Policies & Resources

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Resources

Incidents of workplace discrimination or sexual harassment should be reported to the
Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO)
Website: Office of Equal Opportunity

WSU’s policy against can be found here.
Policy: Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (EPM #15)

View the Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Page

Take the Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Prevention-Online Overview Training

The list below includes confidential and non-confidential resources at WSU.  In addition, printer-friendly resource flyers are available here:

Confidential Resources

In most instances, service providers from the following resources can speak with you confidentially about your concerns.

WSU Tri-Cities Student Counseling Services               

WSU Counseling Services provides confidential and private counseling and can provide information about referrals and options, including helping you to access services related to academics, housing, transportation, and medication referrals.  509-372-7153.

Tri-Cities Community Health                      

Tri-Cities Community Health has locations in each of the Tri-Cities and offers medical, dental, mental health, and urgent care services.  Their services are available to anyone, and a sliding fee scale is available for patients who qualify. 509-547-2204.

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) helps WA State Government employees and their family members resolve personal or work-related problems.  Using your EAP does not cost you anything.  1-877-313-4455.

Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties (DVS)          

DVS provides free, safe and confidential shelter and support to victims of domestic violence. DVS is available 24-hours a day to assist anyone who has questions or concerns about domestic violence.  509-582-9841 or 1-800-648-1277.

The Support, Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC)     

SARC provides crisis services, support, and advocacy to victims, non-offending family members, and others who are impacted by crime, 24 hours a day.  SARC services are free of charge and confidential.  509-372-0130.

The Crime Victim Service Center (CVSC)

CVSC will assist anyone who has questions or concerns about crime and the confusion that comes along with being a victim of crime.  CVSC services are free of charge and confidential.  Services are available 24 hours.  1-888-9-VICTIM, 509-374-0130.

Non-Confidential Resources

Division of Enrollment Management and Student Services  

The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Services can assist you in coordinating resources and support, such as changes in classes or your schedule.  This office also can help you notify faculty if you will be leaving campus for a short time and assist you with other challenges you may encounter. The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Services houses the Title IX Liaison and works closely with OEO on student conduct cases involving discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct. This office administrates the student conduct system and addresses potential violations of WSU’s Standards of Conduct for Students. It also addresses any disciplinary action, as appropriate, after the preliminary investigation is complete.   509-372-7358.

Office for Equal Opportunity (OEO)    

OEO works closely with OSC on student matters or HRS on employee matters involving discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.  OEO conducts investigations, makes findings of fact, determines whether the WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct (Executive Policy 15) was violated.  OEO also provides trainings about discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct.  Interpretive services available.  509-335-8288.

Office of Student Conduct (OSC)

OSC administers the student conduct system and addresses potential violations of the WSU Standards of Conduct for Students.  OSC participates in investigative meetings with OEO and addresses any disciplinary action, as appropriate, after the investigation is complete.  509-335-4532.

Tri-Cities Human Resources   

Human Resources assists individuals with their employment needs.  509-372-7302.

WSU Tri-Cities Disability Services Office

WSU Tri-Cities Disability Services Office strives to coordinate services to empower students with disabilities to participate and excel in every aspect of academic and campus life.  509-372-7352.

POLICE RESOURCES

Richland Police Department

Law enforcement.  509-942-7340.

Benton County Sheriff’s Department

Law enforcement.  509-786-5615.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CALL 911

LEGAL RESOURCES

Northwest Justice Project Free Legal Hotline (CLEAR)

CLEAR is Washington state’s publicly funded legal aid program.  CLEAR provides free legal assistance and representation to those who qualify on the basis of income.  CLEAR also maintains a website with legal education tools and materials.  1-888-201-1014.

Ethics

 

  • WSU internal body dedicated to assist the members of the WSU community in the proper discharge of their responsibilities:
    WSU Internal Audit Office

 

 

  • The Washington State body dedicated to assist the members of the State community in the proper discharge of their responsibilities:
    Executive Ethics Board (EEB)

 

 

 

 

  • The State Auditor’s Office independently serves the citizens of Washington by promoting accountability, fiscal integrity and openness in stateand local government.
    State Auditor’s Office (SAO)

 

Workplace Climate and Concerns
  • The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is offered as part of WSU’s employee benefit package. It is a free and confidential service to assist in identifying, managing, and resolving personal and work-related issues that may affect job performance or quality of life issues.
    EAP Website
  • The Ombudsman is designated by the university to function as an impartial and neutral resource to assist all members of the university community, and to protect the interests, rights, and privileges of students, staff, and faculty at all levels of university operations.
    Office of the University Ombudsman

 

  • Civil Service/Classified Staff, Administrative Professional, and Non-student hourly employees at WSU can go through the Workplace Concern Resolution Process to obtain a review and resolution of their workplace concerns which are not provided for by other complaint processes (Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, OSHA violations, and Workplace Violence)
    Workplace Concerns Resolution Process

 

Employing Departments I-9 Requirement Reminders
Tuition Fee Waiver

Read the WSU  policy about tuition fee waivers for eligible employees.

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