Title IX at EOU
Eastern Oregon University (EOU) is committed to fostering an environment free from bias, discrimination, sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct. The Title IX Coordinator ensures compliance with Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the sex or gender of employees and students. Behaviors including sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, as well as retaliation for reporting any of these acts violate Title IX and are not tolerated. EOU is also committed to providing support to those who have been impacted by incidents of sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct and may provide various resources and support services to individuals who have experienced one of these incidents. This website provides information on what to do if you or someone you know may have been impacted by any of these behaviors.
What is Title IX?
“Title IX” refers to Title IX of the Educational amendments act of 1972, which amended the Civil rights Act of 1964, and provides:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…”. 20 USC 1681.
Title IX prohibits colleges, such as Eastern Oregon University (EOU), from discrimination on the basis of sex in the provision of its educational and co-curricular programs. Title IX has received most of its attention in its application to college and high school athletics. However, Title IX applies to all programs and services at federally funded colleges, with few exceptions.
What does that mean?
Title IX violations include:
- Sexual harassment
- Sex or gender-based discrimination
- Sexual violence including sexual assault
Title IX covers everyone!
What’s your IX?
Laws protecting you from sex or gender-based discrimination in:
- Financial Assistance
What should I do if I think I have been discriminated against on the basis of my gender, or subjected to sexual misconduct?
Eastern Oregon University is committed to full adherence to the Title IX law. We are here to support and protect you. If you feel that your Title IX rights have been violated, or if you are unsure, connect with the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Coordinator right away.
Complaints involving students, faculty, or staff can be reported to either the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator will review the Sexual Misconduct Reporting Options available.
What should I do if I think I have experienced or observed bias?
If you have been the subject of or a witness to a bias incident, please fill out the Title IX Anonymous Report Form or fill out the Report an Incident report, either report will be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, and both options are anonymous. The notification of a Bias incident will be taken seriously and is important. It provides the notice necessary for the University to accurately monitor and appropriately respond to activity that negatively impacts the diversity and well-being of our academic community.
Know your rights!
Things you should know about your rights:
- You have the right to report the incident to your school, have your school investigate what happened and have your complaint resolved promptly and equitably.
- You have the right to choose to report an incident of violence to either campus or local law enforcement. A criminal investigation does not relieve your school of its duty under Title IX to respond promptly and effectively.
- Your school should ensure that you are aware of your Title IX rights and any available resources such as victim advocacy, housing assistance, academic support, counseling, disability services, health and mental health services, and legal assistance.
- All students, faculty, and staff are protected by Title IX regardless of whether they have a disability, are international or undocumented, and regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Statement on retaliation:
EOU prohibits retaliation against individuals who engage in reporting a complaint of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating or domestic violence, and/or stalking. Retaliatory behavior is regarded as additional misconduct and may lead to increased sanctions.
EOU Title IX Coordinators
EOU’s Title IX Coordinator is Colleen Dunne-Cascio. The Title IX Coordinator has responsibility for overseeing all Title IX Compliance, including complaints of sexual misconduct, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. All instances of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator(s).
Title IX Coordinator Contact Information:
- Colleen Dunne-Cascio, [also Director of Student Relations], 541.962.3476, Inlow Hall #113A, titleIX@eou.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator(s) Contact Information:
- Chris McLaughlin, [also Human Resources Director], 541.962.3516, Inlow Hall #209, email@example.com
- Kaki Morehead [also Head Volleyball Coach], 541-962-3687, Quinn #133-D, firstname.lastname@example.org