Do you have a concern about your learning environment? Do you need to talk with someone about how to handle a tough interpersonal situation or conflict? The following resources are meant to help students who have a complaint or need help resolving a situation. These resources are available to all students regardless of your location in WWAMI.
Students who have concerns about mistreatment in the learning environment (classroom or clinical setting) or with any educator or staff should visit the Learning Environment website.
Please remember that as a student of the University of Washington, you are always protected under UW Executive Order No. 31, regardless of where you might be geographically when participating in a clerkship. This order:
Prohibits discrimination or harassment against a member of the University community because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, pregnancy, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, or veteran status…[and also] Prohibits retaliation against any individual who reports concerns regarding discrimination or harassment, or who cooperates with or participates in any investigation of allegations of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation under this policy, or any individual who is perceived to have engaged in any of these actions.
For more information on Executive Order No. 31: http://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/PO/EO31.html
UW SafeCampus is the University of Washington’s violence-prevention and response program. They support students, staff, faculty and community members in preventing violence and will listen to your concerns and provide guidance and safety plans tailored to your situation. Their caring, trained professionals will talk you through options and connect you with additional resources if you want them. Call SafeCampus at 206-685-7233 anytime — no matter where you work or study — to anonymously discuss safety and well-being concerns for yourself or others. (Note: In urgent or dangerous situations, always call 911 first.)
We encourage students who experience sex- or gender-based violence, harassment, or discrimination to contact UW SafeCampus, which affords a safe reporting environment. They will provide information about your rights, available resources, and reporting options.
Office of the Ombud
The Office of the Ombud is a confidential, neutral resource, where students, faculty, and staff can seek information, consultation, and assistance for any professional challenges that they are facing at the University of Washington. The UW Ombud’s mission is to provide high quality, client-focused services for preventing, managing, and resolving conflict at this university. Through active participation in the problem-solving process, clients develop the ability to prevent, manage, and resolve future conflicts. This resource is available to all medical students regardless of their physical location across WWAMI.
Click here to make an appointment for a Zoom or phone consultation with the Office of the Ombud.
Student Legal Services
Student Legal Services (SLS) provides a safe and confidential space for all UW-Seattle students who have legal questions or concerns. SLS offers free 40-minute consultations on a broad range of issues. Students can also hire SLS for ongoing representation for a low hourly rate.
Contact phone: 206.543.6486
Location: HUB 306
Reporting Bias Incidents
From the UW’s Reporting Bias Incidents website:
“The University of Washington values and honors diverse experiences and perspectives, strives to create welcoming and respectful learning environments and promotes access and opportunity. If you encounter or suspect incidents of bias, you are encouraged to file a report, which will be reviewed by the UW’s Bias Incident Advisory Committee. Whenever possible, bias reports will be reviewed within two to four business days.”
The University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO) is responsible for investigating complaints that a University employee has violated the University’s non-discrimination and/or non-retaliation policies. A UCIRO investigation may be requested either by an individual or by the administrative head of a University organization.
Title IX is a Federal law that states: “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.” The University Title IX office is responsible for facilitating the University’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence or sexual assault, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Retaliation against those who raise complaints or participate in the complaint investigation and resolution process is also prohibited.