Title IX and the University of Portland
Title IX is federal legislation from the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and gender in education programs, including athletic programs or activities that receive federal funding. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex or gender can include sexual harassment and interpersonal violence including: stalking, relationship violence, and sexual violence.
The University of Portland is committed to ensuring equal access to education in an environment free from discrimination, including sexual harassment and interpersonal violence. Anyone impacted by violence is encouraged to contact any of the campus or community resources that appear in the box to the right to seek support or more information.
Defining and Preventing Harassment and Interpersonal Violence
Recognizing behaviors that constitute harassment and violence is necessary in both preventing and responding to incidents. To learn about characteristics of sexual harassment, stalking, relationship violence, and sexual violence, please visit our Community Against Violence
We understand violence prevention to be a community responsibility that requires each member of the community to do our part. Join us, by learning more about our prevention program – Green Dot
Making a Report
Complaints or reports of sexual harassment or interpersonal violence should be submitted to the University’s Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinators:
Title IX Coordinator
Associate VP for Human Resources
Rev. John J. Donato, CSC
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, for students
Associate VP for Student Development
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, for faculty
Associate Provost, Graduate School Dean & Associate Professor
University faculty and staff who are made aware of reports of sexual harassment or interpersonal violence should complete the following report form within 24 hours of receiving the information. The report will be submitted directly to the Title IX Coordinator. Title IX Reporting/Early Alert
The University community’s policies and standards are summarized in Life on the Bluff - Student Handbook
. Policies defining sexual harassment, stalking, relationship violence, and sexual misconduct can be found within the handbook. In addition, the handbook contains important information regarding resources, reporting options, and the Student Conduct process.
Resources for Survivors of Harassment or Interpersonal Violence
No one should have to face harassment or interpersonal violence alone. There are people who can help. If you, or someone you know, has experienced interpersonal violence, please consider contacting one of the resources listed below.
Information shared with these resources will not be reported to any other campus official, unless an imminent threat to a student or the campus community exits.
University Health Center Counselors & Nurse Practitioners: 503-943-7134
Campus Ministers and Pastoral Residents: 503-943-7131
SAFE Advocates: 503-943-SAFE (7233) or SAFE: Stop Assault For Everyone
Information shared with these resources is used to assess risk to the
individual and/or the campus community. If a potential risk is
determined, action may be taken by the University to investigate or
address the risk.
Title IX Coordinator: Bryn Sopko; 503-943-8987; firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Title IX Coordinators:
Most faculty and staff: May be contacted directly
- For students, Rev. John J. Donato, CSC, Associate VP for Student Development; 503-943-8532; email@example.com
- For faculty, Matt Baasten, Associate Provost, Graduate School Dean & Associate Professor; 503-943-7160; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Interim for staff, Bryn Sopko, Associate VP for Human Resources; 503-943-8987; email@example.com
Office of Residence Life: 503-943-7205
Hall Staff may be contacted directly.
Public Safety: Emergency: 503-943-4444; Non-emergency: 503-943-7161
Portland Women's Crisis Line: 503-235-5333
Sexual Assault Resource Center: 503-640-5311
OHSU Medical Center: 24-hour emergency: 503-494-7551 Operator: 503-494-8311
Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations (SAFE kit) available
Portland Police Bureau:
Emergency: 911; Non-emergency: 503-823-3333
Frequently Asked Questions
What can the University do to help me?
The University of Portland is committed to supporting those affected by all forms of interpersonal violence. Whether you are a survivor or a witness of interpersonal violence, you are entitled to reasonable accommodations which may include a no-contact order, a change in an academic schedule, alternative housing options, access to counseling, or other accommodations. Please contact the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator to request these or other accommodations.
Can I make an anonymous report?
A student may make a report to Title IX without including one’s name or the name of the accused by calling the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator and requesting to refrain from providing names. However, the University's ability to investigate an incident is limited when names are not included in reports.
Making an initial anonymous report does not, in any way, prevent a student from choosing to follow-up with additional information in the future, if desired. The University always welcomes additional information after the initial complaint is made.
If I make a report, will I get in trouble for other policy violations?
In order to encourage reporting of interpersonal violence, the University will not pursue the conduct process against a student who reports interpersonal violence for lesser policy violations that occur in connection with the reported incident (including the alcohol, drug, intervisitation, or sexual intimacy policies).
What happens if I make a report to Title IX?
Reports made to the Title IX Coordinator will be investigated to the extent possible and information shared with certain campus administrators, if necessary, to protect the safety of individuals involved and that of the campus community. Reporting to the Title IX Coordinator does not obligate the student to pursue a Student Conduct case through the University system. A reporting student may choose to engage the Student Conduct process at any time. The University may initiate the Conduct process or take other actions if a threat to the student or community is determined.