Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action (Executive Order 31)

The University of Washington, as an institution established and maintained by the people of the state, is committed to providing equality of opportunity and an environment that fosters respect for all members of the University community. This policy has the goal of promoting an environment that is free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. To facilitate that goal, the University retains the authority to discipline or take appropriate corrective action for any conduct that is deemed unacceptable or inappropriate, regardless of whether the conduct rises to the level of unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. We invite faculty, staff and students to carefully review the full text of this policy for complete information. 

Diversity & Inclusion

The UW Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences (SPHSC) is committed to building and sustaining a multicultural community that fosters equity, diversity and inclusion. We believe that this is achieved by intentionally creating opportunities for involvement, participation and growth for each individual and by nurturing a positive institutional climate through professional development, education, policy and practice. Our objective is to create a community that encourages participation and connection, and that values each individual's unique contribution, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical status, and age.

The SPHSC Department supports diversity through the following initiatives: 

  • Maintaining a faculty, staff, and student Diversity Committee to enhance awareness, provide training, and increase diversity and inclusion opportunities in the department
  • Utilizing departmental diversity metrics to make our programs more inclusive
  • Creating a solid, holistic admissions process for student selection
  • Working with the UW Graduate School to provide GO-MAP diversity scholarships to our students
  • Providing ways to engage with the community in diversity efforts that improve health outcomes for all

Equal Opportunity

The University of Washington and the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences affirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. This policy applies to all programs and facilities, including but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, employment, and patient and hospital services.

Any discriminatory action can be a cause for disciplinary action. Discrimination is prohibited by Presidential Executive order 11246 as amended, Washington State Gubernatorial Executive Orders 89-01 and 93-07, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as amended, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972 as amended, other federal and state statutes, regulations, and University policy.

Coordination of the compliance efforts of the University of Washington with respect to all of these laws and regulations is under the direction of the Assistant Provost for Equal Opportunity, Dr. Helen Remick, Equal Opportunity Office, Box 354560, 4045 Brooklyn Ave. N.E., University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195-6261, telephone (206) 685-3263/V or 543-6452/TTY or email

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington and the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences are committed to ensuring that otherwise qualified students with disabilities are provided with access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment.

The Disability Resources for Students Office (DRS) is the contact point for students with permanent or temporary disabilities interested in requesting reasonable accommodations due to the effects of a disability. DRS establishes a student’s eligibility for disability accommodations and works collaboratively with faculty and staff to coordinate and implement these accommodations. DRS is a resource for students, faculty, and staff regarding the provision of equal access for students with disabilities in all aspects of campus life. DRS provides knowledgeable guidance and consultation and is a resource for publications on disability-related subject matter.

Students who believe they have a disability, for which they wish to request reasonable accommodations, should contact DRS to start the process for documenting their disability and determining eligibility for services prior to the start of their academic program where possible. While this process can be started at any time, reasonable accommodations may not be implemented retroactively, so the timeliness in requesting accommodations is very important. The University does have policies regarding the type of documentation required in order to diagnose different disabilities and a process for requesting accommodations.

For questions or to learn more about the process for establishing services please contact the DRS office directly:

Disability Resources for Students (Seattle) 
011 Mary Gates – Box 352808
Seattle, WA 98195-5839
206- 543-8924 (Voice) 
206- 543-8925 (TTY) 
206- 616-8379 (FAX) (email) (testing center email) (website)