PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Modify nondiscrimination language and repeal redundant sections.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 28B.10.528 and 28B.35.120(12).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Equal opportunity/affirmative action rules are necessary to comply with federal and state law. Changes will be proposed that would modify the nondiscrimination statement to include protection for individuals based on their gender identity and expression - a protection not provided under state or federal law. Redundant sections would be eliminated and access streamlined to the university's internal equal opportunity grievance procedures.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Judy B. Miller, President's Office, 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501, (509) 963-2156, fax (509) 963-3206.
July 30, 2004
Jerilyn S. McIntyre