Q & A
“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!
Laws protecting you from sex or gender-based discrimination in:
- Financial Assistance
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.
- 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.