Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

An Institutional Value

At WSU Tri-Cities, diversity, equity and inclusion are core values that guide the services and instruction we provide on our campus, as well as serve as hallmarks of the student experienceIn our commitment to these values, we want our campus community and local community to know where we stand and what we have in place to protect, honor and resource all students so that they can engage in their higher education experience as their full and authentic selves. Provided below is a summary of our current initiatives, services, policies and procedures that provide means for pursuing justice, accessing identity and experience-based resourcing and ultimately finding sense of belonging and safety within a diverse community. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

The diversity committee serves as an internal body made up of faculty, staff and administration that strategically plan, contribute to and evaluate diversity, equity, and inclusion practices, training and campus-wide programming. To contact the committee or submit a question, please complete the DC General Inquiry Form. 

Members

Chancellor Sandra Haynes – Chair
Heather Cova – Office of the Chancellor
Kristine Cody – MOSAIC Center & Career Services
Anna Plemons – Office of Academic Affairs
Damien Sinnot – Office of Business Services
Stephanie Warner – Student, ASWSUTC Vice President
Francisco Manzo-Robledo – College of Arts & Sciences
Gloria Van Egdom – Office of Admissions

Policies and Procedures

Reporting Discrimination

Process: 

Coordinate campus response to reaffirm, reinforce, and restore campus values of equity, mutual respect, belonging, and safety when incidents disrupt or have the potential to disrupt the educational and/or working environment of the campus community. Assist in the incident reporting process for students, staff, and faculty to the WSU Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigation.

The Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigation (CRCI) is WSU’s central intake and referral office for discrimination, discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, and sex and gender based violence complaints from students, staff, faculty, and visitors or guests. CRCI collaborates with other University offices that receive and address complaints and problems in educational environments and workplaces throughout the University. CRCI will investigate all reported incidents of Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Sex and Gender Based Violence or refer them, as appropriate for a response. 

You may submit a complaint online, by phone, email, mail, or in person to:

WSU Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigation
French Ad 225
Pullman, WA 99164
509-335-8288
crci@wsu.edu

Community Standards
  • WAC 504-26-220  Discrimination and discriminatory harassment.
    Discrimination or discriminatory harassment on the basis of race; sex/ gender; sexual orientation; gender identity/expression; religion; age; color; creed; national or ethnic origin; physical, mental, or sensory disability (including disability requiring the use of a trained service animal); marital status; genetic information; and/or status as an honorably discharged veteran or member of the military; and as defined in Washington State University’s executive policy 15, which prohibits discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.30.150. WSR 18-23-083, § 504-26-220, filed 11/19/18, effective 12/20/18; WSR 14-11-025, § 504-26-220, filed 5/12/14, effective 6/12/14; WSR 06-23-159, § 504-26-220, filed 11/22/06, effective 12/23/06.] 

 

  • WAC 504-26-230  Retaliation.
    Retaliation includes any act that would dissuade a reasonable person from making or supporting a complaint, or participating in an investigation, under the standards of conduct (this chapter). Retaliatory behavior includes action or threat of action that could negatively affect another’s employment, education, reputation, or other interest. It also includes retaliation as defined in Washington State University’s executive policy 15, which prohibits discrimination, sexual 
    harassment, and sexual misconduct. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.30.150. WSR 18-23-083, § 504-26-230, filed 11/19/18, effective 12/20/18; WSR 14-11-025, § 504-26-230, filed 5/12/14, effective 6/12/14.] 
Executive Policy 15

This policy expresses WSU’s commitment to maintain an environment free of all forms of discrimination. The policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, and others having an association with the University, including but not limited to such personnel at all campuses and WSU employment sites.  This policy also applies whether conduct occurs on campus or off campus, if the continuing effects of the conduct have the potential to unreasonably interfere with or limit an individual’s work, academic performance, living environment, personal security, or participation in any WSU activity. 

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

The Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigation (CRCI) carries out monitoring activities to ensure WSU is in compliance with state and federal equal employment opportunity and affirmative action laws. 

  • CRCI develops WSU’s affirmative action plan. 
  • CRCI audits WSU environment for posters, materials, and activities that violate WSU’s discrimination and sexual harassment policy. 
  • CRCI communicates with state and federal government agencies regarding compliance, audits, and reporting. 
Title IX

Title IX
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
 

WSUTC Deputy IX Coordinator: 
Chris Meiers
WSU Tri Cities
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
509-372-7381
chris.meiers@wsu.edu 

Campus Safety & Clery Act

Campus Safety & Clery Act:

  • The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) was enacted in 1990 and requires institutions to publish an annual security report, maintain a crime log, issue timely warnings and maintain crime statistics. 
  • The Violence Against Women Re-authorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) extended reporting requirements to include domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. 
  • The goal of the Clery Act is to ensure that students, prospective students, parents, and employees have access to accurate information about crimes committed on campus and campus security procedures. 
  • Examples of CSA’s at WSUTC: https://crci.wsu.edu/csa-tri-cities/ 
Discrimination

Discrimination

  • WSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, genetic information, and/or protected veteran status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.   
  • In determining if conduct is discriminatory and a violation of this policy, the totality of the circumstances are assessed including, but not limited to, the following factors: 
    • severity 
    • frequency of the discrimination 
    • status of the reporting and responding parties and their relationship to each other 
    • physicality, threats, or endangerment 
    • whether or not the conduct could be reasonably considered protected speech or serving some other lawful purpose 
 
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.  The ADA includes both mental and physical medical conditions.  Title II of the ADA applies to the university and includes regulations covering access to university programs and services. 

Accessibility at WSU: https://access.wsu.edu/ 

For information about WSU Tri-Cities Access Services, please see the link included under Student Resources or contact:
Gretchen Hormel
Access & Student Support Services Coordinator
g.hormel@wsu.edu 

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