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Washington State University Compliance and Civil Rights

Title IX Compliance

Live update sessions regarding the recent changes to Title IX and Executive Policy 15 have been scheduled for Fall 2020

Complete schedule available on Education and Training 

Title IX Regulation Training is available online for those required to take it, as well as those who have an interest in the topic. 

Background:

  • 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).

Functions:

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.

Process:

Resource information is available for WSU locations throughout the system.

Lead Title IX Coordinator

Holly Ashkannejhad 
Director
Compliance and Civil Rights
509-335-8288
TitleIX.Coordinator@wsu.edu
Washington State University
French Admin 225
Pullman, WA 99164-1022
Fax: (509) 335-5483

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 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:

  • Internal Title IX training provided to Deputy Coordinators by Lead Title IX Coordinator (yearly)
  • Internal Title IX regulations training provided by CCR to all Title IX staff (2020)
  • Trauma Resource Institute: Community Resiliency Model (2020)
  • Association of Threat Assessment Professional (ATAP) 2020 Virtual Conference
  • Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Title IX: An Introduction to the New Regulations (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
  • Writing Reports, Best Practices for Documentation, provided by NW Association of Title IX Administrators (2018)
  • Internal Investigation Best Practices training (2020)