Title IX

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


    Click here to go directly to advocacy/crisis resources

    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.

Support Contacts

  • If you have been the victim of sexual or domestic violence, there are many resources to support your healing & recovery. 

    Please view a "List of Oregon Support & Resources" located under PPS Students/Parents tab on main Title IX site for a comprehensive list of support resources.

    24/7 Emergency or Crisis  

    Raphael House

     (503) 222-6222 

    Call to Safety 

     (503) 235-5333

    (888) 235-5333 

    Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC)

     (503) 640-5311

    Proyecto UNICA

     (503) 232-4448

    YouthLine (Oregon)

     (877) 968-8491
    Teen2Teen to 839863 (text)

    Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis Line

     (503) 988-4888

    (800) 716-9769


    PPS Supports

    PPS District Title IX Director - Liane O'Banion, Ed.D.

    Student Success and Health

    503-916-3025 or lobanion@pps.net

    Raphael House

    Confidential advocacy available on-site at Cleveland & Franklin during the school year

     Counseling services- Student Success and Health

    Mental Health services- Student Success and Health

    Nursing Services - School based health clinics
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    Employee Assistance Program (EAP)