Title IX

Title IX

COVID-19 and Title IX Response

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.”

Title IX and PSU address sex/gender/gender idenity/sexual orientation discrimination, in admissions, academics, scholarships, athletics,hiring, promotion or any program or activities of the University.

Oregon State Law

In addition to Title IX Oregon legislature based new laws governing higher education institution response to sexual harassment. Pursuant to Oregon law, Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it has the effect, intended or unintended, of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or it has created an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment and would have such an effect on a reasonable person.”

PSU Prohibited Discrimination and Harassment Policy

This policy encompasses state and federal laws and prohibits sexual harassment and any form of sexual and relationship violence. PSU follows mandated Title IX procedures in addressing sexual harassment as defined by Title IX and conduct  that occurs in PSU’s educational programs and activites and within the United States. A report of sex/gender based discrimination or sexual harassment may be made to PSU’s Title IX Coordinator or to the Office of Equity and Compliance for complaints against employees or to the Dean of Student Life for complaints against students.

In 2016, PSU administered a Campus Climate Survey and the results identified the need for additional prevention efforts, which Illuminate provides on PSU’s campus.  PSU will be administered to students  a new climate survey in the fall of 2020.

Equity & Compliance is responsible for monitoring Portland State University's /Title IX or any gender based compliance. Portland State University's Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator are:

  • Julie Caron: 503.725.4410  |  titleixcoordinator@pdx.edu
  • Yesenia Gutierrez (Deputy): 503.725.4413  |  yesenia.gutierrez.gdi@pdx.edu

Julie and Yesenia are located in the Global Diversity & Inclusion office, RMNC 830.

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.

Pregnancy and Postpartum

Title IX includes protections for students who become pregnant or are postpartum. PSU’s Student Pregnancy and Postpartum Assistance and Accommodation Policy addresses students rights and obligations when they become pregnant or are postpartum. You may contact the Director of Services for Students with Children to obtain assistance with your academics. For more information please review the fact sheet from the National Center for Women Lawyers Title IX FAQ  or The Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights provides information Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnancy and Parenting Students.

Gender Equity in Athletics

Title IX also requires PSU to monitor and address gender equity in athletics. Any questions regarding PSU compliance of Title IX in athletics you may contact either PSU’s Title IX Coordinator or Dana Cappelucci, Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Assistant Director of Athletics at dlc2@pdx.edu or by calling 503-725-5621. 

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.