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Title IX

Title IX Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender

Title IX Regulation 

Title IX is a federal law that was passed in 1972 to ensure that students and employees in educational settings, regardless of gender, are treated equally and fairly. It protects against discrimination based on gender.

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 academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, or other educational program or activity operated by a recipient who receives or benefits from Federal financial assistance. (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964).

If you have concerns regarding Title IX, please contact your school administrator or contact Michelle Riddell - Title IX Coordinator, directly at 503-653-6010 or by email at

Title IX Board Policy

Title 9 Prohibits the following at school and at school functions:

  • Sexual Harassment *: 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 district’s education program or activity;
  • Online sexual harassment, intimidation, or bullying: sending or distributing explicit images (sexting), pornography, sextortion, or other sexual content elicited with or without consent (when under 18), or by coercion, threat or intimidation (sextortion).
  • Sexual assault*: an offense classified as a forcible or nonforcible sex offense under the uniform crime reporting system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; 
  • Dating violence*: violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship;
  • Domestic Violence*: felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction; or
  • Stalking*: engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person fear for the person’s own safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.
  • Discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender and/ or gender-identity: bullying, intimidation, harassment based on perceived or gender identity, sexual orientation or other protected class that has the effect of interfering with a student’s education or that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment at school. 
  • Discrimination based on pregnancy or parenting status: discrimination or unequal access to educational programs or opportunities based on pregnancy or parenting status
  • Gender inequity in athletics or education programs: unequal access based on sex to athletics, co-curricular or educational programs; inequitable access to facilities, participation, scholarships, or other educational benefits.

*Indicates Federal definition