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Washington State University Compliance and Civil Rights


Discrimination and Harassment Investigation

Compliance and Civil Rights (CCR) is WSU’s central intake and referral office for discrimination and harassment based violence complaints from students, staff, faculty, and visitors or guests. CCR collaborates with other University offices that receive and address complaints and problems in educational environments and workplaces throughout the University. CCR will investigate all reported incidents of discrimination and harassment.

CCR investigates complaints that implicate the following policy:

Executive Policy 15: Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment

CCR follows the following guidelines when investigating a complaint:

CCR Procedural Guidelines

Filing a complaint with CCR:

Share a concern of Discrimination and/or Accessibility

Information on Student Conduct Procedures:

Standards of Conduct for Students

Center for Community Standards 

Interpretative services are available upon request.

Advisors and Support Persons

Complainants and Respondents (Participants, jointly) participating in CCR processes have the right to have an Advisor, which can also be an attorney, and/or a Support Person.  Participants are responsible for identifying their own advisors and support persons; however, if a matter involving students moves to a University Conduct Board process, the students may select from a list of advisors who have specific expertise about that process.  Advisors and support persons serve different roles in the process, as follows:

  • An Advisor provides guidance and assistance to Participants. This guidance may involve assisting a Participant with submitting a complaint, responding to allegations, reviewing evidence, or preparing for a sanctioning or disciplinary process. An Advisor is often a person whom the Participant trusts for guidance, such as a family member, advisor, or attorney. Advisors with specific expertise about the University Conduct Board process for students are also available through the Office of the Dean of Students.
  • A Support Person provides emotional support to Participants.  A Support Person is often a friend, family member, or victim advocate.

Participants may select their own Advisors and/or Support Persons; however, Participants are encouraged to select individuals who are not witnesses in their matter, to preserve the integrity of the investigation.

Please identify your Advisor using the “Advisor Designation” online form below. Advisors will need to complete the “Advisor Confirmation” provided via email.

Advisor Designation

These forms are not required for victim advocates or Support Persons.