Effective August 14, 2020, the university has implemented a number of changes to its Title IX process as required by the final rule under Title IX that was released earlier this summer by the U.S. Department of Education.
- The university’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy has been amended to incorporate a new definition and scope of behavior that is prohibited by Title IX.
- Any sexual misconduct matters that now fall outside of the new definition or scope of behavior will be investigated by the same process as before for faculty and staff, and under a new Student Gender Equity Grievance Process for students.
- Four new processes will be implemented:
To reflect the addition of non-Title IX responsibilities, the Title IX office will be renamed the Gender Equity and Title IX Compliance Office. Staffing for the office will remain the same.
Students who need support should contact the Habif Health and Wellness Center or the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center.
Support for faculty and staff is available through Work-Life Solutions or by contacting us.
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Under the law, sexual harassment and sexual violence, which are forms of sex discrimination, are also prohibited.
All individuals participating in educational programs or activities that are affiliated with WashU – including faculty, staff, students and third-parties attending university-sponsored events – are protected by Title IX.
Learn more about WashU’s commitment to addressing the serious issues of sexual assault and misconduct on our campus as we keep a firm focus on ensuring that our students are supported, treated fairly and respectfully, and given the appropriate tools to navigate the Title IX process.
See the Title IX Strategic Working Group 2018-19 End of Year Report (PDF) for a summary of Implementation Teams that were created, as well as the charges, outcomes and further recommendations that each Implementation Team reported.
Statistics on Reports of Sexual Violence
To review reports of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking at WashU, visit Appendices D (pg. 73) and E (pg. 82) in our annual Safety and Security brochure (PDF).
Please note that any incidents reported confidentially to the RSVP Center that meet the reporting requirements of the Clery Act – a federal statute that requires disclosure of campus crime statistics and security information by colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs – are included in the report. However, we do not provide or share any identifying information related to these cases.
The results of the 2019 AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct are also available.