Sexual Violence Prevention & Response | Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is a federal law that states “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.” The law expressly prohibits all forms of sex discrimination, which include sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual violence.

Who is Protected by Title IX at Pacific University?

Since the university is a recipient of federal financial assistance, all Pacific University students, employees, affiliates and visitors are covered by Title IX requirements and protections.

Title IX Compliance Assurance

Please direct grievances, questions, concerns and requests for consultations to the Coordinator or his Deputies.

Mark AnkenyTitle IX Coordinator, VP of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
503-352-2924 |
114A | Marsh First Floor 

Complaints, Investigations, Procedures

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the oversight and monitoring of all aspects of the university’s efforts to comply with Title IX and to prevent violations of its provisions. The Coordinator oversees the dissemination of information regarding Title IX to students, staff and faculty; coordinates training for employees; maintains Title IX grievance/complaint files; monitors Title IX Deputies in the investigation and disposition of complaints; and answers inquiries from university and community members.

Title IX Deputies receive and process Title IX complaints; field inquiries from students, faculty, staff and administrators regarding their rights and responsibilities under Title IX; investigate cases of alleged discrimination; interview complainants, respondents and material witnesses; and assist the Title IX Coordinator in oversight and implementation of Title IX compliance efforts.

Complaints will be handled in a timely manner. When there is a documented violation of Title IX, prompt remedies will be provided. Every effort will be made to ensure that said conduct will end, its recurrence will be prevented and, to the extent possible, pre-violation status will be restored.

Retaliation is Prohibited

Pacific University prohibits retaliatory harassment, threats, or intimidation against anyone for making an inquiry about suspected Title IX violations, registering a complaint, assisting a complainant, or participating in an investigation; retaliatory behavior includes the creation of a hostile work or social climate. Instances of retaliation should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputies.

Pacific University Resources

Staff and Faculty Student Concern Response Guide
Student Counseling Center
Campus Wellness Coordinator
Campus Public Safety
Employee Assistance Program


Inquiries about Title IX and Pacific’s compliance with it may also be directed to:

Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, D.C. 20202

In addition to complying with Title IX’s prohibition of discrimination based upon sex, Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, religious preference, disabled veteran or Vietnam Era status in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and their implementing regulations.

Related Policies

Consensual Relationship Policy
Harassment Policy (including sexual harassment)
Student Sexual Misconduct
Athletics and Title IX