Resources for Student 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. Student respondents are granted all procedural protections afforded by the Student Accountability Process and the Title IX Sexual Harassment and Related Conduct Procedure. 

Upon request, the university can provide supportive measures for respondents as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without fee or charge, in response to a report or formal complaint of prohibited conduct. 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. 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 instructional or housing accommodations so that respondents can continue to participate in the applicable grievance process and/or navigate the requirements outlined in a University issued No Contact Directive.
  • Assisting with financial aid questions and arrangements.
  • 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.

Support is available through the Office of the Dean of Students to help student respondents understand available resources as they go through the applicable process. Individualized support services include: 

  • A safe and supportive listening space
  • Navigation, guidance and coordination through any applicable processes, including:
    • review of documents and materials, including documents related to the investigation, the final report, and sanctioning agreements, to assist in understanding the process;
    • assistance with appropriate academic or other reasonable support measures;
    • navigation of logistical challenges such as interim suspensions and restrictions of privileges and/or access to dining facilities; and
    • help to cope with and understand the conduct process, potential outcomes, and the appeals process.
  • Referrals to campus and community resources

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.

The Student Counseling Center provides free and confidential counseling to SPU undergraduate students. The Counseling Center offers support to the SPU community by way of consultation, referrals and campus engagement. All services are designed to support student wellness. They are staffed by professional licensed counselors, a registered dietician, professional graduate student interns and professional counseling externs. They strive to provide all services with compassion, respect, and sensitivity to the uniqueness of each concern and diversity of each student. 

Campus Pastoral Counselors:   Campus pastors and the University Ministries Team are available to connect with students in person and online. Meeting with a campus pastor is free and confidential. Learn about the ways that University Ministries seeks to support students through their academic journey by visiting their website.

The Jed Foundation is an online, not-for-profit resource committed to protecting emotional health and preventing suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, and giving them the skills and support they need to thrive. 


SPU Health Services: (206) 281-2231. Health Services is committed to providing confidential, safe, and compassionate care to all registered SPU students. We provide a range of services for both acute and chronic health issues including treatment of infections, sprains/strains, immunizations, laboratory testing, sexual and reproductive health, and mental health conditions.

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.