Reporting Concerns about your SUS Academic Experience
The student concern process is to resolve issues equitably by working together toward a reasonable resolution. The School of Urban Studies upholds values that include institutional responsiveness, social justice, diversity, and equity.
Reporting Discriminatory or Harrasing Behavior
Title IX, Washington State law, and University of Washington policy prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, pregnant or parenting status, and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) identity. You can find more information about reporting on the University of Washington’s Title IX website.
Students who need to report a concern about sexual harassment or discrimination have multiple reporting options.
To anonymously discuss safety and well-being concerns for yourself or others, students can contact SafeCampus at 206-685-7233 Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm excluding UW holidays.
They will listen to your concerns and provide individualized care, support and safety plans tailored to your situation. Their caring, trained professionals will talk you through your options and connect you with additional resources when requested.
Misconduct by Other Students
Students who are aware of, or victims of, misconduct on the part of other students—either behavior misconduct or academic misconduct (plagiarism and cheating)—should contact the Office of Student Conduct. Such misconduct will be investigated according to procedures established in the UW Student Conduct Code. Student Life (formerly known as Student Engagement) has an online tool to make reporting alleged incidents of student misconduct easier for faculty, staff, and students.
Bias Incident Reporting
Bias incidents are acts or behaviors motivated by the offender's bias against any combination but not limited to identities such as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
While these acts do not necessarily rise to the level of a crime, a violation of state law, University policy, or the Student Code of Conduct, a bias act may contribute to creating an unsafe, negative, or unwelcome environment for the victim; anyone who shares the same social identity as the victim; and/or, community members of the University.
The UW Tacoma's Bias Incident Reporting Website is a resource for anyone who needs to report an incident of bias or wants to explore and better understand issues like bias and discrimination, and how to effectively respond.
If your concern is not related to the above, or is not resolved within SUS, below are other resources available to students.
Disability Resources for Students (DRS) is dedicated to ensuring access and inclusion for all students with disabilities on the UW Tacoma campus.
Any enrolled student at UW Tacoma who has an appropriately documented physical, emotional, or mental disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities (including walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working), is eligible for services from DRS.
The TLC supports the development of all UW Tacoma students on their pathways to academic success and beyond. TLC consultants work collaboratively with students in writing, math, science and statistics, helping them to develop the skills, strategies, knowledge, and confidence necessary for academic success.
The Office of Student Advocacy and Support provides referral and support services to students, using a case management model. The purpose of this office is to assist student in developing strategies to overcome and address barriers that prevent them from achieving their educational goals. For more information or to make a request to meet with the caseworker, please visit the Student Advocacy and Support website.
PSYCHOLOGICAL AND WELLNESS SERVICES
It is common for students to experience times when they feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of college, work, family, and relationships. Psychological & Wellness Services is here to help students cope with stresses and personal issues that can interfere with their ability to perform in school.
Psychological & Wellness Services provides free counseling to currently enrolled UW Tacoma students and consultation to faculty and staff.
For more information about the services provided, including how to make an appointment and walk-in hours, please visit the Psychological & Wellness Services website.
UW TACOMA OFFICE OF OMBUD
The Office of the Ombud is a place where all members of the University of Washington community (including students) can seek information, consultation, and assistance. Each year, the Ombud Office collaborates with hundreds of individuals who are facing challenges. They provide a safe environment to voice concerns and develop constructive options to address the situation.