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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.
This Printable Resource List outlines the support resources and reporting options on this site.
- You are on PSU’s Sexual Misconduct Options Website, which is a centralized source for all PSU services, policies and reporting options. This includes PSU’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment, as well as the Student Code of Conduct.
- Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force Campus Reporting Options Website is a non-PSU site outlining Title IX rights and reporting options.
Campus Confidential Services & Resources:
The following resources do not require students to make a report. Visit the Privacy & Confidentiality page for full details on the limits of confidentiality.
- The Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC): 1880 SW 6th Ave, (503) 725-2800
- Student Legal Services: 1825 SW Broadway, (SMSU) M343, (503) 725-4556
- IPV Advocates in the Women’s Resource Center (503-725-5672) or Queer Resource Center (503-725-9742)
- IPV Advocates can help by:
- Making a safety plan to ensure a student’s ability to safely attend classes, work on campus and participate in campus life.
- Helping students change academic and on-campus living situations as needed.
- Connecting students to the Financial Aid or Registrars office to assist with making arrangements for your tuition or financial aid.
- Going over all reporting options and supporting students with whatever choice the students makes.
- Connecting students to on and off-campus resources such as counseling, medical or legal services.
SHAC provides confidential counseling and medical care to registered PSU students, including trauma-informed sexual assault nurse services and forensic evidence collection. This means that any information you share with a SHAC employee will not be disclosed to outside parties without your written consent, except in very limited expectations as required by law.
The exceptions to confidentiality may include: (1) if the student seeking services indicates an intent to harm oneself or others; (2) if the student reveals abuse or neglect of a child, including oneself if the student is under the age of 18, or of an elderly or disabled adult; (3) if a court of law orders disclosure of information about your treatment; (4) if you initiate legal proceedings regarding your mental health treatment, or use mental health as a defense in a criminal or civil action; (5) if you are diagnosed with a reportable disease as required by the State Health Department; or (6) if you are at risk of operating a motor vehicle. Confidentiality in these cases will be limited as required by law.
Students may be eligible for a Protective Order or other legal remedy. Student Legal Services provides confidential legal advice, advocacy and representation on a wide range of issues for eligible students (SLS cannot provide assistance in student vs. student or student vs. employee/university cases, but will provide referrals).
Interpersonal Violence Advocates are now confidential. Student’s disclosures to IPV Advocate will not trigger a PSU investigation into an incident without the student's written consent, except in very limited exceptions as required by law.
The exceptions to confidentiality for an IPV Advocate include: (1) if the student seeking services indicates an intent to harm others; (2) if the student who discloses interpersonal violence is under the age of 18; (3) if the student reveals abuse or neglect of a child; or (4) if a court of law orders disclosure of information. Confidentiality in these cases will be limited to the extent the law requires.
Students' Rights Under Title IX & the Clery Act:
You are legally entitled to expect the following from Portland State University:
- The University will help to ensure that the person who experience sexual violence is safe, even while the investigation is ongoing. The University will take interim measures as needed.
- The University will respond promptly and effectively to reports of sexual violence.
- If the University knows (or should reasonably know) about possible sexual violence, it will promptly conduct a neutral investigation to determine what occurred and then take appropriate steps to resolve the situation.
- The person who experienced sexual violence will be informed of their options to notify law enforcement. Of course, even if there is a criminal investigation, the University will continue its efforts to resolve reports promptly and effectively.
- Complainant and Respondent will have timely access to information that will be used in a student conduct hearing
- Complainant and Respondent will both have the opportunity to have others present (an advocate, advisor, or attorney), present evidence, and have witnesses speak during university disciplinary proceedings.
- Both parties will be informed in writing of the outcome of any university disciplinary proceeding.
- Both parties have equal rights to appeal the decision.
Off-Campus Confidential Community Resources:
- Portland Women’s Crisis Line (P.W.C.L.): 503-235-5333
- All Clergy are confidential.
Sexual assault advocates are available 24 hours to assist students and help them access community resources. This service is available for individuals regardless of whether they choose to take legal action or not. PWCL can also help link students in domestic violence situations with the appropriate referrals including emergency shelter and support groups.
PWCL maintains an extensive listing of community resources.
- Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project: 800-832-1901
- Sexual Minority Youth Recreation Center: 503-872-9664
- The Survivor Project: 503-288-3191
National domestic violence hotline for gay men, located in Boston, MA. Crisis line offers emotional support, safety planning, crisis counseling, referrals and emergency housing.
Drop in center for queer and trans youth age 23 and under.
Advocating for intersex and transgender survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Call an Advocate at 503-725-5672 with any questions or concerns.
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Questions about confidentiality? Please see our Confidentiality & Privacy webpage.