Policies and Procedures FAQs

Answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the student conduct process may be found found in the Reporting section.

Q: I thought Title IX only applied to athletics. Why are there so many related policies, laws, and agencies?

A: Title IX is a federal statue 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. 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.

Q: How do I know which policies apply to me?

A: 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. The U of O is committed to supporting victims and survivors, providing fair processes to resolve complaint, and responding with compassion and prompt attention to complaints. Whether we have the jurisdiction to hold another person accountable for inappropriate behavior is a different question, and at that point the status of the person accused will influence what process would be appropriate (i.e. a student conduct process or an employee grievance process).

Q: What is the difference between private information and confidential information?

A: Please see What is a confidential resource?