Equal Opportunity Policies

Notice of Non-Discrimination/Safe Educational Environment

It is the policy of Washburn University School of Law to assure equal educational and employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status. Equal educational opportunity includes, but is not limited to, admissions, recruitment, extracurricular programs and activities, housing, facilities use, access to course offerings, counseling and testing, financial aid, health services and employment. Equal employment opportunity includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, hiring, assignment of duties, tenure and promotion determinations, compensation, benefits, training and termination. This policy applies to all employees of the Law School.

The University's Affirmative Action Plan affirms the University's commitment to the implementation of this policy and applies to all University practices and policies with respect to academic programs and employment.

The administration of Washburn University is committed to its support of the principles of equal opportunity for students, faculty and staff. Each unit within the University is charged with conducting its practices in conformity with these principles and in accordance with the University's comprehensive Affirmative Action Plan. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dr. Pamela Foster, Equal Opportunity Director/Title IX Coordinator, Washburn University, 1700 SW College Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66621, (785) 670-1509 or eodirector@washburn.edu.

See also Washburn University's Equal Opportunity statement.

Harassment and Discrimination

Washburn Law is required by federal laws to address complaints of discrimination and harassment. Faculty and administrators are considered responsible employees and as responsible employees, are required to report an incident of discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence to Dr. Pam Foster. Faculty members and administrators are only required to report the name of the complainant, but may report more information at their discretion. A class assignment WILL NOT trigger an investigation or a report to Dr. Foster. Students and employees may file complaints with the Equal Opportunity Director/Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Pam Foster. Complaints may be filed in person, electronically, or by U.S. Postal Service, or with Washburn University Police at (785) 670-1509. See http://www.washburn.edu/statements-disclosures/equal-opportunity/how-to-file-a-complaint.html.

Confidential Resources

On campus, University Counseling Services offers free, confidential counseling to students on any topic, including experiences with sexual assault or relationship violence. Counselors are not designated as "Responsible Employees" under the EEO Policy. Any information shared in a counseling session will be kept confidential and only revealed with a student’s permission. Other on and off-campus resources are found at: http://www.washburn.edu/statements-disclosures/equal-opportunity/_files/Resources_2014.pdf (22 KB PDF).