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Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions cares deeply about our community. Our faculty, staff, and students make up a vibrant, diverse group of people who come together to work and learn collaboratively to solve problems. We remain connected by this shared mission and are made stronger through our differences.
We are committed to ensuring that the college is a positive and safe place to learn and work. To do this, we need every member of our community to contribute by ensuring this essential objective. This means that we must create an environment in which civil discourse and appreciation of difference is integral to who we are.
We are asking each member of our community to take responsibility for ensuring that we work to create an environment that is free of discrimination, harrassment, bullying, or any barriers that would hinder one's success. These behaviors will not be tolerated. ASU expressly prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation by employees, students, contractors, or agents of the university based on any protected status: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, and genetic information (ACD 401: Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation) and should be reported according the university procedures https://provost.asu.edu/policies/procedures/p20.
If you are a student and have any concern that you or someone else is experiencing discrimination and/or being mistreated in our community, whether by another student or by an employee of ASU, please reach out to the Dean of Students' Office, Student Advocacy Office located at your campus at: Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. They are there to assist you. ASU also offers counseling to provide support. During business hours, area students can come to any of the four campus locations or call and ask to speak with a counselor. No appointment is necessary https://eoss.asu.edu/counseling. After hours/weekends or if you are experiencing a crisis call EMPACT’s 24-hour ASU-dedicated crisis hotline at: 480-921-1006.
If your concerns involve discrimination based on sex, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from this type of discrimination based in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
Victims of sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking and relationship violence are encouraged to seek support and report the incident. ASU has appointed a Title IX Coordinator to oversee ASU response to Title IX complaints, develop training and education programs/materials for faculty, staff, and students, as well as monitor trends and effectiveness of Title IX education efforts.
If you are an ASU employee and are aware of a Title IX violation, you are compelled to report this incident per ASU policy (https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html). If you are a student, please be aware that faculty and staff are required to report any incidences of IX violation.
If you are an employee of Watts College, a faculty or staff member, we care deeply about you as well. If you have concerns related to discrimination in your unit, you should reach out directly to the the school or center director who oversees that unit. If you are not comfortable doing that or do not receive the response you expect, you can reach out to a leader on our Watts College leadership team. Vice Dean Cynthia Lietz, Associate Dean Joanna Lucio or our consultant for Diversity and Inclusion, Yasmine Andrawis are happy to meet with you.
For any reports related to IX offenses, we are mandated reporters and will contact the Office of Rights and Responsibilities. You can contact this office directly is you have any concern that your reporting will not receive sufficient attention at the school, center or college level. There are multiple ways for our employees to express your concerns to ensure no one is hindered from expressing any concern related to discrimination, harrassment or retaliation.
Involving an ASU StudentContact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities on your campus:
Downtown PhoenixPost Office,
Tempe and Online StudentsStudent Services Bldg,
WestUniversity Center Bldg,
Against an ASU Faculty, Staff, Coach or Administrator
For sexual harassment, sex discrimination or sexual misconduct contact the Office of University Rights and Responsibilities
File a Criminal Complaint with ASU Police
325 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85287-1812