Policies FAQs

Answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the student conduct process may be found in the How to Report section.

I thought Title IX only applied to athletics. Why are there so many related policies, laws, and agencies?

Title IX is a federal statute guaranteeing equal access and opportunity in all higher education programs and activities. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex not only within interscholastic and intercollegiate athletic programs, but also in any term or condition of employment in higher education, in educational benefits or opportunities and access. As part of this, it prohibits a form of discrimination which is called harassment – or behaviors that discriminate on the basis of sex. Sexual violence is an extreme form of sexual harassment that has the effect of denying individuals access to educational benefits and opportunities on the basis of sex. Title IX protects students, faculty, and employees from discrimination, and works in coordination with other university policies and state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex or gender.

What is considered harassment as defined by Title IX?

Title IX Sexual Harassment is defined as: Sexual misconduct that is subject to the Title IX Rulemaking at 34 CFR section 106. This includes conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: (1) Quid pro quo: An employee of the institution conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the University on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct; (2) Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the recipient’s education program or activity; or (3) “Sexual assault” as defined in 20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(6)(A)(v), “dating violence” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(10), “domestic violence” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(8), or “stalking” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(30). In order to constitute Title IX Sexual Harassment, the conduct must have occurred in an education program or activity of the University of Oregon and must have occurred against a person in the United States. The additional processes in this section are required by federal regulations.

How do I know which policies apply to me?

All members of the University of Oregon community – students, faculty, staff, applicants for admission, and applicants for employment as well as individuals that utilize campus for activities and programs (community members) – are protected from gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. The U of O is committed to supporting victims and survivors, providing fair processes to resolve complaint, and responding with compassion and prompt attention to complaints. Whether we have the jurisdiction to hold another person accountable for inappropriate behavior is a different question, and at that point the status of the person accused will influence what process would be appropriate (i.e. a student conduct process or an employee grievance process).

What is the difference between private information and confidential information?

Please see the What is a confidential resource? page.