[February 23, 2021]: COVID & Title IX Amnesty Clarification
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX 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." (20 USC 1681).
Reed College is committed to maintaining environments that foster a diverse and inclusive community in which all members can participate free from discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, and gender identity. Reed provides resources to students, faculty, and staff to address concerns relating to discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, which includes sexual misconduct.
Reed has two policies governing discrimination on the basis of sex: the Title IX Policy, and the Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy (DHSM). These policies detail and explicitly prohibit specific forms of harassment and encourage the reporting of these prohibited behaviors. Reed College will work to prevent prohibited behaviors, to take steps to reduce the risk of their recurrence, and to correct any discriminatory effects on a complainant or others.
All members of the community have an obligation to inform themselves about Title IX and the Title IX and DHSM policies, in order to recognize and take steps to prevent discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct, and to respond effectively if such behavior does occur.
Title IX Coordinator
Chris Toutain serves as Reed's Title IX Coordinator and in that role oversees and provides leadership for the activities related to Title IX compliance, training, investigations, enforcement, response, and reporting.
Chris Toutain, Title IX/504 Coordinator
Eliot 108A, 503-517-4842, email@example.com
There are also two Title IX Deputy Coordinators at Reed College:
- Deputy Coordinator for Faculty: Kathy Oleson, Dean of the Faculty
503-777-7257, Psychology 125, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deputy Coordinator for Staff: Michelle Valintis, Director of Human Resources
503-777-7705, Eliot 305, email@example.com
The Title IX Coordinator and the Deputy Coordinators can answer questions regarding the process for reporting, investigating, and adjudicating complaints of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or other potential Title IX violations. The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators are not confidential resources but can direct community members to on- and off-campus confidential resources, as well as to other resources.
If you are in need of disability-related accommodations or have questions about accessibility at any point in engaging in the Title IX process, please contact the Title IX Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Title IX Reporting Options
Reed College encourages all members of the community to report violations or possible violations of the Title IX and/or DHSM policies. However, certain employees and students must report. The college has designated the following representatives as obligated reporters of possible violations of the Title IX and/or DHSM policies:
- Staff and faculty who supervise the work of another staff, faculty, or student worker (including the President, Vice Presidents, and Deans)
- The Director and staff members of Community Safety
- The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators
- Student and staff members of the Sexual Misconduct Board
- Members of the Board of Trustees
Where to report a concern
Reports may be made to the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Deputy Coordinators, or Community Safety. These reports can be made verbally (either in person or by phone) or in writing (either in hard copy or electronically).
In the case of a report against a vice president, the Title IX Coordinator, the Dean of Faculty, or the Director of Human Resources, the report may be made to the President.
In the case of a report against the President, the report may be made to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Basic Elements of a Report
There is no formally required content to make a Title IX report. However, the following elements are important to facilitate appropriate response and whenever possible should be included when reporting:
- Name and Reed affiliation (e.g. student, faculty, staff) of the person making the report;
- Name and Reed affiliation of the subjects of the report, i.e. the alleged target of prohibited behavior and the alleged perpetrator of prohibited behavior;
- A brief statement of the event or events which are the cause of the report, including relevant date and location;
- If the report is in writing, the signature of the person making the report and the date of the filing of the report.
Anonymous Reporting and Confidential Resources
Any community member wishing to make a report of a violation of the Title IX Policy or the DHSM may do so by completing a secure online form, and may choose to do so anonymously if they wish. While it is inherently difficult to gather the full facts in response to anonymous reports, the college will nonetheless conduct an investigation. The investigation will be as thorough as is practicable and will be appropriate to the specific report.
Staff and faculty may undertake confidential discussions with a counselor through the Employee Assistance Program.
Students who are unsure about whether they wish to make a report may undertake confidential discussions of possible violations with a counselor in the Health & Counseling Center.
More information on reporting options for students can be found on the Sexual Health, Advocacy & Relationship Education website.
Discriminatory Harrassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy
The Health & Counseling Center
The HCC (5380 SE 28th Avenue), 503-517-7349
Christopher Toutain, Title IX/504 Coordinator
Eliot 108A, 503-517-4842, email@example.com
Rowan Frost, Program Director for Sexual Health, Advocacy, & Relationship Education
Gray Campus Center 104, 503-517-7966, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Granger, Director of Community Safety
28 West, 503-777-7379, email@example.com
Judicial Board & Sexual Misconduct Board
Sexual assault prevention and response information and resources
For staff and faculty:
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Cascade Center, 1-800-433-2320
Chris Toutain, Title IX/504 Coordinator
Eliot 108A, 503-517-4842, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Valintis, Director of Human Resources
& Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Staff
Eliot 305, 503-777-7705, email@example.com
Kathy Oleson, Dean of the Faculty
& Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty
Psychology 125, 503/777-7257, firstname.lastname@example.org
[December 7, 2020]: The Title IX Working Group is actively seeking feedback from the Reed community on the newly adopted Title IX Policy and separate grievance procedures for students, faculty and staff. In addition to community listening sessions, the Working Group is seeking direct feedback from members of the Reed community via this online form. It is preferred that feedback be provided by January 15, 2021.
[October 14, 2020]: As part of ongoing campus outreach efforts related to Title IX, Chris Toutain, the Title IX & 504 Cooridnator is holding weekly office hours. Office hours will be on Wednesdays, from 3-5pm. Information about how to sign up or stop by (virtually) is available here.
[August 14, 2020]: President Bilger has provided updates to the college community regarding changes the college made to comply with Title IX regulations issued by the Department of Education. President Bilger’s full announcement to the community is available here.
[August 1, 2020]: The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has issued amendments to Title IX (see Federal Register). The date that Reed College must be in compliance with these regulations is August 14, 2020, including all updates to related Reed College policies and processes.
We affirm our commitment to equity and fairness in all of our investigative and judicial processes for both those reporting sexual harassment and those accused of it. Supportive measures will continue to be available for those who are involved.
To ensure that our campus policies and processes comply with Title IX, the Clery Act, and Oregon law, we have assembled a working group of students, staff, and faculty to carefully review the amendments and develop recommendations for changes. A summary of the June 30 information session is here.