Equal Opportunity and Accommodations

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. This policy applies to all programs and facilities, including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, employment, and patient and hospital services. Any discriminatory action can be a cause for disciplinary action. Discrimination is prohibited by Presidential Executive Order 11246 as amended, Washington State Gubernatorial Executive Orders 89-01 and 93-07, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Washington State Law Against Discrimination RCW 49.60, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, State of Washington Gender Equity in Higher Education Act of 1989, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as amended, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972 as amended, other federal and state statutes, regulations, and University policy. Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action compliance efforts at the University of Washington are coordinated by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, University of Washington, 442A Gerberding Hall, Box 351240, Seattle, Washington, 98195-1240, telephone 206.543.1830 or email eoaa@u.washington.edu.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or dso@u.washington.edu.

For additional information visit: https://ap.washington.edu/eoaa/equal-opportunity-and-accommodation-statements

Academic Honesty Policy

Students enrolled in UW courses are expected to observe the code of academic honesty required of University of Washington students. Violation of this code can result in various penalties, including a failing grade in the course and, in some cases, disciplinary actions. Instances of academic dishonesty for credit courses will be handled by the University of Washington Committee on Academic Conduct. Academic dishonesty includes plagiarism, defined as offering the language or ideas of someone else as one's own. Plagiarism may range from failure to credit isolated formulas, sentences or paragraphs to copying entire articles from books, periodicals, speeches or writing of other students. If evidence of academic misconduct is established, students will be given a failing grade for the course and any refund of tuition fees will be denied. 

FERPA—Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a federal law protecting the privacy of students. FERPA was written specifically for students and guarantees them the right to inspect and review their education records, the right to seek to amend education records, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of information from those education records.

How Does This Regulation Affect You?
If the student has not restricted access to directory (or public) information you may release the following:

  • Name
  • Address 
  • Telephone number 
  • E-mail address 
  • Enrollment status 
  • Degrees & awards received 
  • Most recent previous school attended

If a student has blocked release of directory information, you may not release any information about that student. We recommend you say, "I have no information about that individual."

Do Not Release Without Written Authorization

  • Student number 
  • Grades/Exam Scores 
  • Grade Point Average 
  • Social Security Number 
  • Parent Address/Phone 
  • Detail of Registration Information (i.e., courses, times) 
  • Race, Ethnicity, or Nationality 
  • Gender 
  • Date of Birth 
  • Total Credits 
  • Number of Credits Enrolled in a Quarter 
  • Emergency Contact

The public posting of grades either by the student's name, student number, or social security number without the student's written permission is a violation of FERPA. This includes the posting of grades to a class/institutional website and applies to any public posting of grades in hallways and in departmental offices for all students including those taking distance education courses.

Notification of grades via e-mail is in violation of FERPA. There is no guarantee of confidentiality on the Internet. The institution would be held responsible if an unauthorized third party gained access, in any manner, to a student's education record through any electronic transmission method.

Contact Virjean Edwards in the Office of the University Registrar, 206-543-3290, vedwards@u.washington.edu, if you have any questions about this information.
You may also want to review the FERPA page for students  for further information. 

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
Submission to such conduct is made either an implicit or explicit condition of an individual's academic, work, living environment or participation in a University community.
Submission or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for a decision that affects an individual's academic, work, living environment or participation in a University community.
The conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it could reasonably be expected to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning or working environment, or has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic, work, living environment, or participation in a University community.
For more information, see University of Washington: Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Information Service.