Read newly released version of Problematic sexual behavior in schools: How to spot it and what to do about it (2nd ed.) (Wilson-Kenney, 2020) chapter on Title IX written by PPS's own Mary Kane (Senior Legal Counsel) and Dr. Liane O'Banion, Title IX Director. Click here for pdf of book chapter.
Not sure who can help? Each PPS school has a School Compliance Officer (SCO). The SCO is the building point of contract to: 1) receive all school-based reports of bullying, harassment & discrimination; 2) conduct safety planning for impacted student(s); 3) act as main point of contact for Title IX reports, investigations & associated interventions; and 4) ensures all incidents are cross-reported to DHS, Title IX etc as needed and appropriate.
Use tabs at bottom of spreadsheet to find your school. You may always report using the PPS Title IX report button and info will be forwarded onto the identified staff member.
If you are in imminent danger, have recently been harmed and/or are in need of medical attention, call 911 immediately.
FIND A SAFE PLACE -- CONTACT A TRUSTED ADULT -- CALL AN ADVOCATE OR CRISIS SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL
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 Report to PPS link provides more information about confidentiality, reporting and investigation procedures.
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.
For comprehensive resources, please select from the following:
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.
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 list of general advocacy resources or for resources for male survivors complied & maintained by PPS Title IX Office.
24/7 Emergency or Crisis
Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC)
Teen2Teen to 839863 (text)
PPS Support Services: Student Success & Health (Rice School)
Title IX Director
School Counseling Program
In-School Community-Based Supports
Mobile Confidential advocacy available during COVID.
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