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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.


    Click here for .PDF of what is prohibited and how an investigation works at PPS.

    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: 

      1. Sexual harassment 
        1. Conditioning access to educational benefits on unwelcome sexual conduct (“quid pro quo”); or
        2. 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.
      2. Sexual assault 
        1. Forcible or nonforcible sex offense under the uniform crime reporting system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; or
        2. 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.
      3. Dating (or domestic) violence
        1. Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with another.
      4. (cyber)Stalking
        1. 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 to Safe Oregon. *Note: tips to Safe Oregon 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.

    Information about Title IX investigations and additional resources for PPS families are available here.

    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.

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