Resources for Faculty & Staff Respondents

University Supportive Measures

Seattle Pacific University is committed to a fair and supportive learning environment where every student is treated with dignity and respect. Faculty and staff respondents are granted all procedural protections afforded by the Discrimination and Harassment Grievance Procedure and the Title IX Sexual Harassment and Related Conduct Procedure.

Upon request, the university can provide initiate and monitor supportive measures for complainants and respondents as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without fee or charge, whether the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) has filed a formal complaint. Supportive measures restore or preserve a party’s access to SPU’s education programs and activities without unreasonably burdening the other party, as determined through an interactive process between the Grievance Coordinator (i.e., Title IX Coordinator) and the party. Supportive measures include measures designed to protect the safety of all parties and/or SPU’s educational environment and/or to deter subsequent harassment or retaliation. 

Supportive measures for Respondents may include:  

  • Issuing a mutual No Contact Directive (NCD). NCDs are intended to protect a person’s safety and/or preserve a peaceful environment for all members of the community to work, study, and live on campus.
  • Exploring workplace accommodations or administrative leave so that respondents can continue to participate the grievance process and/or navigate the requirements outlined in a University issued No Contact Directive. 
  • Providing visa and immigration assistance. 
  • Connecting with off-campus resources. 
  • Providing respondents with assistance in navigating the grievance process and any questions regarding their rights and responsibilities as a party to that process. 

Contact your Process Facilitator to learn more about accessing these support services.


Resources & Assistance

Employee Assistance Program: Customer Service (888) 293-6948. Standard Insurance provides access to Morneau Shepell, our Employee Assistance Program provider. The EAP provides confidential help to SPU employees regarding personal and work-related problems. Consultations are available at no cost to covered employees and adult members of their households.  

Human Resources: 330 W. Nickerson, (206) 281-2809. Human Resources can assist employees in accessing their leave benefits and employee accommodations. State law allows employees to take leave from work, with or without pay, to address legal or law enforcement needs and obtain medical, mental health and social services assistance related to sexual violence. Contact Matt Alvis with specific questions.

After-hour Crisis Support: King County: 886-467-3219 Crisis Connections, formerly known as Crisis Clinic, was founded in 1964. They are one of the oldest Crisis Lines in the nation, and home to five programs focused on serving the emotional and physical needs of individuals across Washington State. These programs include the 24-Hour Crisis Line, King County 2-1-1, Teen Link, WA Recovery Help Line and WA Warm Line. With over 400 trained volunteers and experienced staff, we provide support, resources and certified training for King County and other communities statewide.

If you are named a respondent in a Title IX sexual harassment complaint, you have a right to an advisor and/or support person of your choice, which may be but does not have to be an attorney. The Advisor may be a friend, mentor, family member, attorney, or any other individual a party chooses to advise, support, and/or consult with them throughout the resolution process.  

Under the Procedure, advisors are required for the purpose of cross-examination at a hearing. If a party does not choose an advisor, the university will assign an advisor at no cost to the party. The parties may be accompanied by their Advisors in all meetings and interviews at which the party is entitled to be present, including intake and interviews. Advisors may help the parties prepare for each meeting and are expected to advise ethically, with integrity, and in good faith. During the investigation, an Advisor may provide personal support to the party; they may help the party in preparing for meetings and interviews; they may be present with the party during the meetings and interviews; and they may assist the party in reviewing the evidence prior to the close of the investigation.  

Contact the Title IX Coordinator to learn more.