Title IX is a federal law that prevents discrimination based on sex. Most people remember it as the law granting girls and women equal access to academic and athletic opportunities at schools, colleges and universities.
However, Title IX also protects students from:
- sexual harassment
- dating/relationship violence
- sexual violence, including assault, battery and rape
Campuses must provide a way for students to file complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence and then fully investigate each claim. Training and prevention programs are required as are reports on campus sexual assault statistics.
About Title IX
Title IX protects students from sex discrimination in a wide range of situations from financial aid to health services to classroom assignments. It also includes sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Learn more about Title IX.
Know Your Rights
When you report an incident, you have certain rights as a complainant. These rights include:
- seeking immediate medical assistance
- filing a criminal charge
- getting help preserving evidence
- preventing contact with the assailant
WSU's Sexual Violence Policy & Procedure ensures a prompt investigation into the complaint.
Also, be sure that you understand the legal definitions used during Title IX investigations. The term sexual violence includes behaviors from sexual assault to relationship violence to stalking.
Another key definition to understand is consent. Consent is informed, freely given and mutually understood. There is no consent if intimidation, threats or physical force are used. Past consent does not imply future consent..
Submit a Complaint
Reporting an incident is your choice. You can stay anonymous or provide contact information. Reporting to WSU Security or the Title IX Coordinator can help prevent others from being sexually assaulted.
You may submit a complaint personally or through a third-party report. You do not have to pursue charges or open a police investigation.
Learn more about submitting a Title IX complaint.
Help for Survivors
If you experience sexual assault, stalking or dating/relationship violence, you may want to reach out for help from:
- WSU Security
- Title IX Coordinator
- local law enforcement
- professional counselors and advocates
You have the right to choose your course of action and set the pace.
Sexual Violence Resources
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, resources are available to help you through this experience.