Sexual Violence Prevention & Response | Title IX
Title IX is a federal law that expressly prohibits all forms of sex discrimination, which include sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual violence. All Pacific University students, employees, affiliates and visitors are covered by Title IX requirements and protections.
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 their Deputies.
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 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.
There are three major components to the University's sexual misconduct policies and procedures as follows:
- Sexual Misconduct Policy, which includes:
- How to submit a formal complaint of sexual misconduct/harassment
- Definitions of terms and prohibited behaviors
- Title IX Sexual Misconduct Process
- Non-Title IX Student Sexual Misconduct Process
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.
Pacific University Resources
Student Counseling Center
Advocacy Network - confidential campus advocates for students
Center for Gender Equity's Sexual & Relationship Violence Resources
Student Name and Sex Designation Changes
Campus Public Safety
Employee Assistance Program
Title IX Training Materials
Materials used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process are linked here:
- Training for Hearings
- Training for Investigations
- Training for Decision-Makers
- Training for Appeals
- Training for Title IX Coordinator, Cherie Scricca
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 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and their implementing regulations.