What is Title IX?
About Title IX: Freedom from Discrimination
OHSU is committed to sustaining an environment that is respectful of others. It is vital to the mission of OHSU that every member of the community be free of discrimination, including sexual harassment and assault.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in employment, as well as in all education programs and activities operated by OHSU (both on and off campus). Title IX states:
“No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Equal Access to Education and Employment
Title IX says that all students, employees and faculty have an equal right to education and employment at OHSU regardless of their sex. Title IX applies to all members of the OHSU community, including faculty, staff, students, volunteers, visitors, guests and patients and prohibits behavior such as:
- Sexual violence and misconduct
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual exploitation
- Having different standards or outcomes based on gender (discrimination)
- Bullying (physical and media/electronic)
- Partner/relationship violence
- Differential treatment based on pregnancy or parenting status
Other Laws Impacted
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as Amended which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex
- Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 which prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding:
- Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence, U. S. Dept. of Education, Office for Civil Rights (April 2014)
- Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault (April 2014)
- "Dear Colleague" letter, U. S. Dept. of Education, Office for Civil Rights (April 2011)
- Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, U. S. Dept. of Education, Office for Civil Rights (June 2013)
- Jeanne Clery Act which requires educational institutions to conduct an annual security report and make ongoing disclosures (emergency notifications, timely warnings, and public crime log). Learn more about the Clery Act.
- Campus SaVE Act, as part of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act which includes domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Learn more about the Campus SaVE Act.
For more information specific to OHSU, visit the web pages on Resources or Policies.