Welcome to the 2020–21 academic year

by Lisa Landreman, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Jade Aguilar, Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion,

Here are some important policies and resources for students from all colleges to review as the semester commences.

Dear Students,

We’d like to direct you to some important policies and resources for all students — undergraduate and graduate — as you begin the semester. 

First, what you may expect of Willamette University and, in turn, what the university expects of you can be found in the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities on the university's policies website within the online Student Handbook that contains the Code of Student Conduct and in your respective college or school’s catalog.

Please note that the Student Code of Conduct applies to all students whether residing on or off campus.

Second, in compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, you will find the Alcohol and Drug Abuse policy and resources located on the university's policies website. This policy includes campus and federal consequences for violations as well as resources. The Alcohol on Campus and at University Events policy is located in the Student Code of Conduct.

Third, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex and gender discrimination within higher education. The Not Alone website provides information and resources on the Sexual Misconduct Policy for Students.  As you may know, the Department of Education released new Title IX regulations of which we are required to comply. These regulations went into effect Aug. 14. Be assured that our perspective is to view compliance with the new regulations as a foundation for what’s expected. We will continue to apply best practices so that students are supported and our adjudication process remains equitable. Confidential advocates are available in the Gender Resource & Advocacy Center to provide support, resources and information about a variety of options for students who have experienced sexual misconduct. We understand that sexual misconduct is an issue in every community. We are committed to being at the forefront of institutions confronting this issue.

If you have questions or concerns about student responsibilities and expectations, or any of the information in the Student Handbook or university policies website, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at student-affairs-office@willamette.edu or 503-370-6447.

Here’s to a wonderful start of the new year,

Lisa Landreman, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Jade Aguilar, Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator

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