Sexual Harassment and Title IX Policy Statement
City University of Seattle adheres to all federal, state, and local civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and education. City University of Seattle does not discriminate in its admissions practices, in its employment practices, or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender. As a recipient of federal financial assistance for education activities, City University of Seattle is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that all of its education programs and activities do not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex include sex, sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status.
City University of Seattle also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internal or external to the institution. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking are forms of sex discrimination, which are prohibited under Title IX and by City University of Seattle policy.
Any member of the campus community, guest, or visitor who acts to deny, deprive, or limit the educational, employment, residential, or social access, opportunities and/or benefits of any member of the City University of Seattle community on the basis of sex is in violation of the Policy on Prohibition of Sexual Harassment and Title IX Policy.
Any person may report sex discrimination (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to have experienced the conduct), in person, by mail, by telephone, by video, or by email, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator on the right. A report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by email.
Questions regarding Title IX, including its application and/or concerns about noncompliance, should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. A complete copy of the policy is located below.
Individuals who believe they have experienced sex discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation in violation of City University of Seattle policy should contact the following:
Individuals with Oversight for All Non-Discrimination
Janet O’Leary, Director Human Resource
Dr. Melissa Mecham, VP Student Administration
A person may also file a complaint with the appropriate federal, state, or local agency within the time frame required by law. Depending upon the nature of the complaint, the appropriate agency may be the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Justice, and/or the Washington Human Rights Commission. See sidebar for contact information.
Within any resolution process related to this policy, City University of Seattle provides reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities and religious accommodations, when that accommodation is consistent with state and federal law.
City University of Seattle does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender. City University of Seattle also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Reports of misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and concerns about noncompliance should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. For more information, please contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Email: OCR.Seattle@ed.gov
Policy, Procedures and Related Documents
How to Report
There are two ways to report a possible Title IX violation:
If you report a possible Title IX violation to a CityU staff or faculty member, they are legally obligated to report your concern to the Title IX Coordinator as a mandatory reporter.
For more information about how CityU handles Title IX/VAWA cases please see Title IX Reporting Procedures document above.