January 16, 2018
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
As we begin 2018, many issues related to sexual harassment and assault continue to receive unprecedented national attention. The recent disclosures of sexual harassment and assault allegations in various industries, sectors and fields—including higher education—have led to important dialogue throughout the country and world, and hopefully serve, to each one of us, as a powerful notice or reminder of the magnitude of the problem as well as the shared responsibility we have to address it.
At this time we write to remind our campus community of Seattle University’s firm commitment to promoting and maintaining a working, learning and living environment free from sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct and of the support resources and reporting options available on campus.
At Seattle University there are various ways for members of our community to seek support and bring forward concerns of sexual harassment, other forms of sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking) and other discriminatory actions (such as unfair treatment based on sex/sexual orientation/gender identity/gender expression). This is the case even if the incident occurred years ago or happened off campus.
The course of action taken by the university when concerns are brought forward will depend on the particular facts and circumstances involved, but in all cases the university works to support those impacted and address the concerns with the intent to end the conduct, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects.
Community members may seek support from and/or report incidents of sexual misconduct, discrimination or related retaliation to the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) or other options listed below. Each of these offices has an accountability and obligation to make all reasonable efforts to ensure privacy and confidentiality; treat everyone with respect, dignity, and sensitivity; and ensure all concerns raised are appropriately addressed in a timely manner.
For incidents of sexual misconduct, discrimination or related retaliation, whether it involves a student, faculty, staff or third party, contact:
For incidents involving students, you may also contact:
For incidents involving a faculty or staff member, you may also contact:
For emergency and after-hours assistance, contact:
To make an anonymous online or phone report, contact:
Additional on-campus support resources include Diversity and Inclusion and those listed below.
For students, faculty and staff:
For faculty and staff:
What we communicated last quarter in response to the changing legal requirements around sexual misconduct on college campuses holds true in regards to the changing levels of national focus on these issues. Seattle University is and will remain committed to providing a safe and equitable learning, living and working environment and to maintaining and continually improving upon our efforts to prevent and best respond to incidences of sexual misconduct impacting members of our community. Our mission and values sustain our resolve on these issues.
Andrea Herrera Katahira
Assistant Vice President for Institutional Equity, Chief EEO Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Vice President for Human Resources
Vice President for Student Development