to their own negligence, accidental deaths not resulting from gross negligence, and traffic fatalities, are not included in the category Manslaughter by Negligence.

Robbery:

The taking, or attempted taking, of anything of value from one person by another, in which the offender uses force or the threat of violence.

Aggravated Assault:

Aggravated assault is an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.

Burglary:

The unlawful entry into a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or a theft.

Motor Vehicle theft:

The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle, including automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, and mopeds.

Arson:

The willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle, or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

Liquor Law Violations:

The violation of laws or ordinance prohibiting: the manufacture, sale, transportation, possession, or use of alcoholic beverages.

Drug Law Violations (Drug/Narcotic Offenses, Drug/Narcotic Violations, and Drug Equipment Violations):

The violation oflaws prohibiting the production, distribution, and/or use of certain controlled substances and the equipment or devices utilized in their preparation and/or use.

The unlawful cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, use, possession, transportation, or importation of any controlled drug or narcotic substances.

The unlawful manufacture, sale, purchase, posession, or transportation of equiptment or devices utilized in preparing and/or using drugs or narcotics.

Hate crime: 

A crime reported to local police agencies or to a campus security authority that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias against the victim. For the purposes of this section, the categories of bias include the victim’s actual or perceived race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, and disability.

For Clery Act reporting purposes, hate crimes include any offense in the following list that is motivated by bias: Murder and non-negligent manslaughter, sex offense, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, destruction/damage/vandalism to property, intimidation, larceny/theft, and simply assault.

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Section 16 | Crime Definitions under Washington State Law

The following definitions are provided under Washington State Law.

Consent (RCW 9A.44.010)

At the time of the act of sexual intercourse or sexual contact there are actual words or conduct indicating freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact.

Mental Incapacity (RCW 9A.44.010)

A condition existing at the time of the offense which prevents a person from understanding the nature or consequences of the act of sexual intercourse whether that condition is produced by illness, defect, the influence of a substance, or from some other cause.

Physically Helpless (RCW 9A.44.010)

A person who is unconscious or for any other reason is physically unable to communicate unwillingness to an act.

Forcible Compulsion (RCW 9A.44.010)

Physical force which overcomes resistance, or a threat, express or implied, that places a person in fear of death or physical injury to herself or himself or another person, or in fear that she or he or another person will be kidnapped.

Sexual Intercourse (RCW 9A.44.010)

      • Has its ordinary meaning and occurs upon any penetration, however slight, and
      • Also means any penetration of the vagina or anus however slight, by an object, when committed on one person by another, whether such persons are of the same or opposite sex, except when such penetration is accomplished for medically recognized treatment or diagnostic purposes, and
      • Also means any act of sexual contact between persons involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another whether such persons are of the same or opposite sex

Sexual Contact (RCW 9A.44.010)

Any touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of a person done for the purpose of gratifying sexual desire of either party or a third party.

Domestic Violence (RCW 26.50.010)

      • Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, sexual assault, or stalking as defined in RCW 9A.46.110 of one intimate partner by another intimate partner; or
      • Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, sexual assault, or stalking as defined in RCW 9A.46.110 of one family or household member by another family or household member.

Family Or Household Members (RCW 26.50.010)

  • Adult persons related by blood or marriage;
  • Adult persons who are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past; and
  • Persons who have a biological or legal parent-child relationship, including stepparents and stepchildren and grandparents and grandchildren.

Intimate Partner (RCW 26.50.010)

  • Spouses, or domestic partners;
  • Former spouses, or former domestic partners;
  • Persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time;
  • Adult persons presently or previously residing together who have or have had a dating relationship;
  • Persons sixteen years of age or older who are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past and who have or have had a dating relationship; and
  • Persons sixteen years of age or older with whom a person sixteen years of age or older has or has had a dating relationship.

Dating Relationship (RCW 26.50.010)

A social relationship of a romantic nature. Factors that the court may consider in making this determination include:

    • The length of time the relationship has existed;
    • The nature of the relationship; and
    • The frequency of interaction between the parties

RAPE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (RCW 9A.44.040)

A person is guilty of rape in the first degree when such person engages in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion where the perpetrator or an accessory:

    • Uses or threatens to use a deadly weapon or what appears to be a deadly weapon; or
    • Kidnaps the victim; or
    • Inflicts serious physical injury, including but not limited to physical injury which renders the victim unconscious; or
    • Feloniously enters into the building or vehicle where the victim is situated.

RAPE IN THE SECOND DEGREE (RCW 9A.44.050)

A person is guilty of rape in the second degree when, under circumstances not constituting rape in the first degree, the person engages in sexual intercourse with another person:

    • By forcible compulsion;
    • When the victim is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless or mentally incapacitated;
    • When the victim is a person with a developmental disability and the perpetrator is a person who:
      • Has supervisory authority over the victim; or
      • Was providing transportation, within the course of his or her employment, to the victim at the time of the offense;
    • When the perpetrator is a health care provider, the victim is a client or patient, and the sexual intercourse occurs during a treatment session, consultation, interview, or examination. It is an affirmative defense that the defendant must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the client or patient consented to the sexual intercourse with the knowledge that the sexual intercourse was not for the purpose of treatment;
    • When the victim is a resident of a facility for persons with a mental disorder or chemical dependency and the perpetrator is a person who has supervisory authority over the victim; or
    • When the victim is a frail elder or vulnerable adult and the perpetrator is a person who:
      • Has a significant relationship with the victim; or
      • Was providing transportation, within the course of his or her employment, to the victim at the time of the offense.

RAPE IN THE THIRD DEGREE (RCW 9A.44.060)

A person is guilty of rape in the third degree when, under circumstances not constituting rape in the first or second degrees, such person engages in sexual intercourse with another person:

    • Where the victim did not consent as defined in RCW 9A.44.010(7), to sexual intercourse with the perpetrator; or
    • Where there is threat of substantial unlawful harm to property rights of the victim.

VOYEURISM (RCW 9A.44.115)

A person commits the crime of voyeurism in the first degree if, for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire any person, he or she knowingly views, photographs, or films:

    • Another person without that person’s knowledge and consent while the person being viewed, photographed, or filmed is in a place where he or she would have a reasonable expectation of privacy; or
    • The intimate areas of another person without that person’s knowledge and consent and under circumstances where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, whether in a public or private place.

A person commits the crime of voyeurism in the second degree if he or she intentionally photographs or films another person for the purpose of photographing or filming the intimate areas fo that person with the intent to distribute or disseminate the photograph or film, without that person’s knoledge or consent, and under circumstances where the person has a erasonable expectation of privacy, whether in a public or private place.
INDECENT EXPOSURE (RCW 9A.88.010)

A person is guilty of indecent exposure if he or she intentionally makes any open and obscene exposure of his or her person or the person of another knowing that such conduct is likely to cause reasonable affront or alarm. The act of breastfeeding or expressing breast milk is not indecent exposure.

HARASSMENT (RCW 9A.46.020)

A person is guilty of harassment if:

    • Without lawful authority, the person knowingly threatens:
      • To cause bodily injury immediately or in the future to the person threatened or to any other person; or
      • To cause physical damage to the property of a person other than the actor; or
      • To subject the person threatened or any other person to physical confinement or restraint; or
      • Maliciously to do any other act which is intended to substantially harm the person threatened or another with respect to his or her physical or mental health or safety; and
    • The person by words or conduct places the person threatened in reasonable fear that the threat will be carried out. “Words or conduct” includes, in addition to any other form of communication or conduct, the sending of an electronic communication.

STALKING (RCW 9A.46.110)

A person commits the crime of stalking if, without lawful authority and under circumstances not amounting to a felony attempt of another crime:

    • He or she intentionally and repeatedly harasses or repeatedly follows another person, and the person being harassed or followed is placed in fear that the stalker intends to injure the person, another person, or property of the person or of another.
      • The feeling of fear must be one that a reasonable person in the same situation would experience under all the circumstances; and
    • The stalker either:
      • Intends to frighten, intimidate, or harass the person; or
      • Knows or reasonably should know that the person is afraid, intimidated, or harassed even if the stalker did not intend to place the person in fear or intimidate or harass the person.

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Section 17 | Crime Statistics

17.1 | Preparation of Crime Statistics

Washington State University (WSU) prepares this report in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), as well as the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act, using information obtained by the WSU Clery Compliance Committee comprised of representatives from various WSU offices including, but not limited to, the WSU Police Department (WSU PD), WSU Compliance and Civil Rights (CCR), the Center for Community Standards (CCS), Cougar Health Services (CHS), Housing and Residence Life, and the Office of Emergency Management.

Additionally, information is gathered from Campus Security Authorities, local law enforcement agencies (including the Pullman Police Department (Pullman PD) and the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office), and information provided by other surrounding law enforcement agencies.

17.2 | Crime Statistics

 


2018–2020* Comparative Crime Statistics, WSU Pullman, On-Campus Property
OFFENSE 2018 2019 2020
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Manslaughter by Negligence 0 0 0
Rape 25 12 7
Fondling 7 1 3
Incest 0 0 0
Statutory Rape 0 0 0
Robbery 1 0 0
Assault (Aggravated) 2 0 1
Burglary 10 10 4
Motor Vehicle Theft 1 1 0
Arson 0 0 0
Stalking 13 24 11
Domestic Violence 7 3 2
Dating Violence 14 8 1
Arrests: Alcohol Law Violations 63 67 18
Arrests: Drug Abuse Violations 26 32 14
Arrests: Weapons Violations 1 0 1
Referrals: Alcohol Law Violations 252 222 127
Referrals: Drug Abuse Violations 322 333 135
Referrals: Weapons Violations 0 0 0

 


2018–2020* Comparative Crime Statistics, WSU Pullman, On-Campus Residences (subset of On-Campus Property)
OFFENSE 2018 2019 2020
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Manslaughter by Negligence 0 0 0
Rape 25 12 7
Fondling 5 1 2
Incest 0 0 0
Statutory Rape 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Assault (Aggravated) 0 0 0
Burglary 5 6 2
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0
Stalking 2 11 5
Domestic Violence 3 3 1
Dating Violence 14 1 0
Arrests: Alcohol Law Violations 0 2 0
Arrests: Drug Abuse Violations 5 2 5
Arrests: Weapons Violations 0 0 0
Referrals: Alcohol Law Violations 169 162 108
Referrals: Drug Abuse Violations 246 279 98
Referrals: Weapons Violations 0 0 0

 


2018–2020* Comparative Crime Statistics, WSU Pullman, Non-Campus Student Housing Facilities
OFFENSE 2018 2019 2020
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Manslaughter by Negligence 0 0 0
Rape 10 8 13
Fondling 1 0 0
Incest 0 0 0
Statutory Rape 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Assault (Aggravated) 6 1 0
Burglary 7 3 7
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0
Arson 2 0 0
Stalking 1 2 0
Domestic Violence 1 0 0
Dating Violence 0 1 1
Arrests: Alcohol Law Violations 0 3 0
Arrests: Drug Abuse Violations 0 2 0
Arrests: Weapons Violations 0 0 1
Referrals: Alcohol Law Violations 0 1 2
Referrals: Drug Abuse Violations 0 0 0
Referrals: Weapons Violations 0 0 0

 


2018–2020* Comparative Crime Statistics, WSU Pullman, Non-Campus Public Property Pullman
OFFENSE 2018 2019 2020
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Manslaughter by Negligence 0 0 0
Rape 0 0 0
Fondling 0 0 0
Incest 0 0 0
Statutory Rape 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Assault (Aggravated) 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0
Stalking 0 0 0
Domestic Violence 0 0 0
Dating Violence 0 1 0
Arrests: Alcohol Law Violations 2 4 0
Arrests: Drug Abuse Violations 3 2 0
Arrests: Weapons Violations 1 1 0
Referrals: Alcohol Law Violations 0 0 0
Referrals: Drug Abuse Violations 9 0 0
Referrals: Weapons Violations 0 0 0

 


2018–2020* Comparative Crime Statistics, WSU Pullman, Unfounded
OFFENSE 2018 2019 2020
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Manslaughter by Negligence 0 0 0
Rape 3 0 2
Fondling 0 0 0
Incest 0 1 0
Statutory Rape 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Assault (Aggravated) 0 0 0
Burglary 0 1 2
Motor Vehicle Theft 3 6 3
Arson 0 0 0
Stalking 0 1 0
Domestic Violence 0 1 0
Dating Violence 0 0 0

 

*For 2018, there was one on-campus intimidation incident characterized by religion, and there was one on-campus intimidation and vandalism incident characterized by sexual orientation.

For 2019, there were no reported Hate Crimes.

For 2020, there was one on-campus, non-residential intimidation incident characterized by race.

It should be noted that this report provides the definition of Domestic Violence as defined by Washington State law (RCW). However, for the purpose of reporting statistics, some relationships, falling under the Washington State definition of domestic violence, may be counted as dating violence, not domestic violence, pursuant to the definitions provided by the Clery Act. The Clery Act definition generally provides that an intimate, or romantic, relationship must exist to be considered dating violence, whereas, domestic violence requires that the individuals be cohabitating as current or former spouses, or have an intimate relationship, thus, the relationship must be more than just two people living together as roommates.

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Section 18 | Fire Statistics

 


2020 Fire Statistics, Residence Halls, WSU Pullman
Residence Hall Number Of Fires Fire Cause Number of persons who received fire related injuries resulting in treatment at a medical facility Number of deaths related to a fire Value of property damage caused by a fire
Coman 0 n/a 0 0 0
Community Duncan-Dunn 0 n/a 0 0 0
Gannon 0 n/a 0 0 0
Global Scholars 0 n/a 0 0 0
Goldsworthy 0 n/a 0 0 0
Honors 0 n/a 0 0 0
McCroskey 0 n/a 0 0 0
McEachern 0 n/a 0 0 0
Northside 0 n/a 0 0 0
Olympia 0 n/a 0 0 0
Orton 0 n/a 0 0 0
Perham 0 n/a 0 0 0
Regents 0 n/a 0 0 0
Rogers 1 Cooking 0 0 $0.00
Scott 0 n/a 0 0 0
Stephenson East 0 n/a 0 0 0
Stephenson North 0 n/a 0 0 0
Stephenson South 0 n/a 0 0 0
Stevens 0 n/a 0 0 0
Stimson 0 n/a 0 0 0
Streit 0 n/a 0 0 0
Waller 0 n/a 0 0 0
Wilmer-Davis 0 n/a 0 0 0

2020 Fire Statistics, Campus Apartments, WSU Pullman
Apartment Number Of Fires Fire Cause Number of persons who received fire related injuries resulting in treatment at a medical facility Number of deaths related to a fire Value of property damage caused by a fire
Chief Joseph 0 n/a 0 0 0
Chinook 0 n/a 0 0 0
Columbia 0 n/a 0 0 0
Kamiak 0 n/a 0 0 0
Nez Perce 0 n/a 0 0 0
Steptoe 0 n/a 0 0 0
Terrace 0 n/a 0 0 0
Valley Crest 0 n/a 0 0 0
Yakama 0 n/a 0 0 0

2019 Fire Statistics, Residence Halls, WSU Pullman
Residence Hall Number Of Fires Fire Cause Number of persons who received fire related injuries resulting in treatment at a medical facility Number of deaths related to a fire Value of property damage caused by a fire
Coman 0 n/a 0 0 0
Community Duncan-Dunn 0 n/a 0 0 0
Gannon 0 n/a 0 0 0
Global Scholars 0 n/a 0 0 0
Goldsworthy 0 n/a 0 0 0
Honors 0 n/a 0 0 0
McCroskey 0 n/a 0 0 0
McEachern 0 n/a 0 0 0
Northside 0 n/a 0 0 0
Olympia 0 n/a 0 0 0
Orton 0 n/a 0 0 0
Perham 0 n/a 0 0 0
Regents 0 n/a 0 0 0
Rogers 0 n/a 0 0 0
Scott 0 n/a 0 0 0
Stephenson East 0 n/a 0 0 0
Stephenson North 0 n/a 0 0 0
Stephenson South 0 n/a 0 0 0
Stevens 0 n/a 0 0 0
Stimson 0 n/a 0 0 0
Streit 0 n/a 0 0 0
Waller 0 n/a 0 0 0
Wilmer-Davis 0 n/a 0 0 0

2019 Fire Statistics, Campus Apartments, WSU Pullman
Apartment Number Of Fires Fire Cause Number of persons who received fire related injuries resulting in treatment at a medical facility Number of deaths related to a fire Value of property damage caused by a fire
Chief Joseph 0 n/a 0 0 0
Chinook 0 n/a 0 0 0
Columbia 0 n/a 0 0 0
Kamiak 0 n/a 0 0 0
Nez Perce 1 Cooking 0 0 $559.00
Steptoe 0 n/a 0 0 0
Terrace 0 n/a 0 0 0
Valley Crest 1 Electrical 0 0 $500.00
Yakama 0 n/a 0 0 0

2018 Fire Statistics, Residence Halls, WSU Pullman
Residence Hall Number Of Fires Fire Cause Number of persons who received fire related injuries resulting in treatment at a medical facility Number of deaths related to a fire Value of property damage caused by a fire
Coman 0 n/a 0 0 0
Community Duncan-Dunn 0 n/a 0 0 0
Gannon 0 n/a 0 0 0
Global Scholars 0 n/a 0 0 0
Goldsworthy 0 n/a 0 0 0
Honors 0 n/a 0 0 0
McCroskey 0 n/a 0 0 0
McEachern 0 n/a 0 0 0
Northside 0 n/a 0 0 0
Olympia 0 n/a 0 0 0
Orton 0 n/a 0 0 0
Perham 0 n/a 0 0 0
Regents 0 n/a 0 0 0
Rogers 0 n/a 0 0 0
Scott 0 n/a 0 0 0
Stephenson East 0 n/a 0 0 0
Stephenson North 0 n/a 0 0 0
Stephenson South 0 n/a 0 0 0
Stevens 0 n/a 0 0 0
Stimson 0 n/a 0 0 0
Streit 1 Undetermined 0 0 $415.00
Waller 0 n/a 0 0 0
Wilmer-Davis 0 n/a 0 0 0

2018 Fire Statistics, Campus Apartments, WSU Pullman
Apartment Number Of Fires Fire Cause Number of persons who received fire related injuries resulting in treatment at a medical facility Number of deaths related to a fire Value of property damage caused by a fire
Chief Joseph 0 n/a 0 0 0
Chinook 0 n/a 0 0 0
Columbia 0 n/a 0 0 0
Kamiak 1 Cooking 0 0 $250.00
Nez Perce 0 n/a 0 0 0
Steptoe 1 Cooking 0 0 $5000.00
Terrace 0 n/a 0 0 0
Valley Crest 0 n/a 0 0 0
Yakama 0 n/a 0 0 0

Description of On Campus Student Housing Facility Fire Safety Systems for year 2020 – WSU Pullman
Residence Hall Fire Sprinkler System 24 Hour Monitored Fire Alarm System Fire Extinguishers Manual Pull Stations Smoke Detecotrs in Rooms Evacuation Placards Number of Fire Drills (No fire drills due to COVID-19 pandemic)
Coman X X X X X X 0
Community Duncan-Dunn X X X X X X 0
Gannon X X X X X X 0
Global Scholars X X X X X X 0
Goldsworthy X X X X X X 0
Honors X X X X X X 0
McCroskey X X X X X X 0
McEachern X X X X X X 0
Northside X X X X X X 0
Olympia X X X X X X 0
Orton X X X X X X 0
Perham X X X X X X 0
Regents X X X X X X 0
Rogers X X X X X X X
Scott X X X X X X 0
Stephenson East X X X X X X 0
Stephenson North X X X X X X 0
Stephenson South X X X X X X 0
Stevens X X X X X X 0
Stimson X X X X X X 0
Streit X X X X X X 0
Waller X X X X X X 0
Wilmer-Davis X X X X X X 0

Description of On Campus Student Housing Facility Fire Safety Systems for year 2020 – WSU Pullman
Aparment Fire Sprinkler System 24 Hour Monitored Fire Alarm System Fire Extinguishers Manual Pull Stations Smoke Detecotrs in Rooms Evacuation Placards Number of Fire Drills (No fire drills due to COVID-19 pandemic)
Chief Joseph X X X X X 0
Chinook X X 0
Columbia X X 0
Kamiak X X 0
Nez Perce X X 0
Steptoe X X 0
Terrace X X 0
Valley Crest X X 0
Yakama X X X X 0

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Section 19 | Campus Geography

 

19.1 | CRIME STATISTICS GEOGRAPHIC AREA

The locations for which Clery crimes are reported in the tables below includes the following areas:

      1. Buildings and property that are part of the institution’s campus;
      2. The institution’s non-campus buildings and property; and
      3. Public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

Campus is defined as:

      1. Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and
      2. Any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the area identified in paragraph (i) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).

Clery crimes are also reported when they occur at non-campus student housing facilities which includes university recognized fraternity and sorority residences.

19.1.1 | Campus Map – Pullman

map outlining WSU Pullman Campus Geography

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