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)
  • Stalking
  • Bullying (physical and media/electronic)
  • Partner/relationship violence
  • Differential treatment based on pregnancy or parenting status

Other Laws Impacted

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