At Washington University in St. Louis, we are dedicated to maintaining a safe and respectful learning, living and working environment.
We are working to end discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual assault on campus.
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
—Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
Jessica W. Kennedy
Title IX Coordinator
Director for Sexual Assault and Community Health Services
Sexual Assault and Rape Anonymous Helpline (SARAH)
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) based on sex in the university’s educational programs and activities. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for asserting claims of sex discrimination. At Washington University, Title IX Coordinator Jessica W. Kennedy coordinates our compliance with and response to inquiries concerning Title IX. Complaints or inquiries regarding Title IX may also be submitted by contacting the United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights at 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20202-1100 or by visiting www2.ed.gov or calling 1-800-421-3481.
At any point before, during or after an investigation and regardless of the university’s final decision, the Title IX coordinator may determine that interim or remedial measures directed at the parties, witnesses or a broader university population are necessary and appropriate to prevent or respond to sexual harassment or sexual violence.
Filing a report
If you are a victim of sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual assault and choose to file a report with the university, we will take immediate and appropriate action to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred and to take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end any discrimination, harassment or violence, eliminate a hostile environment if one has been created, and prevent the harassment, discrimination or violence from occurring again.
While the university strongly encourages victims to report to the university and the police, we understand that some students will ask that their names not be disclosed to alleged perpetrators or that the school not proceed with a formal investigation or disciplinary action. The university will seriously consider these requests and, except in limited circumstances, will honor the student’s wishes.
All complaints of sexual assault filed by employees, students or third parties against Washington University students will be investigated by the University Sexual Assault Investigation Board (“USAIB”). Complaints of other forms of sexual harassment, dating/domestic violence or stalking that are filed against a student but that do not involve sexual assault may, at the discretion of the judicial administrator, be referred to the USAIB or be adjudicated pursuant to the procedures in the University Student Judicial Code. Complaints of sexual assault or sexual harassment filed against a faculty or staff member are governed by the Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Hearing Procedures and should be directed to the Title IX coordinator or any of the personnel listed at https://hr.wustl.edu/policies/Pages/DiscriminationAndHarassment.aspx.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to assisting all members of the university community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual security compliance document is available on the university police website.
The website contains information regarding campus security and personal safety issues, including topics such as crime prevention, law enforcement authority of university police, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters important to on-campus security. The website also contains statistics from the three previous calendar years for crimes reported on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Washington University, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus.