Equity & Compliance

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. Evaluates and investigates complaints of prohibited discrimination and harassment.
  2. Assist in addressing systemic concerns based on a protected class.
  3. Ensures compliance with federal and state affirmative action and equal opportunity laws and regulations.
  4. Ensures compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and its amendments, as well as Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act.
  5. Oversees Title IX, VI, and VII compliance.

Complaints Against Faculty/Staff and Others ›
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Equity in access, design, and accommodation is an essential component of Equity and Compliance.

If you are a faculty/staff member, including student employees, and would like to request an employee accommodation for your workplace, your request will by processed by the Leaves/Accommodations Team in 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:

Instructors Policy and Mandated Obligations

Instructors may find a list of resources for addressing policy and mandated obligations, such as providing accommodations for disabilities, religious practices  and Title IX accommodations.

External Complaints

Filing a complaint of discrimination or harassment does not preclude you from filing a complaint with outside agencies. Complainant’s may determine that they would like an external party to look into a complaint regarding discrimination or discriminatory harassment in employment, including sexual harassment and retaliation. External Complaints complaint may beExternal complaints pertaining to discrimination or discriminatory harassment in employment, including sexual harassment and retaliation, may be made to the

  • Employees and interns may file a complaint with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.  
  • Any PSU community member may file a complaint regarding Title  IX of the Education  Amendment Act of 1972, Title VI (race, national origin or color) or disability may be made to the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
  • Students may file a complaint with the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
  • Employees and students engaged in NASA funded activities, may file  a complaint with NASA.

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 the research community from harassment. 

Title IX

The office of Equity & Compliance (OEC) within Global Diversity & Inclusion is responsible for monitoring Portland State University's Title IX compliance. 

  • Portland State University's Title IX Coordinators are
    • Julie Caron, Title IX Coordinator
    • Mike Walsh, Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Dean of Students
      • 503.725.4422  |  walshme@pdx.edu
      • Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), 825 SW Broadway, Suite 433