Title IX - Resources for Students and Parents

  • Portland Public Schools is dedicated to ensuring that all complaints of gender discrimination are investigated thoroughly. The health and safety of the school community is of paramount importance to us and so if you have been a victim of or know of an incident of discrimination or harassment, please contact Dr. Liane O'Banion, the District’s Title IX Director immediately at 503.568.2646, lobanion@pps.net or report to PPS or Safe Oregon. 

    If you are in imminent danger, have recently been assaulted and/or are in need of medical attention, please call 911. 

    SURVIVOR RESOURCES: Click here for an updated, printable list of advocacy, support & crisis resources 

    MALE SURVIVORS: Sexual assault can happen to anyone, no matter your age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Men and boys who have been sexually assaulted or abused may have many of the same feelings and reactions as other survivors of sexual assault, but they may also face some additional challenges because of social attitudes and stereotypes about men and masculinity.  Click here for resources for male survivors 

     

    FIND A SAFE PLACE -- CONTACT A TRUSTED ADULT -- CALL AN ADVOCATE OR TRUSTED ADULT -- REPORT

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    Monthly Topics... back in September!

    Every month we choose a new Title IX-related topic that is timely or impacting teens or kids at school.  This month, given the continuing and extended school closure, we will focus broadly on safety online and related topics.

     

    Online Safety & Digital Citizenship

    Helpful online safety and communication tips for students - hang this 2-page flyer on your computer as a helpful reminder!

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    'I ASK' - a video about electronic consent

    Use the dropdown menu below for 'Previously Posted Monthly Focus Topics' for info @ all relevant topics!


    What is Title IX?

    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (TIX) is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in all education programs and activities. Title IX keeps kids safe and in school by reducing barriers and protecting students from an environment that interferes with educational programs or activities or that creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile educational climate. PPS is dedicated to ensuring that all complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence are investigated thoroughly.

    Title IX applies to all PPS students, staff and third-parties regardless of holiday, extended school closure or modification of the educational environment such as online learning, chat rooms, social media, etc. 

    What Does Title IX Prohibit?

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    For a deeper dive into the ways sexual harassment and violence impact the educational environment, check out Stop Sexual Assault in Schools (SSAIS) 2-part video series, which helps K-12 kids understand the law, what it requires schools to do and why Title IX is so essential in protecting an individual's civil rights.

    The videos and discussion guide can be utilized by teachers, parents or other educators.  

     

     How Do I Report?

    1. Click here to report to PPS: report goes directly to PPS Title IX Director who will consult w/school administrator and act immediately.

    2. Click here to report to Safe Oregon: tip line cross reports to DHS, Portland Police and PPS as necessary.

    3. Click here to report to the Oregon Dept. of Education

     

    What Happens Next?

    The priority of Title IX policy and response is student safety. Once you let PPS know what happened, we will take immediate steps to ensure both parties (if applicable) are safe and protected from further harm. This may include a request that the parties cease communication and/or the implementation of immediate interim safety measures in your school building. Depending on the severity and type of discrimination alleged, a school-based investigation may begin. If the report contains information that may include a crime, the school administrator may consult with police or the School Resource Officer (SRO) to determine whether a police response is warranted. These steps are coordinated in collaboration with the reporting party (complainant) and their parent(s)/guardian(s).

    You do not have to go through this alone. If you experienced harm or trauma, please make sure to reach out to advocacy, support or community resources such as those listed below - 24/7 hotline and emergency contacts are listed on the right-hand side toward the top of this page. It is important to address your emotional and/or physical needs first; once you are safe, you can alert the district or Safe Oregon about what occurred. Confidential (and mobile) advocacy are offered through a PPS-partnership with Raphael House and VOA Homefree. Click here for more on the role of confidential advocates.

    Click here for more on what you can expect from PPS in a Title IX investigation

    Is there more to Title IX than Investigations?

    YES!  Title IX, when done well, covers everything from sexual violence prevention to education and awareness building and safety plans. The following diagram illustrates some of the overlapping goals in a comprehensive Title IX framework.  The individual accused of harming another person starts in the blue circle; the individual who was harmed starts in the pink circle. As you can see, there is a lot of overlap!

    Click here for PDF of Venn diagram.

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     Resources for survivors, parents and PPS students organized by theme:

  • Confidential Advocates Available for PPS Students During COVID!

  • PPS Title IX in the News!

  • SIRC - Information for Parents

  • Oregon Advocacy, Support & Crisis Resources (printable list)

  • Previously Posted Monthly Focus Topics

  • Title IX: Sexual & Dating Violence, Consent & Healthy Relationships

  • Title IX: Bullying/Harassment Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender-Identity

  • Title IX: Pregnancy & Parenting Rights

  • Title IX: Protecting Kids (Child Sexual Abuse & Educator Sexual Misconduct)

  • Title IX: PPS Student Conduct & Discipline

  • Title IX: Equity in Athletics

  • Title IX Resources & Reading Room

  • SAFE (or SANE) Exams in Oregon (Rape Kit)

  • Parents: Raising Your "Digital Native" to be Safe Online

  • Parents: Supporting Your Child or Teen

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