Sex Offender and Kidnapping Offender Information
Western is Committed to a Safe Living and Working Environment
Western is committed to the safety of its visitors, students, and employees. In accordance with RCW 4.24.550, Western will provide adequate notice to its community about sex offenders and kidnapping offenders who are, or will be attending, working or residing on or near campus and Western satellite offices, so that they may better prepare themselves for residing or working near released sex and/or kidnapping offenders.
Notice determinations and content is restricted by Washington State guidelines and are based on the:
- Risk posed by the offender to the community,
- Location where the offender resides, intends to reside, is regularly found or is employed, and
- Needs of affected community members for information required to protect their interests and safety.
Current Western Notifications
There are currently no Western notifications.
County, state, and national registries are accessible using the links provided below.
Policy and Procedures
Policy: POL-U5620.02 Notifying Campus Community about Sex and Kidnapping Offenders
Procedures: PRO-U5620.02A Notifying Campus Community about Sex and Kidnapping Offenders
Form: FRM-U5620.02A Sex/Kidnapping Offender Notification Action Plan
See Also: POL-U5615.01 Responding to Campus Violence or Threats of Violence
Sex Offender and Kidnapping Offender Registries
Anyone has the ability to obtain information at any time regarding sex and/or kidnapping offender information (all levels) by accessing available registries.
Students and employees are encouraged to sign up to receive email alerts via the websites below:
- Whatcom County Offender Registry
- Skagit County Sex Offender Registry
- Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs – Offender Search
- FBI Sex Offender Registry
Use of this information to threaten, intimidate, harass, or create a criminal act against another person is strictly prohibited. Such actions can result in criminal charges, employee discipline up to and including termination, or action, as applicable for students, under the Student Conduct Code.
Sex Offenders and Kidnapping Offenders Required to Register
In accordance with RCW 9A.44.130, any person found to have committed or has been convicted of any sex offense or kidnapping offense, or who has been found not guilty by reason of insanity under chapter 10.77 RCW of committing any sex offense or kidnapping offense, shall register with the county sheriff for the county of the person's residence, or if the person is not a resident of Washington, the county of the person's school, or place of employment or vocation within three business days:
- Prior to arriving at a school or institution of higher education to attend classes,
- Prior to starting work at an institution of higher education, or
- After any termination of enrollment or employment at a school or institution of higher education.
In accordance with Western’s policy, sex offenders and kidnapping offenders required to register with the state must also notify Western’s Police Department directly prior to arrival to the campus.
Sex Offender Risk Levels
Risk levels are assigned by the Washington State End of Sentence Review Committee.
An offender is classified as a risk level 1 if his/her risk assessment and other information or factors deemed relevant by the law enforcement agency indicate he or she is at low risk to sexually re-offend within the community at large.
An offender is classified as a risk level 2 if his/her risk assessment and other information or factors deemed relevant by the law enforcement agency indicate he or she is at moderate risk to sexually re offend within the community at large.
An offender is classified as a risk level 3 if his/her risk assessment and other information or factors deemed relevant by the law enforcement agency indicate he or she is at high risk to sexually re offend within the community at large.
Student Consultation & Sexual Assault Support (CASA)
Address: Old Main 585B