Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Washington State University is committed to preventing sexual violence (including stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault), and to providing an appropriate response when such incidents occur.

The 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, the federal law mandating gender equity among colleges that accept federal money. We are carefully reviewing the proposed amendments to the rule and plan to provide an institutional response to the OCR consistent with the values and needs of our communities in advance of the January 28, 2019, comment deadline.

We encourage you to learn about and review the proposed revisions. Your feedback is invited. We are particularly interested in specific aspects of the draft revisions that you find promising or concerning. You can find the proposed rule and supporting documents on the OCR website:

Please provide your comments by Tuesday, January 15. Your input will help inform our institutional response. You may use this online form or email your feedback to our Office for Equal Opportunity (OEO). You may also provide feedback directly to OCR.

Regardless of any possible revisions to Title IX, institutionally we will continue to provide care, support, and a fair and equitable response to complaints of sexual violence. We encourage you to visit the OEO website to learn about our current processes. If you or someone you know experiences discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence, the site provides campus‑specific information about resources and an online form for reporting complaints.

Please contact the OEO at 509‑335‑8288 or via email if you would like more information about reporting options or the resources available. You may provide information anonymously.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Kirk Schulz
President
Washington State University

Kimberly Anderson
Executive Director, Compliance
Office for Equal Opportunity
Washington State University