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Office of Equity & Compliance

PSU's faculty, staff, and students are responsible for maintaining an environment for work and study free from discrimination and harassment.

The Office of Equity & Compliance

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. The Office of Equity & Compliance:

  1. Investigates complaints of prohibited discrimination and harassment.
  2. Ensures compliance with federal and state equal opportunity laws and regulations.

Complaints Against Faculty/Staff and Others. The Office of Equity & Compliance conducts prompt and thorough investigations involving allegations of discrimination and harassment. Complaints against faculty staff, a volunteer, or a PSU community member may be reported to the Office of Equity & Compliance by completing and submitting an online complaint form. This flow chart will provide an overview of the investigative process for prohibited discrimination and harassment complaints.

To file a complaint against Faculty, Staff, or Student Employees of prohibited discrimination click here.

If you need assistance, or an accommodation, to complete this form, please contact the Office of Equity & Compliance by phone at: (503) 725-5919.

Complaints Against Students. The Office of the Dean of Student Life administers the University’s Student Code of Conduct, which describes and provides a process for addressing inappropriate student behavior, including discrimination and harassment. Complaints regarding a student’s conduct may be reported to the Office of the Dean of Student Life by completing and submitting a Student Conduct Complaint Form.

Request for Reasonable Accomodations:

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

Portland State University's 504 Coordinator is Julie Caron, 503-725-4413 or

Policy & Procedure Links:

Title IX

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 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 Plan

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