Title IX


The Title IX Committee is formally charged with advising the president of Washington State University on matters relating to the University’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. These deal with nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance.

Washington State University Amnesty Statement

Washington State University (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 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 manufacture 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 CCS has concerns that a student’s repeat or severe misuse of alcohol or drugs will result in additional harm if unaddressed, the University may impose care-driven educational sanctions to address those concerns.


  • Title IX reads, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
  • Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault.
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)
  • Executive Policy 15: WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment
  • WSU Standards of Conduct for Students prohibits discrimination and sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence).

Lead Title IX Coordinator

Holly Ashkannejhad 
Compliance and Civil Rights
Washington State University
French Admin 225
Pullman, WA 99164-1022
Fax: (509) 335-5483

Title IX Personnel Training

WSU provides targeted training to employees who participate in Title IX processes. In general, all new staff are provided onboarding regarding WSU policies and procedures, records retention, FERPA requirements, and technology and record-keeping systems. Employees are also provided ongoing internal training and consultation with their supervisors, including providing trauma informed care, options for supportive measures, and investigative best practices. In addition, WSU participates in external webinars and trainings, as available. Specific relevant trainings include:

  • New Era ADR: The Psychology of a Title IX Dispute and the Importance of Empathy in the Path to a Successful Resolution (2023)
  • EndTab: Keeping Victims Digitally Safe at Home and Nonconsensual Tracking 101 – Personal Trackers (2023)
  • Community & Equity Certificate Program, WSU Student Affairs
  • Thompson Coburn: Title IX Training Series (2022)
  • Understanding Unconscious Bias, Overcoming your Own Unconscious Bias, Overcoming unconscious bias in the workplace, WSU Skillport (2022)
  • Department of Education Office for Civil Rights: The First Amendment and Title IX (2022)
  • Department of Education Office for Civil Rights: Due Process Protections under the New Title IX Regulations (2022)
  • Importance of the Interview in Title IX: Maximizing Opportunities for Information (2022)
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education: Students and Freedom of Expression on Campus (2022)
  • Association of College and University Educators: Examining and Mitigating Implicit Bias (2022)
  • Workplace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action, WSU Skillport (2022)
  • WA DEI Summit 2022
  • Jenner & Block: Balancing Diversity Imperatives and Legal Risk (2022)
  • Mental Health First Aid (2022)
  • OCR Video Series:  Digital Accessibility (2022)
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education: Strategies to Prevent Student Sexual Violence (2022)
  • Trauma Sensitivity and Cultural Responsive Advocacy for Gender Diversity (2022)
  • Equity in the Workplace: Protecting Pregnant and Nursing Mothers (2022)
  • Bernard and Associates: Foundations of Trauma Informed Investigations (2022)
  • The Intersection of Title IX and Disability: internal training (2022)
  • Internal Title IX training provided to Deputy Coordinators by Lead Title IX Coordinator (yearly)
  • Grand River Solutions: Title IX and Bias Series (2021)
  • Husch Blackwell: Accessibility and Accommodations (2021)
  • Husch Blackwell: Investigations Involving Student Athlete: Issues to Consider and Best Practices (2021)
  • Internal Training on CCR Procedural Guidelines, report writing, deadlines, database management, and intake process (2021)
  • Internal Title IX regulations training provided by CCR to all Title IX staff (2021, 2020)
  • Trauma Resource Institute: Community Resiliency Model (2020)
  • Association of Threat Assessment Professional (ATAP) 2020 Virtual Conference
  • Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Title IX: An Introduction to the New Regulations (2020)
  • Internal Investigation Best Practices training (2020)
  • End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) online trauma informed training
  • NACUA Annual conferences (yearly)
  • NACUA Title IX Coordinator Training (2019)
  • Internal CCR Appeals Committee Training (yearly)
  • Washington State Investigator Training
  • NACUA: Conducting Effective Internal Investigations (2018)
  • STOP Training – Annual Whitman County Service Provider training (yearly)
  • Writing Reports, Best Practices for Documentation, provided by NW Association of Title IX Administrators (2018)