Title IX Applies to Everyone at the UO
“The University of Oregon will not tolerate sexual violence or harassment in any form. Every member of our community deserves to feel safe and secure in their academic pursuits. We owe it to our students, their families and our entire community to work together to combat sexual assault and to hold each other accountable. We will teach our students to respect each other. We will teach them to stand up for each other. We will show them that we have zero tolerance for sexual violence by swiftly investigating reports and taking action without sacrificing due process. We will not rest until we succeed.”
—University of Oregon President Michael Schill
Changes to Federal Title IX Regulations
On May 6, 2020 the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued new regulations mandating how UO and all colleges and universities must investigate and adjudicate sexual misconduct cases under Title IX, the federal statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in any federally funded education program or activity.
The UO is carefully reviewing the new regulations and determining how to implement the new requirements in a way that best preserves its current system’s fairness, thoroughness, and sensitivity to the needs and rights of all parties. As part of this process, UO will engage and seek input from the university community through the Standard Operating Procedures advisory group, which performs an annual review of the Title IX adjudication procedures.
UO’s revised student sexual misconduct procedures will become effective on August 14, 2020. Persons wishing to provide nonconfidential input are invited to contact the Office of the Dean of Students at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Title IX Coordinator at email@example.com.
What is Title IX?
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.
How does Title IX apply to sexual violence?
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.
Does Title IX only affect students?
No, 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 under Title IX.
Who can I talk to about a Title IX concern?
The university is committed to supporting victims and survivors, providing fair processes to resolve complaint, and responding with compassion and prompt attention to complaints. Students are NOT required to provide additional information about the incident or participate in a university investigation in order to receive services. Our goal is to provide all students with information on reporting options so they can make an informed decision.
Make a Report
The decision to report and when to do so is always up to you. The university encourages reports to be made in close proximity to the incident even though reports can be made to the university, confidential staff, and law enforcement at any time. To learn more, visit the Make a Report page.
Talk to a confidential resource
A confidential resource means that information shared is protected by federal and state laws and cannot be shared without your explicit permission. You are welcome to contact one of the university’s confidential resources to learn about your reporting options, available support services, and resources.
Contact our team
The investigations office strives to respond to and resolve all reports in a prompt and equitable manner while providing support to all affected parties. If you are unsure of how to proceed or would like to learn more about investigation processes, you can request a consult or contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about Title IX or its implementation, you can also consult with the following university officials:
- Legal Issues: Office of the General Counsel
- Survivor Considerations and Best Practices: Director of Crisis Intervention and Sexual Violence Support Services
Meet the Title IX Coordinator
On July 15, 2020, Vanessa Crakes was appointed the interim Title IX coordinator as the university searches to fill the position.
As the Interim Title IX coordinator, Crakes is responsible for coordinating the university’s efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assault in compliance with Title IX. She oversees all programs and processes that may involve gender or sex equity issues, including sexual assault prevention programs; crisis and risk management responses; pay disparity issues (in partnership with the UO’s Office of Human Resources); communication between the UO and law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, the city, Eugene Police Department, the University of Oregon Police Department, and Sexual Assault Support Services; and all related investigators and investigations.
Crakes and the deputy Title IX coordinators are available to students, faculty, employees, and the university community for questions about Title IX, reporting a Title IX related concern, and discussing Title IX reporting obligations.
Deputy Title IX Coordinators
Deputy Title IX Coordinators serve an integral function in supporting the work of the Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance among various constituencies and across campuses. Reports of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence can be made directly to Deputy Title IX Coordinators. They are also available to assist with training on Title IX reporting obligations and can serve as a resource for questions about Title IX and resources both on and off campus.
Anna Schmidt, Deputy for Housing
Director of Residence Life and Educational Initiatives
“I work to support students in University Housing who may have experienced sex or gender-based discrimination or harassment. I ensure that our entire Housing team is trained on the Title IX procedures, and ensure students get holistic support across the university while going through any Title IX process. If you have any questions, concerns or need any support—don’t hesitate to reach out!”
Sarah Kutten, Deputy for UO Portland
Director of Students Services
"My goal at UO Portland is to cultivate an environment where students feel safe, cared for, and heard. I help students who have experienced crisis, trauma, or other impactful life events gain access to resources to support their holistic wellbeing and success."
Lisa Peterson, Deputy for Athletics
Deputy Athletic Director and Senior Women's Administrator
“As the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics, I am a resource for our students who are dealing with sex or gender-based discrimination or harassment. I have the knowledge and ability to connect individuals with resources available to assist and guide them through a sensitive and challenging experience.”