Catalog 2016-2017


Non-discrimination Policy

Western International University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious preference, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. The University complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1997, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and regulations, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

Conduct deemed to be in violation of this policy is prohibited and will not be tolerated by Western International University. Retaliation, in any form, against the person raising such a concern will also not be tolerated by the University.

Policy Violation Procedures

Students, faculty, or staff alleging harassment must present their grievance within six (6) weeks after the incident that gave rise to the allegations.  

1. Allegations of sex discrimination must be presented to Christopher Davis, Ph.D., Provost and Title IX Coordinator:


4025 S Riverpoint Parkway
Mailstop DB-A101
Phoenix, AZ 85040
(602) 429-1099
TitleIX@west.edu 

a. The Title IX Coordinator or their designee will manage efforts to conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation and make a determination on whether the party presented a factual connection between the allegation of discrimination and the alleged actions.
b. If the Title IX Coordinator finds that there is a factual connection between the allegation of discrimination and the alleged actions, then one of the following procedures will be followed:
i. If the accusation is against a faculty member, then the Faculty Code of Conduct procedures apply.
ii. If the accusation is against a student, then the Student Code of Conduct procedures apply.
iii. If the accusation is against an employee, then the Title IX Coordinator or their designee will contact Human Resources, and Human Resources policies for processing claims of discrimination will be followed. 
c. In instances where it is determined that a formal process is not appropriate, the student, faculty, or employee may be warned or counseled regarding the allegation.
d. Timeframe for Conducting Title IX complaints:
i. Investigation – A prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation will be conducted within 60 days barring any unusual complexity. 
ii. Opposing parties will receive notice of the outcome of the complaint within 30 days of the close of the investigation.
iii. Opposing parties shall be afforded the opportunity to appeal within 10 days of receiving notice of the outcome.
2. All other discrimination claims must be presented to the Provost or their respective designee. 
a. Provost or their respective designee will conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation and make a determination on whether the student presented a factual connection between the allegation of discrimination and the alleged actions. 
b. If the Provost or designee finds that there is a factual connection between the allegation of discrimination and the alleged actions, then one of the following procedures will be followed:
i. If the accusation is against a faculty member, then the Faculty Code of Conduct procedures apply.
ii. If the accusation is against a student, then the Student Code of Conduct procedures apply.
iii. If the accusation is against an employee, then the appropriate campus director or their designee will contact Human Resources, and Human Resources policies for processing claims of discrimination will be followed.
c. In instances where it is determined that a formal process is not appropriate, the student, faculty, or employee may be warned or counseled regarding the allegation.