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Voicing Concerns

How do I voice a concern in the Department of Dance? 

How do I voice a concern about a course I am enrolled in or something that happened outside of class, including a microaggression you may have experienced or witnessed? 

  1. If you feel comfortable, contact your professor. 
    If you schedule a time to meet with the professor, feel free to bring someone with you as support. 
  2. If you are uncomfortable with contacting your professor, or you spoke to them but you desire further action, make an appointment with the chair of the department, Christina Sunardi.
    The chair will discuss with you what might be the best course of action. 
    The chair will speak with the professor unless you do not want them to. Then the chair will report back to you. If you schedule a time to meet with the chair, feel free to bring someone with you as support. 
  3. If you are not comfortable with either of these options, contact a representative from either student group: The Arts Diversity Council, or the Dance Student Association. They will take the complaint to the chair and be a liaison for you. 


Course Evaluations:

In student course evaluations conducted through the University of Washington Instructional Assessment System (IASystem) at the end of each quarter, there are two components: 

  1. A section in which students give the instructor numerical scores for various aspects of their teaching.
  2. A section in which students can write in comments.  

While the Department of Dance Chair reviews the score portion, the Chair does not necessarily see the student comments. While the Chair can access the score portion through the IASystem, the Chair can only see the student comments if the instructor shares the comments with the Chair. If students have a concern that they would like to communicate to the Chair, students should follow the process outlined above. 

University Resources for Voicing Concerns

Facilitated conversations:

The Ombud serves the entire University of Washington community by providing a collaborative and confidential environment to discuss your situation, consider options, and develop a plan for the future

Reporting System for Incidences of Bias:

If you encounter or suspect incidents of bias, you are encouraged to file a report, which will be reviewed by the UW’s Bias Incident Advisory Committee. Whenever possible, bias reports will be reviewed within two to four business days.

Formal complaints regarding discrimination and retaliation:

The University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO) investigates complaints that a University employee has violated the University’s non-discrimination and/or non-retaliation policies.

Reporting Sexual Assault/Misconduct:

This website provides victims of sexual violence with important online resources that reflect the UW’s commitment to preventing and responding to sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, relationship violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Here you will find ways to get confidential support, how to address safety concerns, where to receive medical care and counseling, and information on reporting sexual assault.