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Non-Discrimination Policy

Grievance Procedures in Cases of Alleged Discrimination and Harassment

The Institute of World Politics does not discriminate in its programs and activities on bases prohibited by federal or DC law. These bases are: race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, political affiliation, or source of income.

The person designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies is the Vice President of Student Affairs, who may be contacted at 202-462-2101 or

When a student believes that his rights have been denied by reason of discrimination, he may file a formal written grievance with the Office of Student Affairs. The grievance statement should be as specific as possible and include the action(s) that precipitated the grievance-e.g. the date, place, and people involved; the efforts made to settle the matter informally; and the remedy sought.

The Vice President of Student Affairs will investigate the matters expressed in the written grievance, and may forward a copy to the person whose actions are the subject of the grievance. The Vice President of Student Affairs may also interview witnesses, meet with the parties that are the subject of the grievance, and make other appropriate independent inquiries. The Vice President of Student Affairs will submit the results of his investigation to the Appeals Committee. No more than thirty days after receiving this submission, the Appeals Committee will make a decision as to the appropriate resolution of the situation. Copies of the decision will be sent to the student, the Director of Student Affairs, the person whose actions are the subject of the grievance, and the Academic Dean.

The Institute will follow similar procedures in cases of sexual harassment and other complaints of mistreatment against enrolled students by faculty, staff, or other students.

Non-Discrimination Policy Inquiries

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies at IWP:

Jason Johnsrud
Vice President for Student Affairs
(202) 462-2101

For further information on federal non-discrimination policies, visit the U.S. Department of Education website.   For the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.