2020-2021 Catalog

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination in Education and Employment

City University of Seattle is an educational community bound by common standards of conduct. The University recognizes that in order to fulfill its mission it must provide an educational environment that fosters respect for all members of the University community, which includes staff, faculty, students, interns, volunteers, University-affiliated board members, University management team and visitors, as well as one that is free from discriminatory practices.

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Education

Regarding student recruitment and admission, City University of Seattle subscribes to the principles and laws of the State of Washington and the federal government, including applicable executive orders that pertain to civil rights, equal opportunity, and affirmative action.

The University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical, mental or sensory disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a Vietnam-era or other covered disabled veteran.

Evidence of practices believed to be inconsistent with this policy should be reported to the Vice President of Student Administration. If a situation warrants further administrative assistance, after using City University of Seattle’s grievance procedure and appeals conciliation process, public resources are available through the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, and the Washington State Human Rights Commission.

Grievance Process

City University of Seattle has created the following procedure to provide an effective and acceptable way to bring to the University’s attention any equal opportunity, non-discrimination, disciplinary or conduct-related problems and complaints. The procedure helps identify and eliminate legitimate causes for dissatisfaction and enables students to file grievances without fear of retribution or prejudice. The procedure is separate from and applies to all issues other than grades.

The grievance filing procedure is as follows:

  1. The aggrieved party contacts the Vice President of Student Administration or designee as soon as a problem is recognized.
  2. The aggrieved party and the Vice President of Student Administration or designee meet and an appropriate form is provided for the aggrieved party.
  3. Once the form is completed, the Vice President of Student Administration or designee conducts an investigation and prepares a report of findings.
  4. The Vice President of Student Administration or designee reviews the findings with the aggrieved party’s department head and the University’s executive team.
  5. Within ten (10) days the outcome of these reviews will be shared with the aggrieved party.
  6. In the event of any apparently irreconcilable conflict, a three-person board comprised of non-involved faculty, staff and a member of the aggrieved party’s peer group (such as another student) will be appointed to review the grievance and attempt conciliation. The board’s written recommendation, of which the aggrieved party will receive a copy, will be prepared within ten (10) additional working days for review by the president of the university.
  7. When the appropriate action has been determined, all parties involved will be informed of the decision in writing. Finally, a follow-up procedure will be developed to ensure the action that was agreed on is carried out accordingly.

Documentation of all proceedings will be held in strictest confidence and maintained in a confidential file.

It is the responsibility of all City University of Seattle faculty and staff to refer a student grievance to the Vice President of Student Administration or designee for compliance with this procedure.

(Policy #2300.07)