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Washington State University Compliance and Civil Rights

New CCR Hires

The end of 2018 brought with it three new hires to the CCR office –

Rachel Brooks joined the office December 3rd as an Investigator and EEO Coordinator.

Jenna Van Klaveren also joined the office December 3rd as an Investigator and EEO Coordinator.

Alexis Guse joined us November 1st as our Compliance Assistant.

Proposed Title IX Rule Changes

U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making regarding university processes for responding to sexual violence concerns under Title IX.  WSU is carefully reviewing the proposed rule and intends to provide feedback consistent with the values and needs of our communities before the January 28, 2019 deadline.  We encourage you to learn about and review the rule, and welcome your input; we are particularly interested in any specific aspects of the rule that you find promising or concerning.

For more information and/or to leave feedback on the proposed change visit Title IX and OCR. 

ASWSU It’s On Cougs Event

Project Fearless: Shattering the Stigma of Sexual Violence

November 28th | 6 pm, Jones Theatre in Daggy Hall

***Submissions due by Nov. 1 at 10 am***

Project Fearless: Shattering the Stigma of Sexual Violence is an art and performance night. Its goal is to open up a conversation about sexual violence through education and awareness. Performances will be scheduled for the stage while physical art will be displayed in the room for viewers to look at before they leave. We believe that there are many interpretations of our theme and would like to allow you, the artist, to showcase your interpretation.

Application and Submission form available at the following website:

WSU continues to support students’ rights

On February 22, 2017, the federal administration withdrew previous guidelines which supported the rights of transgender students to use facilities that aligned with their gender identity.  While this may have an impact at other educational institutes, WSU remains committed to supporting the rights of its students to participate in the programs and facilities which align with their gender identity.  WSU also prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or sex and/or gender (Executive Policy 15).  Resources and support options are available to all students.  To learn more about resources and support options, visit:

o   Resources and Support Options

o   Trans* Student Resources

o   Frequently Asked Questions

  • Compliance and Civil Rights (CCR):  CCR is the central intake office for complaints relating to discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct.  Reach us at:  French Administration Building, Room 225, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 509-335-8288,

o   Reporting a Concern

o   WSU’s Executive Policy 15: Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct

o   Investigative Procedures

o   Resources and Support Options

  • Campus specific resources are also available for students with academic or medical concerns, and for students who are interested in getting involved.  For campus specific resources, visit the following:

o   Everett Resources

o   Global Campus Resources

o   Pullman Resources

o   Spokane Resources

o   Tri-Cities Resources

o   Vancouver Resources

World AIDS Day 2016

Today, on World AIDS Day 2016, the Department of Justice reaffirms the rights of people with HIV/AIDS to live free from stigma and discrimination. For the more than 1.2 million people in the United States with HIV, the ADA guarantees each of them a full and equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from all our nation has to offer. Through our enforcement, education and outreach efforts, the department will continue striving to make the promise of equal treatment a reality for people with HIV and AIDS throughout America. In memory of those we lost from AIDS, and in support of those currently living with HIV, we will forge on with uncompromising resolve until we reach the goal of an AIDS-free generation.

To learn more about the department’s work, please visit

WSU Core Values

The University cherishes freedom of expression on our campuses while simultaneously ensuring an environment in which people are treated with respect and feel safe to express their views.

President Kirk Schulz, Provost Dan Bernardo, and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Melynda Huskey recently noted that the “free exchange of ideas while encouraging dialogue that is constructive, respectful and civil is one of the university’s core values.”  They also shared some helpful tips on constructive dialogue:

These conversations can be hard. There are times when other people express ideas we find repugnant and painful, or even just foolish. Balancing someone’s right to express a personal belief with our own right to disagree requires some care. There are many ways to offer your perspective. A few of them include:

  • Use your First Amendment rights to put together a demonstration, forum, debate, or protest. (Students were provided a link to their campus’ student affairs office that can help them plan a campus activity).
  • Find your voice through social media, student government and organizations, civic engagement, and the press—there are many options.
  • Engage in those challenging conversations and express your values and beliefs, whether it’s one-on-one, in a classroom, on the mall, or at a party.

Don’t forget to care for yourself when conversations get intense. Consider how much energy you want to put into a discussion, and what you—and the people you’re engaged with—are getting out of it. Be involved in ways that reflect your values, and what matters to you. Use the resources around you, including our faculty, advisors, and staff in any of the offices that serve students, for support and advice.

As you talk with the people around you, whether you agree or disagree, we hope you will do so with rigor, attention, respect, and kindness. You likely will never again have such a great opportunity to learn from so many different people, representing a wide range of perspectives and experiences. Don’t let a moment of the opportunity go to waste!


Read more here:

WSU News Post, WSU committed to free expression, access to higher ed

WSU Office of the President Post, Constructive dialogue and valuing diversity

Taking Down Rape Culture with Laci Green!

Laci Green was named one of the 30 most influential people on the internet by Time in 2016. Her sex education videos are incredibly popular; she has a talent for explaining difficult subjects in a straightforward and disarming way. She’s also a feminist activist – if you haven’t seen it already, check out her Consent 101 video! We’re incredibly excited that she’s coming here to talk to us about what we can do to dismantle rape culture.

Date: 10/27/2016 7:00:00 PM | Location: CUB Auditorium

Presidential Proclamation — National Disability Employment Awareness Month

President Obama has signed a proclamation declaring October 2016 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The proclamation acknowledges the disparities in the employment rate for people with disabilities and the discrimination that they face in finding work. It also celebrates the strides that have been made, particularly in federal employment and the federal contractor workforce, as well as through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. “This month, let us continue striving to forge a future where workplaces are more inclusive and where employees are more accepted for who they are,” said the President. “And because we know that our country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, let us keep working to ensure no one is left behind or unable to pursue their dreams because of a disability.”

To learn more, read the full Presidential Proclamation for National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2016.