On July 20, 2021, the Office of Civil Rights published a Q&A on Title IX regulations specific to sexual harassment in schools. This guidance addresses outstanding questions from the previous administration, which were published in August 2020 and represented a major revision to existing policy and practice.
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What is Title IX?
The health and safety of the school community is of paramount importance to PPS. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities. Title IX works together with state and district policy to ensure all PPS students are safe at school by reducing barriers and protecting students from environments that interfere with safely accessing educational programs or activities. Also prohibited are behaviors or incidents that create an intimidating, offensive or hostile educational climate for another PPS student.
PPS will investigate all reports. You may report anonymously, however, anonymous reports are difficult to investigate & respond to. We cannot institute safety (or supportive) measures if we do not know the identity of the person harmed/impacted.
THE FOLLOWING ARE PROHIBITED...
Click here for new Title IX administrative directive (Sept. 2020) which reflects new Title IX rules enacted August 14, 2020.
Under Title IX, all of the following are considered forms of sexual harassment:
- Sexual harassment
- Conditioning access to educational benefits on unwelcome sexual conduct (“quid pro quo”); or
- Engaging in unwelcome conduct that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a student equal access to a school’s education program or activity.
- Sexual assault
- Forcible or nonforcible sex offense under the uniform crime reporting system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; or
- Unwelcome sexual conduct that occurs without consent or when under the influence of drugs/alcohol, while unconscious or elicited using physical force, coercion, or explicit or implied threats.
- Dating (or domestic) violence
- Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with another.
- A pattern of behavior intended to cause fear or intimidation
Discrimination based on pregnancy or parenting status: discrimination or unequal access to educational programs or opportunities based on pregnancy or parenting status
Gender inequity in athletics or education programs: unequal access based on sex to athletics, co-curricular or educational programs; inequitable access to facilities, participation, scholarships or other educational benefits.
Discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity: under Oregon law, discrimination includes “any act that unreasonably differentiates treatment, intended or unintended, or any act that is fair in form but discriminatory in operation, either of which is based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age or disability.” Oregon law broadly defines, “sexual orientation” as an individual’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality or gender identity, regardless of whether the individual’s gender identity, appearance, expression or behavior differs from that traditionally associated with the individual’s sex at birth."
Reports or concerns regarding any member of the PPS community (students, staff, etc.) can be sent directly using PPS Report a Title IX Concern or Safe Oregon. *Note: 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.
34 CFR Part 106.45(b)(10) of the 2020 Title IX Regulations requires the public sharing of materials used to train Title IX Coordinators. Please see the "Title IX Resources & Reading Room" tab at the bottom of the Student/Family page for specifics.
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PPS Board Polices related to Title IX
Board Policies and Administrative Directives Defined
Policies (P): A district rule or guideline, either new or revised, that has been passed by a Board vote.
Administrative Directives (AD): The procedural plan, created by the Superintendent and his staff, to implement a Board policy.
PPS Title IX Team Contacts
24/7 Emergency or Crisis Resources
If you have been the victim of sexual, dating or domestic violence, there are many resources to support your healing & recovery.
Click here for a printable, comprehensive list of advocacy resources (compiled & maintained by PPS Title IX Office) or use the following:
Trevor Project (LGBTQIA+ youth)
Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC)
(503) 988-4888 or
Other Student Success & Health Contacts:
Title IX Director
(503) 568-2646 (call/text)
School Counseling Program
In-School Community-Based Supports
Mobile/remote CONFIDENTIAL ADVOCACY is available.
Delivers quality, affordable, cost-effective health care to young people and function like a doctor's office located on school grounds.
Any youth in grades K-12 who live or go to school in Multnomah County can visit a school-based clinic. Click here to locate a clinic and find office hours.
Health Partnerships for mental and physical health and wellness, located in PPS schools