Title IX at Bates

Need to report now?

For students

Contact Lin Zhou, Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success,

For employees

Contact Gary Nilsson, Director of Human Resources

Filing a complaint:

Members of the college community or visitors who believe they have been the subject of discrimination or harassment should report the incident or incidents to the College Title IX/EEO Coordinator. The procedure and forms for filing a complaint can be found here.

Bates Technical College is committed to providing a healthy and productive environment for our students to learn and our employees to work. The college does not tolerate violent, harassing, threatening, or intimidating behavior toward our students, staff, faculty, or visitors. Students learn and employees work best when they know they have a supportive environment in which to do so. The safety of our students, staff, faculty, and visitors is our highest priority.

Bates Technical College offers our campus community professional staff, resources, training, and policies that help ensure a safe environment on and off campus. With these people, tools, and means in place, we are confident that we have created a college in which people can learn and work at their best.  

If you are sexually assaulted

Find a safe place:

  • Your emotions may be confusing right now. That is normal in response to trauma. Know that it is not your fault.

Seek medical attention:

  • Take care of your injuries and preserve evidence. Don't shower or brush your teeth, keep your clothes in a paper bag.
  • Go to a hospital emergency room and request a rape exam (also called a rape kit).

File a report:

  • Download the procedure and forms.
  • Document all the details you can remember.
  • File a report with Campus Safety (253-680-7111), the Title IX Coordinator (253-680-7105), and/or local law enforcement (911) or Tacoma PD 253-798-4721

Talk to someone and get support:

  • Pierce County Crisis Line, 1 (800) 576-7764
  • Pierce County Sexual Assault Center, (253) 474-7273 or 1-800-756-7273
  • Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, 253-798-4166 or 1-800-764-2420

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits gender-based discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funds. Title IX is most commonly associated with gender discrimination in sports and is credited with advancing participation of women in athletics. However, the scope of Title IX is much more broad. It prohibits gender-based discrimination in all college programs and activities.

Title IX protection from discrimination extends to faculty, staff and students and includes such things as: sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, gender-identity and pregnancy. It also prohibits retaliation against anyone who makes or participates in a complaint.

Intersection of Title IX and the Clery Act

Bates Technical College College complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

In compliance with Title IX, Bates Technical College does not tolerate sexual harassment or discrimination in its educational programs or activities. It is the college's goal to maintain a respectful environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, bullying, hazing, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual violence, and rape. If you have experienced harassment, discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, domestic/dating violence, stalking, bullying or hazing, or are aware of an incident, CALL OR GO TALK TO:

On Campus:

  • For students: Bates Title IX Coordinator, 253-680-7105
  • For employees: Bates Human Resource Director, 253-680-7180
  • Bates Campus Safety, 253-680-7111

Off Campus:

  • Pierce County Crisis Line, 1 (800) 576-7764
  • Pierce County Sexual Assault Center, (253) 474-7273 or 1-800-756-7273
  • Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, 253-798-4166 or 1-800-764-2420
  • Washington State Employee Assistance Program, (877) 313-4455
  • Local Police, 9-1-1

External Resources

Any student, employee, applicant for admission or employment, or member of the public using Bates Technical College facilities who believes he/she has been discriminated against has the right to bypass the internal college process and file a discrimination complaint with one of the agencies listed below or any other agency with the jurisdiction to hear such complaints. Individuals seeking assistance from state and federal agencies need to be aware that many agencies have strict timelines regarding the filing of complaints.


U.S. Department of Education
915 Second Avenue Room 3310
Seattle, WA  98174-1099
(206) 607-1600 · (800) 877-8339 TTY http://www.seattle.gov/civilrights/

909 First Avenue, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104-1061
(206) 220-6883 · (206) 220-6882 TTY www.eeoc.gov 

711 South Capitol Way, Suite 402
PO Box 42490
Olympia, WA 98504-2490
(360) 753-6770
1-800-300-7525 TTY

Office for Civil Rights
915 Second Avenue, Room 3310
Seattle, WA 98174-1099
(206) 220-7900 · (206) 220-7907 TTY www.ed.gov/ocr