Title IX

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    Portland Public Schools is dedicated to ensuring that all allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault are investigated thoroughly. The health and safety of the school community is of paramount importance to us; if you have been harmed or know of an incident of discrimination or harassment at school, please contact Dr. Liane O'Banion, the District’s Title IX Director, immediately at 503-916-3025, lobanion@pps.net or submit a concern here.

    What is Title IX?

    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, is a Federal civil rights law. Title IX, which many people are aware of because of its early emphasis on safeguarding equity in sports, also prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in any and all education programs and activities. Title IX keeps kids safe by reducing barriers to education, including prevention and response to all forms of gender-based discrimination.  

    Forms of gender-based discrimination under Title IX:

    • Sexual misconduct (groping; touching)
    • Sexual harassment (unwelcome, persistent or severe behaviors)
    • Bullying based on perceived gender-identity or sexual orientation
    • Transmission of sexual images as a means of threat, coercion or intimidation and/or cyberbullying
    • Pregnancy or parenting status
    • Stalking
    • All forms of sexual/dating violence

    View this 2-part video series created by Stop Sexual Assault in Schools (SSAIS), which is geared toward helping kids and parents understand what Title IX is and why it's so important that K-12 schools promptly address gender-based discrimination in schools.

    Sexual Harassment - Not in Our School! Part 1  

    Sexual Harassment - Not in Our School! Part 2

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

    Reports or concerns regarding any member of the PPS community (students, staff, etc.) can be sent directly to the PPS Title IX Director or Click Here to Report to Safe Oregon. *Note: all complaints made to the Safe Oregon tip line are cross reported to DHS, Portland Police and Portland Public Schools as necessary.

    You may also submit a complaint to the Oregon Department of Education.

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