About Privacy at WSU

The WSU privacy obligations involve safeguarding sensitive information, ensuring compliance with privacy regulations, and promoting a culture of data protection. Key responsibilities for WSU privacy officers and for individuals who manage privacy across the system include:

  • Policy Development and Implementation:
    • Develop and implement privacy policies and procedures for handling personal and sensitive information.
    • Ensure that these policies align with relevant privacy laws and regulations.
  • Compliance Oversight:
    • Monitor and ensure compliance with local, national, and international privacy laws (such as GDPR, HIPAA, etc.).
    • Conduct privacy assessments to identify and address potential risks.
  • Education and Training:
    • Provide training to university staff, faculty, and students on privacy policies and best practices for handling sensitive information.
    • Raise awareness about the importance of data security.
  • Incident Response and Investigation:
    • Respond to and investigate privacy breaches or incidents promptly.
    • Take appropriate measure to mitigate the impact of breaches and prevent future occurrences.
  • Collaboration:
    • Work with all departments to incorporate privacy considerations into the development of new systems, applications, and processes.
  • Communication and Reporting:
    • Communicate regularly with university stakeholders about privacy-related matters.
    • Prepare and submit incident reports as required by relevant regulations.
  • Continuous Improvement:
    • Stay informed about changes in privacy laws and best practices.
    • Continuously assess and improve the university’s privacy program.

By fulfilling these duties, Compliance and Civil Rights plays a crucial role in upholding the confidentiality and integrity of personal information within the WSU community while ensuring compliance with applicable privacy regulations.


Please report any incident immediately to:

Contact Information

WSU System Privacy Officer, Sally Makamson at (509) 335-8864,
WSU Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Michael Walters at (509) 335-1642,
Chief Compliance and Risk Officer, Sharyl Kammerzell at (509) 335-5524

Learn more about incident management and breach notification in BPPM 87.55.

Policies and Procedures

Chapter 87 and 88 in the WSU BPPM: