Education, Investigation, and Resolution
The University of Puget Sound does not discriminate on the basis of sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), race, color, nation of origin, religion, creed, age, disability, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, gender identity, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and applicable federal, state or local laws.
Complaints or notice of alleged policy violations, or inquiries about or concerns regarding this policy and procedures, can be made internally by using the submission form and/or by contacting the Title IX Coordinator/Equal Opportunity Officer.
The Title IX Coordinator/Equal Opportunity Officer has been designated to handle inquiries internally regarding either the Campus Policy Prohibiting Sex-Based Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct or the Campus Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment.
Sandra Braedt, PHR, SHRM-CP
Title IX Coordinator/Equal Opportunity Officer
Howarth Hall 211D
1500 N. Warner St. #1019
Tacoma, WA 98416-1019
Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Education
915 Second Avenue, Room 3310
Seattle, WA 98174-1099
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Seattle District Office
Federal Office Building
909 First Avenue, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 9814-1061
ASL video phone: 844.234.5122
Title IX and all Sex/Gender Based Discrimination, Harassment, and Misconduct
"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
Title IX is a law that forbids education programs that receive federal money from sex discrimination. Although frequently associated with allowing women to participate in sports, Title IX more broadly protects all members of the campus community from discrimination on the basis of sex, ranging from sexual harassment to gender-based discrimination to sexual violence such as rape (including attempted rape), stalking, verbal abuse, and more. Title IX protection applies to students, faculty, and staff of all genders.
The University of Puget Sound is committed to upholding the rights granted by Title IX and to fully investigating and addressing Title IX violations. Puget Sound takes pride in cultivating a safe and proactive community with respect to sexual discrimination, gender violence prevention and education, and sexual assault and harassment response.
Campus Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment
The University of Puget Sound values and celebrates a diverse educational community based on mutual respect, trust, and responsibility. The university believes its students, faculty members and all other staff members should learn, teach, work, serve and lead in an environment free from discrimination and harassment. (Discrimination and harassment, as used in this policy, are defined below in Section II.B and C.)
The university is a community that encourages a rich knowledge of self and others, an appreciation of commonality and difference, the full, open, and civil discussion of ideas, thoughtful moral discourse, and the integration of learning. Academic freedom and freedom of expression are vital to our shared goals. Expression occurring in an academic, educational or research context is broadly protected by academic freedom. (See Faculty Code, Chapter I, Part E and Student Integrity Principle.) However, discrimination, including harassment, compromises the integrity of the university. Accordingly, the university is committed to taking action to prevent, correct, and where appropriate, discipline discrimination and harassment as defined by this policy.