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“One goal of our vision at Seattle Pacific is to model grace-filled community, and this motivates us to build a community in which every individual is valued and respected. To this end, we strive to recognize our differences and treat each other and all people with respect, kindness, and civility. Within this vision for our community, we are also committed to maintaining a respectful workplace and learning environment free from all types of harassment and intimidation, including sexual harassment.” — President Daniel J. Martin

Notice of Nondiscrimination Policy

It is the policy of Seattle Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in its programs or activities, as required by applicable laws and regulations. As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of the Free Methodist Church of North America, Seattle Pacific University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees or prospective employees on the basis of religion.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact either of the following persons:

Vice President for Student Life

Student Union Building, Room 209
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 212
Seattle, WA 98119

Phone: 206-281-2123
Email: jordaj2@spu.edu

Director of Human Resources

330 W. Nickerson St.
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 302
Seattle, WA 98119

Phone: 206-281-2678
Email: womelg@spu.edu

If you believe you may have been discriminated against in violation of this policy, immediately contact one of the individuals designated above, or refer to the University's Discrimination Grievance Procedures.

Printed copies of the grievance procedures may be obtained from the Office of Student Life or the Office of Human Resources.

Title IX: Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Other Sexual Misconduct Policies

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Programs and activities include, but are not limited to, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, athletics, course offerings, and employment. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. It is the policy of Seattle Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, as required by applicable law.

Title IX and its implementing regulations require that Seattle Pacific University, as a recipient of federal financial assistance, designate at least one employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, including investigating any complaints of sex discrimination. The name, title, and contact information for Seattle Pacific University’s Title IX Coordinator are listed below.

Title IX Coordinator

Gary Womelsduff
Director of Human Resources

330 W Nickerson
3307 3rd Ave W, Suite 302
Seattle WA 98119

Phone: 206-281-2678
Fax: 206-281-2846
Email: womelg@spu.edu

Individuals with questions or concerns about Title IX, and/or those who wish to file a complaint of noncompliance, may contact Seattle Pacific University’s Title IX coordinator. In particular, any person who is aware of an incident of sexual harassment involving a student or employee of Seattle Pacific University, including any acts of sexual violence, should report such incident to the Title IX coordinator. Complaints of sexual harassment or other sex discrimination may also be made to the following individuals (who, together with the Title IX Coordinator, are referred to in other University policies as “Title IX Report Receivers”):

Nicole Custer
Associate Director of Human Resources
Email: custern@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2676

Cheryl Michaels
Associate Director of Safety and Security
Email: michac@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2625

Susan Okamoto Lane
Interim Dean of Students for Community Life
Email: solane@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2598

Gabriel Jacobsen
Director of Residence Life
Email: jacobseng@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2067

Lynnea Common
Assistant Director of Residence Life
Email: lcommon@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2478

Residence Life Coordinators and Area Coordinators

Individuals may also contact the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights with inquiries concerning the application of Title IX. Seattle Pacific University prohibits retaliation against those who raise complaints or participate in the complaint investigation and resolution process.

Additional information for students: Seattle Pacific University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy for students is contained in the Student Handbook. The Student Handbook also contains Nondiscrimination Complaint Procedures. You can access additional policies regarding sex-based violence and other campus security information required by The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act on the Office of Safety and Security website.

Additional information for faculty: Seattle Pacific University’s Policy on Sexual Harassment for faculty is contained in Section 9.6 of the Faculty Handbook. The Faculty Handbook also contains a Policy on Nondiscrimination in Section 9.4.

Additional information for staff: Seattle Pacific University’s policy on Sexual Harassment for staff is contained in the Staff Handbook. The Staff Handbook also contains a Notice of Nondiscrimination Policy and a set of Discrimination Grievance Procedures.

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