The United States Department of Education federal regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, establish a definition of "sexual harassment" that includes all of the prohibited conduct listed under WAC 478-121-605
(Department of Education federal regulations prohibited conduct or EDFR prohibited conduct). The conduct listed under WAC 478-121-605
is prohibited conduct under this code and is subject to the procedures set forth under Part VII of this code if, and only if:
(1) The EDFR prohibited conduct occurs in a university education program or activity; and
(2) The EDFR prohibited conduct is against a person in the United States.
EDFR prohibited conduct that does not meet both of these requirements or is reported by a person who is not eligible to file a formal complaint under WAC 478-121-625
is subject to Parts II through V of this code.
For the purposes of Part VII of this code, "education program or activity" includes locations, events, or circumstances over which the university exercised substantial control over both the respondent and the context in which the EDFR prohibited conduct occurred and also includes any building owned or controlled by a recognized student organization. Part VII only applies to formal complaints made on or after August 14, 2020, and only when 34 C.F.R. Part 106 is deemed enforceable by law and/or by United States courts.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130
and 34 C.F.R. Part 106. WSR 21-07-047, § 478-121-600, filed 3/11/21, effective 4/11/21.]