Spring 2015 Newsletter

Title IX: Responding to Reports of Sexual Violence

Last Fall and earlier this month, all faculty and staff received an email from Sue Guenter-Schlesinger, Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & Employment Diversity and Title IX Coordinator; Chyerl Wolfe-Lee, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and; Ted Pratt, Dean of Students, regarding the continued implementation of Western’s Title IX program.  As those communications stated, faculty and staff other than confidential counselors and health care providers who have knowledge that a student has experienced sexual violence, while a student at Western, have an obligation to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator.  Sexual violence includes sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.  This requirement is based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Western’s policy on Preventing and Responding to Sex Discrimination, Including Sexual Misconduct.

All academic and non-academic departments across campus have been provided with resource and reporting cards for students and for faculty and staff to inform them of reporting options and confidential resources in the event of sexual violence.  We ask that you please put copies of these resource cards in department offices, student and employee lounges, and other public areas in your department as appropriate.  Please contact the EO Office at eoo@wwu.edu when you need more resource cards.

Sue Guenter-Schlesinger, Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, is Western’s Title IX Coordinator.  Mohammed Cato, Assistant Director in the Equal Opportunity Office, is the Deputy Title IX Coordinator.  Sue and Mohammed can both be reached in Old Main 345, by calling (360) 650-3307, or via email at eoo@wwu.edu.

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