Harassment & Discrimination Policy

Overview

Philosophy

Gonzaga recognizes the inherent dignity of all individuals and promotes respect for all people in its activities and programs and in the relationships it shares with students, faculty, staff and the public. Further, Gonzaga expects all community members to promote dignity and respect in their daily interactions with each other.

Harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct will not be tolerated at Gonzaga. Such acts are counter to our mission, values, Student Code of Conduct and are against Gonzaga policy. Acts of harassment, discrimination, and/or sexual misconduct interfere with an individual’s ability to benefit from the Gonzaga experience. Gonzaga is committed to taking all appropriate steps to eliminate harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct, prevent its recurrence and address its effects.

Gonzaga seeks to cultivate a campus culture of prevention and awareness surrounding harassment, discrimination and/or sexual misconduct. All members of the Gonzaga community are encouraged to report any incident of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct. Gonzaga will take steps to resolve complaints promptly and equitably. Gonzaga does this by providing counseling and support services for individuals and groups who have been affected by harassment, discrimination, and/or sexual misconduct, by holding individuals who violate this policy accountable, and by providing education and training to the Gonzaga community. 

It is a violation of Gonzaga policy to threaten, intimidate or retaliate in any way against an individual for raising allegations of harassment or discrimination, participating in an investigation, complaint process or hearing, filing a complaint alleging harassment or discrimination, or encouraging others to report. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment. Gonzaga will take immediate and responsive action to any retaliation. Anyone found to have acted in a retaliatory manner may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Gonzaga's Policy on Non-Discrimination

Gonzaga University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, or any other non-merit factor in employment, educational program, or activities that it operates.

Policies and procedures (collectively referred to as “policies”) are written consistent with Gonzaga’s Mission Statement. Our non-discrimination policies comply with federal and state regulations, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Title IX Inquiries & Complaint Process

Inquiries concerning application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Director. To file a complaint of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, or gender-based discrimination, contact any of the parties listed below.

Non-Discrimination Inquiries & Complaint Process

Inquiries concerning the application of the University’s non-discrimination policy may be referred to the Office of Equity and Inclusion. To file a complaint of harassment or discrimination based upon any of the protected groups, contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion or any of the parties listed below:

The following are the Office of Equity and Inclusion contacts:

  • Chris Purviance
    Assistant Director, Office of Equity & Inclusion
    Business Services Center, Office 009
    102 E. Boone Ave.
    purviance@gonzaga.edu
    (509) 313-5858
  • Stephanie N. Whaley
    Title IX Director
    Business Services Center, Office 18
    102 E. Boone Ave.
    whaleys@gonzaga.edu
    (509) 313-6910

The following are the Deputy Title IX Coordinators:

  • Heather Gores
    Associate Athletic Director, Athletics
    McCarthey Athletic Center, Office 315
    gores@gonzaga.edu
    (509) 313-3599
  • Eric Baldwin
    Dean of Student Well-Being and Healthy Living
    College Hall 120
    baldwine@gonzaga.edu
    (509) 313-4135
  • Michael Roden
    Assistant Athletics Director, Student Athletics Support Services
    McCarthey Athletic Center PV 103A
    roden@gonzaga.edu
    (509) 313-5527

Other appropriate parties as identified in the Gonzaga University Harassment and Discrimination Policy in the Policies and Procedures Manual.

Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education:

Seattle Office, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
915 Second Avenue Room 3310
Seattle, WA 98174-1099
Telephone: (206) 607-1600
TDD: (800) 877-8339
Fax: (206) 607-1601
Email: OCR.Seattle@ed.gov

Scope of Policy

This policy applies to harassment and discrimination based on legally protected classes or characteristics. It applies to all Gonzaga community members, including employees and students. All students and employees of Gonzaga are responsible for their actions and behavior, whether the conduct in question occurs on or off campus. As such, this policy applies to both on campus conduct and relevant off campus conduct which affects the Gonzaga community.

Vendors, independent contractors, visitors, and others who conduct business with Gonzaga or on Gonzaga property are also expected to comply with this policy.

Gonzaga’s Office of Equity and Inclusion is responsible for oversight of complaints made pursuant to this policy for all forms of harassment and discrimination prohibited by law. However, gender-based complaints made by students against other students, faculty, staff, other community members or visitors, are overseen by the Title IX Director.

For more information, please contact the Human Resource Office or any of the individuals listed above.


All resolution proceedings are conducted in compliance with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Clery Act, Title IX, other applicable federal and state laws, and Gonzaga policy. No information shall be released except as required or permitted by law and Gonzaga policy.