University policies related to gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment and sexual violence may be found on the university website at the links below.
When resolving a complaint of discrimination or harassment, the university seeks a compassionate, fair, and equitable process. Members of the UO community are encouraged to contact the Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance for more information regarding each policy and its corresponding procedures.
Student Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence Complaint and Response Policy
A new policy to improve the university’s response to gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence experienced by students went into effect September 15, 2017.
The new policy ensures clarity and transparency as well as compliance with Title IX. It clearly identifies employees by their reporting responsibilities:
Establishing a named group of Designated Reporters allows students to make informed choices about whether to disclose information to employees who are required to report any and all disclosures of prohibited discrimination or harassment to the university.
Identifying Confidential Employees with precision allows students to know who is able to keep disclosures confidential.
Designating all other employees as Student-directed Employees, with specific response obligations that include providing support and resources, maximizes students’ access to supportive university personnel and affords students another avenue by which they can initiate a report to the Title IX coordinator if they so choose.
Please Note: The previous policy still remains effective after September 15, 2017, as to all other forms of prohibited discrimination and harassment based on any other protected status. It still designates all university employees, except confidential or otherwise exempted, as responsible employees. A responsible employee must still report all information related to instances of non gender or sex-based discrimination and harassment.
This policy outlines the university’s discrimination statement, response to discrimination complaints and responsible employee obligations.
This policy addresses sexual or romantic relationships between a faculty member and student or between a staff member and student in order to foster a learning environment characterized by professional behavior and fair and impartial treatment.
This policy intends to outline responsibilities related to the protection of minors at the university. Employees are mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect by law.
General Statement on Protecting Privacy
The Office of the Title IX Coordinator makes every effort to protect the privacy of individuals who participate in the investigation and resolution process by limiting the number of individuals who need access to information gathered throughout the complaint resolution process. For more information please see the Title IX Coordinator’s notice of privacy practices.
University Discrimination Complaint and Response Policy
The university policy, which applies to all faculty, staff, students, and guests, outlines the university’s discrimination statement and defines prohibited discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and sexual harassment.
Student Conduct Code
The Student Conduct Code defines, among other terms, harassment and sexual misconduct for purposes of allegations concerning student misconduct.
Office for Civil Rights
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) ensures equal access to education by enforcing civil rights, including Title IX. The following links provide information on areas of prohibited discrimination based on sex: