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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 requesting an accommodation your request will by processed by Human Resources. For any questions please contact Karen Kraus at (503) 725-9686 or via email at

If you are a student, 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

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

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.”

The Office of 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, PSU's Title IX Deputy Coordinator is Lisa Miller, for athletics: 503-725-5663,

Faculty and staff resource information is available on PSU’s Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Webpage.

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 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.

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.