Equity & Compliance

Access, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity

No Bias  |  No Hate  |  No Discrimination  |  No Harassment

We commit to equity as a foundation of PSU’s excellence. We define equity as ensuring everyone has access to opportunities necessary to satisfy essential needs, advance their well-being, and achieve their full potential. Our aim is to address the roots of inequities, including but not limited to racism, homophobia, sexism, ableism, classism, and the intersections of these inequities (Let Knowledge Serve the City: Strategic Plan 2016-2020).

In particular, discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, disability, national origin, race, color, marital status, veteran status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information or in the use of Worker's Compensation, Federal Family Medical Leave Act, or the Oregon Medical Leave Act is strictly prohibited by PSU Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment Policy and is unlawful.

Equity & Compliance:

  1. Investigates complaints of prohibited discrimination and harassment.
  2. Ensures compliance with federal and state affirmative action and equal opportunity laws and regulations.
  3. Ensures compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and its amendments, as well as Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act.
  4. Oversees Title IX compliance.

Complaints Against Faculty/Staff and Others ›
Complaints Against Students 


Equity in access, design, and accommodation is an essential component of Equity and Compliance.

If you are a faculty/staff member, including student employees, requesting an employee accommodation for your workplace, your request will by processed by Human Resources. For more information on employee accommodations, please contact Leaves/Accommodations Team at leaves@pdx.edu.

If you are a student requesting accommodations in your academics, including field placements/internships, your request will be processed by the Disability Resource Center. For more information, please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at 503-725-4150.

Portland State University's ADA and 504 Coordinator is Julie Caron, 503-725-4413 or jucaron@pdx.edu.

Policy & Procedure

There are a variety of policies and procedures that provide the foundation for an environment at PSU that is open, inclusive, and committed to access, diversity, and equity:

Title IX

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, titleixcoordinator@pdx.edu. PSU's Title IX Deputy Coordinator is Yesenia Gutierrez (503.725.4413, yesenia.gutierrez.gdi@pdx.edu). Julie and Yesenia are located in the Global Diversity & Inclusion office, RMNC 830.

Visit our Title IX webpage for more information.

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity (AA/EEO)

AA/EEO is the primary federal compliance regulation that helps address representational diversity: it helps us all use real action, "elbow grease", in building a diverse pool of candidates for any and all employment opportunities. How we assess that "elbow grease" -- the effort and concrete action is through the Affirmative Action Plan.

The Affirmative Action Plan, including individuals with disabilities and veterans, is available for inspection by any employee or applicant upon request during normal business hours for Equity & Compliance.

External Complaints

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.

Information regarding NASA-funded nondiscriminatory policies, and how to make a complaint with NASA, can be found in the NASA MissionSTEM brochure.