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:

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, under the Student Rights and Responsibilities 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.

Level 1
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.

Level 2
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.

Level 3
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.

Resources

Student Consultation & Sexual Assault Support (CASA)
Phone: 360.650.7000
Address: Old Main 585B

Student Counseling Center
Phone: 360.650.3164
Address: OM540

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services
Phone: 24-hour helpline: 360.715.1563 or 877.715.1563
Address: 1407 Commercial St., Bellingham

WWU Equal Opportunity Office (Title VI Coordinator)
Phone: 360.650.3307
Address: Old Main 345

Western Public Safety Alerts and Announcements
Anonymous Reporting Phone: 360.650.SAFE (7233)

Western’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Page Updated 02.01.2017