COVID-19 and Title IX Response
Portland State University is committed to supporting students’ safe access to their education. Sexual assault, sexual/gender-based harassment, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking are all prohibited at PSU. Students have many options for accessing support, both on and off campus.
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 states:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Title IX also includes protections for students who become pregnant or are postpartum. PSU’s Student Pregnancy and Postpartum Assistance and Accommodation Policy addresses students rights and obligations when they become pregnant or are postpartum. You may contact the Director of Services for Students with Children to obtain assistance with your academics. For more information please review the fact sheet from the National Center for Women Lawyers Title IX FAQ or The Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights provides information Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnancy and Parenting Students.
Global Diversity & Inclusion's Equity & Compliance is responsible for monitoring Portland State University's Title IX compliance. Portland State University's Title IX Coordinator is Julie Caron, 503.725.4410, firstname.lastname@example.org. PSU's Title IX Deputy Coordinator is Yesenia Gutierrez (503.725.4413, email@example.com). Julie and Yesenia are located in the Global Diversity & Inclusion office, RMNC 830.
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For students, please visit PSU’s Sexual Misconduct Options website, which is a centralized source for all PSU services, policies and reporting options.
For question regarding Title IX, please contact PSU’s Title IX Coordinator or contact the Federal Department of Education, including questions about filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Western Region’s office at 206-607-1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also file a complaint with the OCR for discrimination based on a protected class, including but not limited to age, disability race and national origin that does pertain to employment.
External complaints pertaining to discrimination or discriminatory harassment in employment, including sexual harassment and retaliation, may be made to the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.
An external complaint may also be made to the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
File a complaint with the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Students may file a written complaint to the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission of prohibited discrimination, including sexual harassment or retaliation in post-secondary education programs that receive direct appropriations from the Oregon Legislative Assembly.
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The National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) do not tolerate discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment. NIH has provided frequently asked questions pertaining to complaints of harassment and NSF announced new measures to protect research community from harassment.