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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

The U.S. Department of Education (the “Department”), Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) is charged with enforcing several federal civil rights laws that apply to the educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance from the Department, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”).  Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity, and failure to observe the requirements of Title IX and its implementing regulations could result in the loss of federal financial assistance provided by the Department.  OCR periodically issues “Dear Colleague Letters,” which are distributed to educational institutions under OCR’s jurisdiction, to provide interpretive policy guidance about the civil rights statutes and corresponding implementing regulations enforced by OCR, including Title IX. 

On April 4, 2011, OCR issued a Dear Colleague Letter to provide guidance to institutions under its jurisdictions regarding their Title IX obligations to respond to sexual harassment and violence.  In this guidance, OCR noted that “schools need to ensure that their employees are trained so that they know to report harassment to appropriate school officials.”  Consistent with this guidance, the University of Oregon has implemented training for all University employees likely to witness or receive reports of sexual harassment and violence, including faculty, law enforcement unit employees, administrators, counselors, health personnel, and resident advisors, among others.  The training provides information regarding how to identify conduct that may violate Title IX as well as to whom any such conduct or information received about any such conduct should be reported.