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University of Washington School of Law’s Diversity Commitment: Student Survey and Complaint Review and Resolution Process

This document expresses UW Law’s commitment to diversity and provides two concrete steps in our ongoing effort to nurture a student-centered, culturally competent, and collegial community united by our commitment to sustainable excellence. We expect these efforts to be multidimensional and ongoing; therefore, this document is not intended to be an all-inclusive description of our efforts in this area, and we fully expect that the processes described here will change and adapt as we go forward. To the extent that this document describes our intention with respect to employees, it is not intended to create a contractual commitment or to affect in any way existing collective bargaining agreements.

I. UW Law’s Commitment

The law school community seeks to live out the University’s diversity statement in word and in action. We will best serve our students by creating and maintaining an educational environment that is diverse, inclusive and that promotes cross-cultural competencies. Such an environment will provide the best platform for our students to reach their potential in academic and professional development. While the faculty, staff, and students in our community are united in their commitment to our goals, it is important to have a regular assessment of our performance and to have a means of ensuring accountability to our goals. Accordingly, to assist us in living out the University’s diversity statement in word and in action, we commit to conducting an annual survey of our progress and providing a process by which any member of our community may provide feedback as to the diversity and inclusiveness of the educational environment or raise concerns about the effectiveness of our promotion of cross cultural competencies.

UW Law’s commitment to diversity and provides two concrete steps in our ongoing effort to nurture a student-centered, culturally competent, and collegial community united by our commitment to sustainable excellence. We expect these efforts to be multidimensional and ongoing; therefore, this statement is not intended to be an all-inclusive description of our efforts in this area, and we fully expect that the processes described here will change and adapt as we go forward. To the extent that this document describes our intention with respect to employees, it is not intended to create a contractual commitment or to affect in any way existing collective bargaining agreements.

II. Annual Survey

The best survey of the performance of law schools in the United States is the Law Student Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE). LSSSE includes questions that assess the educational environment and its level of inclusion and respect for difference. We will use this survey instrument annually to assess our environment. The Associate Dean for Students shall be responsible for administering the survey annually, and for reporting the results to the Dean and to the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity. For academic year 2011-2012, the Law School will engage in its own survey of the student body as to the educational environment and its level of inclusion and respect for difference. The results of that survey will be reported to the Dean and the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity.

III. Complaints Related to Inclusiveness, Respect, and Cultural Competency

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Last updated 4/18/2012