Applicable Federal and State Laws, Regulations, and Agencies


  • Department of Education
    The U.S. Department of Education provides an overview of Title IX and implementing regulations.
  • Office for Civil Rights 
    The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) ensures equal access to education by enforcing laws and regulations, like Title IX.
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
    Prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, which has been interpreted to include gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
    Prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.
  • The Equal Pay Act of 1963
    Text of the Equal Pay Act, which is part of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended, and prohibits sex-based wage discrimination.
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act 1978
    Amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
    Prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities.
  • Crime Awareness and Security Act of 1990
    Referred to as The Clery Act, requires colleges and universities that receive federal funding to disseminate a public annual security report. More information on UO Clery reports.
  • Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act of 2013 (Campus SaVE Act)
    Expanded the Clery Act and requires institutions to include education programs on sexual violence prevention in annual security reports.
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
    Beginning with the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and most recently reauthorized in 2013, VAWA encompasses a series of laws that afford greater protections to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
    The Act governs the maintenance and release of information from student records.

State (Oregon)

  • Civil Rights Division of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI)
    Enforces Oregon’s civil rights laws, including local ordinances prohibiting discrimination.
  • SB 759 - Campus Sexual Assault
    Requires universities and colleges to adopt written protocols for victims of sexual assault and became effective during the 2016-17 academic year.
  • HB 3476 - Confidentiality Protection for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Survivors
    Requires confidentiality and provides a statutory privilege for communications between survivors and victims’ advocates at non-profit community based or campus-based programs.
  • OAR 580-015 Discrimination
    Prohibits discrimination in all higher education programs, services and interschool activities and sets forth the student discrimination complaint process.
  • OAR 137-084 Sexual Assault Victims’ Emergency Medical Response Fund
    Ensures that medical assessments are available to every sexual assault victim in the state, regardless of ability to pay.
  • Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force (SATF)
    A group of multidisciplinary responders dedicated to making Oregon a safe and thriving community by facilitating cross-discipline collaboration and cultivating victim-centered approaches to sexual assault primary prevention, victim advocacy, medical forensic care, criminal prosecution and sex offender management and treatment.