Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Policy
As an institution, Walla Walla University is committed to honoring our obligations under Title IX to provide protection from sexual misconduct and discrimination.
About Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. In 2011 the Department of Education instructed all educational institutions receiving federal financial aid that Title IX enforcement would also include issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence. The goal of Title IX is to ensure equal opportunity and gender equity for all members of the Walla Walla University community.
In compliance with Title IX, Walla Walla University has:
- a policy of nondiscrimination;
- a designated Title IX Coordinator--David Richardson, Vice President for Student Life and Mission; and,
- adopted a policy and process for providing for prompt and equitable resolution of student and employee sex discrimination complaints (see below).
Title IX Team
Walla Walla University Title IX Coordinator, David Richardson, oversees the University’s centralized review, investigation, and resolution of reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and sexual misconduct. David also oversees the University’s overall compliance with Title IX.
The Title IX coordinator is supported by the Title IX team. Members of this interdepartmental team include:
- David Richardson, Vice President for Student Life & Mission - Coordinator
- Jennifer Carpenter, Director of Human Resources - Deputy Coordinator
- Kristen Taylor, Director of Residential Life & Housing - Deputy Coordinator
- Courtney Bryant, Director of Campus Security
The Title IX Coordinator is:
- Responsible for oversight of the investigation and resolution of all reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual misconduct and violence involving students, staff, administrators, faculty, vendors, and visitors;
- Assisted by Deputy Title IX Coordinators, Jennifer Carpenter, Human Resource Director and Kristen Taylor, Director of Residential Life and housing and by a Title IX team as detailed in this policy. These Deputy Title IX Coordinators have a shared responsibility for supporting the Title IX Coordinator and are accessible to any member of the community for consultation and guidance;
- Knowledgeable and trained in University policies and procedures and relevant state and federal laws;
- Available to advise any individual, including a Complainant, a Respondent or a third party, about the courses of action available at the University, both informally and formally, and in the community;
- Available to provide assistance to any University employee regarding how to respond appropriately to a report of sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking or sexual misconduct;
- Responsible for monitoring full compliance with all procedural requirements and time frames outlined in this policy; and
- Responsible for training, prevention and education efforts and periodic reviews of climate and culture.
Inquiries or Complaints
Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, David Richardson, Deputy Title IX Coordinators, Jennifer Carpenter and Kristen Taylor and/or to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights:
Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Beale Street, Suite 7200
San Francisco, CA415-486-5555
Last update on October 16, 2014