Sexual harassment policy and resources for assistance

If you are the victim of sexual harassment on the WSU Vancouver campus, please report the incident to the Department of Public Safety and/or by contacting Human Resources at (360) 546-9587 or hres@vancouver.wsu.edu . The University Police Department and Human Resources are located in the Dengerink Administration building (VDEN). The University Police Department can be reached by phone at (360) 546-9001 or by email to wsuvcops@vancouver.wsu.edu

The victim of sexual harassment on-campus may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the University Conduct Board. In addition, the University Police Department and/or Human Resources will discuss all of the available options, including the prosecution of the offender, with the victim. Individuals may choose to report the incident directly to Student Services at (360) 546-9559, or Human Resources at (360) 546-9587, rather than Law Enforcement.

Counseling and proceedings

Various counseling options are available, including on-campus counseling, through the Student Resource Center at (360) 546-9155 or through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 1-877-313-4455. Counseling and support services (24 hour) outside the University system can be obtained through YWCA at 1-800-695-0501 or (360) 696-0167.

University disciplinary proceedings are detailed in the Student Handbook. The Student Handbook provides information concerning Code of Conduct Violations. A student found guilty of violating the University misconduct policy (or policies) could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and may be suspended or expelled from the University for the first-offense. Student victims have the option to change their academic situations after an alleged sexual harassment, if such changes are reasonably available.

Employee policies and WSU strategic plan

Employee policies concerning sexual harassment/employee conduct may be viewed online or by contacting Human Resources at (360) 546-9587 or hres@vancouver.wsu.edu .

The strategic plan of Washington State University calls for an "environment of trust and respect in all that we do." Discrimination and sexual harassment destroy mutual respect and a trusting environment. This policy expresses the commitment of WSU to maintain an environment free from discrimination, including sexual harassment. This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, or others having an association with the University.

WSU is committed to the principles of free inquiry and free expression. Vigorous discussion and debate are fundamental to the University, and this policy is not intended to stifle teaching methods or freedom of expression. Discrimination and sexual harassment are neither legally protected expressions of speech nor the proper exercise of academic freedom. Sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination compromise the integrity of the University, its tradition of intellectual freedom, and the trust and respect expected in the University community.

The Center for Human Rights will conduct prompt and effective investigations of incidents of alleged discrimination and sexual harassment, informing supervisors of the progress in the conduct of investigations, and report the results of the investigations to the supervisors, complainants, and complaint respondents.

Click here, to access the University’s full policy on Discrimination and Sexual Harassment.

For more information, contact:

WSU Center for Human Rights
French Administration, Room 225
509-335-8288