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Title IX Committee

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 is a federal law that bans sex discrimination in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.

Function

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.

Specifically, the committee is charged with monitoring, evaluating, and determining if sex equity exists in the areas of financial aid, student housing, admissions, intercollegiate athletics, and compensation, and with coordinating the University’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX and its implementing regulations, including the investigation of complaints of discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, and sex and gender based violence.

Composition and tenure

The University president appoints members to this committee upon the recommendation of the University’s lead Title IX coordinator. Membership is reviewed on an annual basis to include representation from student affairs, athletics, and faculty/staff.

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)
  • Washington State University Executive Policy 15 prohibits discrimination and sexual harassment.

Title IX coordinators

If you have a complaint of sexual harassment, sex discrimination, or sex or gender based violence, you may contact any one of the officials listed below, who will facilitate the handling of the complaint with the appropriate office.

Lead coordinator

Holly Ashkannejhad
Director of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigation
Office for Equal Opportunity
French Ad 225
holly.ashkannejhad@wsu.edu
509-335-8288

As the lead coordinator, Ashkannejhad has responsibility for coordinating the University’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX and its implementing regulations, and is primarily responsible for coordinating the investigation of all complaints of discrimination on the basis of sex.

Deputy coordinator, athletics

Anne McCoy
Associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator
Bohler Gym 108a
amccoy@wsu.edu
509-335-7149

As the deputy coordinator for athletics, McCoy is responsible for Title IX compliance in matters involving student athletes, coaches and athletic administrators and staff, including training, education, communication, and investigation of complaints.

Deputy coordinator, student affairs

Vacant

TITLE IX LIAISONS

Helen Gregory
WSU Vancouver
Administrative Manager
Student Affairs
helen.gregory@wsu.edu
360-546-9573

Jordyn Creighton
WSU Tri Cities
Student Services Manager
jordyn.creighton@wsu.edu
509-372-7228

James Mohr
WSU Spokane
Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs
james.mohr@wsu.edu
509-358-7526

Mark Beattie
WSU Everett
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
mabettie@wsu.edu
425-405-1751

Debbie O’Donnell
WSU Global Campus
Director of Marketing and Communications
debrao@wsu.edu
509-335-4680

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