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Learn more This book provides an overview of the exciting and meaningful opportunities at Seattle University School of Law. You can learn more by visiting our website at Read more student stories and see videos at Also, connect with us through the following: seattleulawadmis

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the right choice There are so many reasons to come to Seattle University School of Law, including the obvious: our outstanding program of legal education. Here are a few more from the students and alumni who made the choice to come here: You will meet amazing students, some who share your values and views – and many who don’t. You will have

professors who are experts in their fields and mentors in the classroom. You will learn to advocate,

to argue, to agree to disagree. You will master writing in our top-ranked Legal Writing

Program. You will appreciate our Jesuit Catholic values of social justice and open inquiry. You will have the chance to represent real clients. You will become part of a supportive

community. You will be prepared for a career. You will live in a great city.

You will be inspired. You will be challenged. You will be changed.

Take it from Annette Clark ‘89, a proud graduate of Seattle University School of Law and our dean. Choosing to attend law school here was the best choice I ever made and changed the direction of my career and life. The more you know about us, the more you’ll know what a special place Seattle University School of Law is.


Professor Tom Antkowiak and students from his International Human Rights Clinic helped free an innocent man who had been held in a Mexican prison for 12 years. Read the story:

Seattle University School of Law is committed to social justice. And when we say that, we really mean it. Just look at this:

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The number of hours contributed by students who took the Pro Bono Pledge, vowing to complete 100 hours of voluntary service during law school

The number of legal requests for services handled by 17 law student interns through the Moderate Means Program, which helps connect people who have pressing civil legal needs with affordable attorneys

The clients I’ve met at the domestic violence clinic taught me a great deal about the legal consequences of violence and how something as simple as a form can impact their safety, whether they have a place to live, and what rights they have to their children. Alex Kain ’15 Volunteer with the King County Bar Association Domestic Violence Family Law Clinic

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The ideals of equal justice permeate the law school, from the curriculum to our centers and institutes and student organizations.


Our students are committed to making a difference. They understand the responsibility that comes with their education and want to be leaders in creating a more just world. Law school students volunteer their time, serving as mentors who helped create Seattle’s first Youth Traffic Court, playing chess after school with underprivileged youth, and teaching citizenship classes at a nearby community center.

Below: Students at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School enjoy chess club run by law students. Right: Matt Link ’13, works with a homeowner at a clinic run by the Foreclosure Mediation and Outreach Clinic.

The number of distressed homeowners who learned about their options through the law school’s Foreclosure Mediation and Outreach Project

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Much of this work begins at our Access to Justice Institute, which encourages all students to work for justice, no matter where their careers take them. ATJI links students with volunteer and pro bono opportunities, connects students with the equal justice community, and educates the law school and wider community about pressing social justice issues.


Investing in social justice The law school provides annual full-tuition Scholars for Justice Awards to two students each year who demonstrate a commitment to working in the public interest. Since the scholarships were first awarded in 2006, all of the scholars have gone into careers working for justice. The law school also offers the full-tuition Native American Law Scholar Award to an enrolled member of a tribe. Learn more: Scholars for Justice Marissa Ordonia and Hannah Zommick, both class of 2014.

We’ll support your commitment during law school and after you graduate. The Public Interest Law Foundation provides grants for students to do summer work in a variety of settings, ranging from legal service agencies including the Northwest Justice Project and Columbia Legal Services to organizations such as the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project and the Disability Law Project. The law school also provides a Loan Repayment Assistance Program, which helps relieve the debt burden of graduates working in public interest jobs.

Diego Rondón Ichikawa ’13 received the Leadership for Justice Fellowship to combat wage theft through a project he developed with the National Employment Law Project.

I’m thrilled to have this opportunity. I wanted to work in public interest law, and I’ll be able to do the work I love. Diego Rondón Ichikawa ’13 2013 Leadership for Justice Fellow


Most diverse law school in the Northwest Seattle University School of Law embraces and seeks diversity in our community, welcoming students, faculty, and staff of different races, ethnicities, religions, ages, disabilities, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, and points of view, knowing this diversity enriches the experience for all.

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90 colleges and universities 5 veterans and 1 active duty military member Average age: 26; students range from 21-61 Representing

Before law school, our students had varying careers. Some served in the Peace Corps, while others worked in the corporate world or for public interest agencies. Learn more: 10

The faculty and staff at this institution are phenomenal at what they do, and I greatly appreciate the level of diversity that exists here, in all its facets. Multiple viewpoints are the fuel that generates innovation and collaboration. Yasmin Christopher ’14


Our excellent academic program At Seattle University School of Law, you have the ability to personalize your legal education with our expert guidance. We will teach you to analyze problems, interpret statutes, construct policy arguments, and to write and speak with clarity and precision. More important, we will help decide which courses and practical experiences will lead you toward your goals. While there are foundational courses all students will take, we strive for innovation, such as offering first-year electives and courses that connect students in classrooms on the East Coast via Skype. You can pursue your legal education through either our Full-Time Program or Part-Time Program, and you can choose to start your studies in the summer. The law school offers a number of joint degrees, in which you can earn your J.D. and master’s degree from Seattle University at the same time. Opportunities for experiential learning – from representing clients through our Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic to externing for a State Supreme Court judge – complement our curriculum. Ten percent of our class is admitted through our acclaimed Access Admission Program, which considers an applicant’s life experience and promise in addition to traditional admission criteria.


Seattle University is a special institution. The staff is more than supportive, and all the faculty have impressive backgrounds and experiences they share with students in the classroom. I feel very prepared and confident to face the world and know that the law school will always be there to support me in my future endeavors. Charisse Arce ’14 Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship

Did you KNow? Our innovative curriculum includes first-year electives, such as International Law and Lawyering for a Just and Humane World, and intensive one-credit courses in areas such as Contract Drafting and Practice Planning and Management.

Our professors are experts in their fields and great teachers. You will learn from former U.S. Supreme Court Clerks, prosecutors, and defense attorneys, as well as renowned legal scholars and theorists. The wealth and breadth of their experience and expertise make the classroom – and the law school as a whole – a place where rigorous study, academic excellence, and collegiality thrive. Our professors are nationally known for their scholarship and sought for their expertise. But they are also committed teachers and mentors who challenge, encourage, and inspire our students throughout their law school careers.

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While my classmates do not always agree on a topic – in fact we disagree quite often – there is always a level of respect shown toward one another and our opinions. Professors make it a point to teach us how civility and uncompromised zealous advocacy are not mutually exclusive concepts. Jonathan Nichols ’14



joint degrees in the following disciplines:

Business Administration Finance International Business Professional Accounting Public Administration Sport Administration and Leadership Criminal Justice Transformational Leadership

The joint degree program has been invaluable in preparing me for a career working within sport organizations. With a variety of law courses that provide a legal framework surrounding employment and labor law, antitrust, contract, intellectual property, and many more, I am eager to explore the many important legal issues within sport law. Kelli Rodriguez Currie ’14 J.D., Master’s in Sport Administration & Leadership

Our Legal Writing Program is the top-ranked program in the country, offering students a cutting-edge, practice-oriented curriculum that prepares them for lawyering. The Legal Writing professors are dedicated teachers and nationally known authors who have high expectations – and know their students can meet them.

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The Legal Writing Collaborative brings real clients and actual legal work into each first-year Legal Writing course. These projects, done jointly with the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, provide exceptional training in practical skills, generate remarkable student satisfaction, and ignite student passion for the practice of law. Watch a video about student experiences:

DID YOU KNOW? A generous donation from The Fred H. and Mary S. Dore Charitable Foundation provides scholarships to the winners and runners-up of the Fredric C. Tausend and James Bond Moot Court Competitions.

If I had to choose the single most valuable experience I had in law school, it would have to be the Legal Writing Program. The small classes, the willingness of the professors to meet one-on-one as much as a student needs, and the quality of in-class instruction are unparalleled. I will be a better advocate because of the tireless help I have received from professors who truly want to help every student succeed. Valerie Balch ’13

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Legal Writing professors share their skills and expertise with judges, magistrates, and attorneys in India, Afghanistan, and Eastern and Southern Africa.


Boost your career with a law degree You don’t have to give up your career to enroll in law school. We offer the state’s only Part-Time Program, geared toward the needs of working professionals. Our program is ranked among the best in the country. Evening courses permit students the flexibility to keep working or take care of their families, while completing law school in three and a half years. And part-time students have all the same opportunities available to them as full-time students. Learn more: Derek Harris ’11, worked at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida as a flight controls engineer launching Boeing Delta II rockets before moving to Seattle to work as a patent agent at Microsoft. He graduated from the law school’s part-time program while working full-time.

The Part-Time Program is filled with many students who are working professionals, starting a second career, or returning to school after raising children. This professional diversity offered an array of perspectives that led to lively classroom discussion. There is something to be said for real-life experience. 18

Tammy White ’10 Prosecuting attorney, Kent, Washington


The number of evening courses offered. Because these courses are popular with all students, a high percentage of courses are offered between 6 and 9:30 p.m.

Will Witherspoon had the rare opportunity to argue before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals while he was a student in the Civil Rights Amicus Clinic and was an extern for Federal District Court Judge Thomas Zilly. Witherspoon completed law school while continuing his work as an engineer at The Boeing Co., which required travel to the Middle East. Read the story:

There were so many people involved in this case, all fighting the fight, doing good. It was really inspiring and gave me something to strive for.

Will Witherspoon ’12

part-time program Kris Zucconi ‘14 had a long career in the military and in sales, and she continues to work while earning her law degree and serving on the Student Bar Association Evening Student Council. She is an account executive for a mechanical contractor and served in the Army for 23 years. While working full-time and still in the Reserves, she earned a B.A. in marketing and in business management. She entered law school after retiring from the Army.

hands-on learning The Youth Advocacy Clinic and Professor Paul Holland successfully argued for clemency for a man who spent 18 years in prison for a minor, nonviolent crime. Read the story: From left: Ryan Pauley ’08, and Associate Dean Paul Holland talk about the clemency case.


Our curriculum is enhanced by the experiential opportunities available, and many students rate their clinical or externship experiences as among the most valuable parts of their education. Our clinical program is ranked in the Top 20 in the country, offering a variety of courses that give students the chance to represent real clients. Recently, clinic students traveled to the United States Supreme Court to hear arguments and meet a client for whom they prepared an amicus brief asking the Court to safeguard antiretaliation protections for employees who report discrimination. Students also helped draft an appeal challenging the constitutionality of an Arizona law that banned a successful Mexican American Studies program in Tucson.


The number of students who completed a clinical experience in 2012-13


The number of students who were placed in a civil, criminal, or international externship

Our robust externship program, with more than 400 job sites across the country and around the world, provides on-the-job experience. Our externs have worked for public defenders’ offices, advocacy agencies, and even sports teams. This experience eases the transition into practicing law, instills professionalism, and increases our students’ awareness of social justice principles. A faculty supervisor and site supervisor guide each extern. Learn more:

Students represent clients with critical needs through clinics in Community Development and Entrepreneurship, Domestic Violence, Immigration Law, International Human Rights, Mediation, Mental Health Court, Not for Profit Organizations, Predatory Lending, Trusts and Estates/Indian Trusts and Estates, and Youth Advocacy.

My externship at MultiCare was amazing. I enjoyed seeing the applicability of law school concepts such as contracts, health law, and civil procedure come to life in my externship projects. Externing for MultiCare helped me be more creative and learn ways to effectively communicate with people in multiple departments. Alisha Trotter ’14 Extern, MultiCare Health Systems 21

Student life Educational, social, professional, and networking activities run throughout the year, led by an active Student Bar Association

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and student organizations. Students organize Diversity Week, Social Justice Week, and a variety of other programs. Many co-curricular opportunities also are available. You can enhance your lawyering and mediation skills by taking part in the Dispute Resolution Board or Moot Court, and you can hone your writing and research skills working on one of four student-edited journals: Seattle University Law Review, the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, the Seattle Journal of Environmental Law, and the American Indian Law Journal.



Student organizations, ranging from the Latino/a Student Association and the Black Law Student Association to the Entertainment and Sports Law Society and the Intellectual Property Law Society

We recognize that being a law student is both demanding and rewarding. It’s important to balance your academic pursuits, co-curricular and student activities, and your life outside of law school. Whether you have a question about exams or how to join a student organization, our Student Affairs staff is there to help.

As a 1L, I co-founded the Business & Entrepreneurship Law Association to help law students interested in exploring all aspects of business law. I introduced the idea to some of my professors and they offered substantive advice, feedback, and agreed to continue being involved. This is just one of many ways this school has supported and encouraged me to pursue my goals. Alinsson A. Mullins ’15 Co-Founder, Business & Entrepreneurship Law Association


See the world At Seattle University School of Law, we prepare lawyers to practice in an increasingly interconnected world. In addition to a rich international and comparative law curriculum, our students can take summer courses through study abroad programs in South Africa and Madrid and complete internships in countries ranging from Cambodia to Costa Rica. Faculty members have a wide range of expertise in areas such as international human rights, international law, and cross-cultural communication. For instance, Professor Ron Slye served two years on the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, and Professor Carmen Gonzalez was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina and a visiting fellow at Cambridge University and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China.

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The number of students who travel the world each year for externships, internships, and study abroad programs, including Michelle Miller ’11 (right), who took in the glory of Cape Town while studying in South Africa

One of the most valuable educational experiences a student can have is to work overseas in a completely different legal culture. It exposes them to something new, and I hope it leads them to see their own life and their own country in a new light.

Professor Ron Slye

Programs in Alaska and D.C. The law school also has summer programs in Alaska and Washington, D.C. The Alaska Program allows students to take a course in Alaska Native and Environmental Law in Anchorage, one of the most beautiful places in the country, and complete internships and externships with judges, agencies, and organizations. The Summer in D.C. program places students in a variety of public, private, and governmental positions and allows them to network with legal professionals in the nation’s capital, while taking a course in Legislative Law and Policy.

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Sergio Garcidueñas Sease ’13, at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica; Vanessa Arno ’13, in Managua, Nicaragua during her internship at the Universidad Centroamericana law clinic


Leaders for change Faculty, students, and alumni are committed to effecting change in their communities and the world. Professors advocate for underserved populations and work to right injustices. Our graduates serve the vital needs of their communities and are leaders in their professions. The Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality advances social justice through targeted advocacy to foster equality and freedom. The National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative works to protect minority voting rights throughout the country and to prevent the implementation of redistricting plans that discriminate against people of color.

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The Center for Indian Law and Policy provides educational and training opportunities that benefit students, tribes, and the community.


Leadership for Justice Fellows have taken on serious societal problems including language access in the courts, protecting disabled inmates, and human rights issues facing rural African women.


I just don’t know where we would be if I didn’t have a background in the law. We had a whole team of people working night and day, and they are all people we found because of my background in the law and ability to network. Janis Puracal ’07 Associate, Bullivant Houser Bailey, who worked for two years to free her wrongfully convicted brother from a Nicaraguan prison

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Professor Lori Bannai was on the legal team in Korematsu v. United States, an action that successfully challenged Mr. Korematsu’s conviction for violating military orders removing Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II. She also testified before Congress in favor of a law that would ban indefinite detention of Americans suspected of terrorism.


A network of alumni We educate lawyers who serve the vital needs of their communities. They are public defenders, prosecutors, judges, lawmakers, and educators. They are pro bono lawyers and managing partners, corporate counsel and entrepreneurs, litigators, and social justice advocates. They practice in non-traditional careers at major corporations including Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, Nordstrom, and Starbucks. Our alumni are changing the face of the legal profession, and they enjoy sharing their experience with students. Above: Kathy Carpenter ’95, Business Development Manager, Microsoft; Opposite page, clockwise from top: Katina Thornock ’01, Director, Corporate Counsel, Starbucks Coffee Company; Craig Sims ’97, City of Seattle Criminal Division Chief; Linda Strout ’79, deputy chief executive officer for the Port of Seattle (retired); Mark Lindquist ’95, Pierce County Prosecutor; Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles Johnson ’76.


Through the law school, I found an internship at Starbucks the summer after my 1L year and stayed on part-time through the school year. I enjoyed the spirit of the company and its mission. I had a unique opportunity to see what practicing law might look like. Katina Thornock ’01 Director, Corporate Counsel, Starbucks Coffee Company

Our enthusiastic staff from the Center for Professional Development offer practical assistance and great connections to the legal community, helping students find their passion and direct their path after graduation. Learn more:

A world-class city Seattle is a legal, business, technological, and cultural hub, home to transnational companies including Boeing, Microsoft, and Amazon. The law school and SU campus are just minutes from the heart of downtown Seattle and many legal, judicial, and governmental offices. The area offers great cultural and outdoor activities, from kayaking on Puget Sound to skiing in the mountains, hearing live music in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, visiting museums and galleries, or walking to a Seahawks or Sounders game.

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Seattle topped the list of most-liked U.S. cities, according to a nationwide survey. If someone complains about the rain in Seattle, surprise them with this interesting fact: Seattle ranks 44th among major U.S. cities in average annual rainfall – less than that of Houston, Chicago, and New York City.

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There are so many opportunities for you to be involved at organizations and agencies just steps from the law school. Here are just a few of the places our students volunteer, serve clients through a clinic course, or complete an internship or externship. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.

ACLU Associated Counsel for the Accused Bailey Gatzert Elementary School Seattle City Hall Family Law CASA of King County Federal Courthouse/U.S. Attorney’s Office Federal Public Defender King County Bar Association King County Courthouse King County Youth Services Center Northwest Harvest Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Northwest Justice Project OneAmerica Unemployment Law Project Yelser Terrace Community Center Washington Attorney General’s Office



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ALUMNI WORLDWIDE Here are just a few of our alumni who are working throughout the world: While most of our graduates choose to stay in the Pacific Northwest, alumni are practicing and working in every state and many foreign countries. We are dedicated to helping you tailor your law school experiences to lead you down your desired career path.


Maria Fernanda Parra ’09 Inter-American Court of Human Rights San Pedro, Costa Rica

Susy Min ’98 Senior Counsel, Goldman Sachs & Co. Hong Kong, China

Rufus Yerxa ’76 Deputy Director, World Trade Organization Geneva, Switzerland

Hector Rojas-Steele ’99 Professor, Ke Da University, and certified fraud examiner Hefei, China

Courtney Erwin ’05 Education Above All Doha, Qatar Bernadette Foley ’86 United Nations Developement Programme Kabul, Afgahanistan Carmen Butler ’06 Ehnix SRI Advisors Stockholm, Sweden

Minako Nakamura ’03 Bloomberg Legal Department Tokyo, Japan Ka-Cheung Li ’79 Attorney, Law Office of K C Li Hong Kong, China

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Employment and Practice Areas 82% • Employed (includes Bar Passage Required, J.D. Advantage, Professional Position, Non-Professional Position, and Undeterminable)

13% • Unemployed (includes Start Date deferred, Non Seeking, and Seeking)

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2% • Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time Graduate employment data for Seattle University School of Law from the American Bar Association.

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We begin accepting applications.


Deadline for applications for the Access Admission Program, Scholars for Justice, and Native American Law Scholar.


Application deadline. FAFSA application for federal aid due.

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Academic Calendar 2013-14 Here’s a look at how our academic year runs: FALL TERM 2013 First Year Orientation............................................. August 22 – 23 Classes begin.....................................................................August 26 Last class day.................................................................December 5 Final exams......................................................... December 10 – 20 Winter Commencement...........................................December 21 SPRING TERM 2014 Classes begin....................................................................January 13 Spring Break............................................................... March 17 – 21 Last class day............................................................................ May 1 Final exams....................................................................... May 6 – 16 Spring Commencement....................................................... May 17

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Admission criteria Admission is highly selective. We evaluate three primary factors: Your performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), your undergraduate academic record, and your personal accomplishments. At least two evaluators review each application. Your statistical profile carries great weight, but we also consider exceptional professional achievements, community service, and/or evidence of particular talents or backgrounds that will contribute specially and significantly to the law school community. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and register with the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

Seattle University embraces a wholly nondiscriminatory admission policy and philosophy. We welcome applications from all persons without regard to age, gender, race, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual or political orientation, or disability.

Financing The decision to attend law school is an important investment in your future. In order to help you as much as we can, we offer a variety of financial aid programs. While students are expected to contribute to their legal education to the best of their ability, nearly 90 percent qualify for some financial aid through one or more programs. You may be eligible for scholarships, government student loans, alternative loans, or work study. We will send you detailed information when you apply.

Tuition and fees Tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is $40,410 for 30 credits ($1,347 per credit). Other non-tuition costs (books, room and board, transportation, and other living expenses) average about $21,200 per nine-month academic year. Fees: There is a $60 application fee. A $250 nonrefundable deposit is applied to your first semester’s tuition and ensures you a place in the entering class. A second $150 nonrefundable deposit is due by July 1 for admitted students starting fall term.

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Seattle University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in the administration of any of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered policies and programs, or in its employment related policies and practices. All university policies, practices and procedures are administered in a manner consistent with Seattle University’s Catholic and Jesuit identity and character. Inquiries relating to these policies may be referred to the university’s Assistant Vice President for Human Resources and Equal Opportunity Officer. Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, Seattle University has designated three individuals responsible for coordinating the university’s Title IX compliance. Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity may contact any one of the following Title IX coordinators: Gerald Huffman, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, University Services Building 107, 206-296-5869,; Dr. Michele Murray, Associate Vice President of Student Development, Student Center 140B, 206-296-6066,; Dr. Jacquelyn Miller, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Administration 104, 206-296-5446,; individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

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