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 experience. In 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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:
Access & Student Support Services Coordinator
WSU Tri-Cities is located on shared traditional homelands of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.