Title IX law states: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of gender, 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.
NUNM has identified a Title IX coordinator and three deputy coordinators. All deputy coordinators have undergone extensive training and are authorized to take reports of harassment and gender discrimination. All reports taken are forwarded to the Title IX coordinator who oversees the Title IX investigative process. A full description of the responsibilities of the Title IX coordinator can be found below and in the student handbook. NUNM assures it will take steps to prevent re-occurrence of sexual misconduct.
Title IX Coordinator
Any reports of sexual misconduct towards or of a minor MUST be reported directly to campus safety and security and/or the Portland Police Bureau immediately.There are no exceptions to this policy.
Harassment or gender discrimination in violation of this policy by students, faculty, staff, administrators, board members, and other employees or non-employees, including vendors and visitors, is specifically prohibited. Any reports of potential violation of this policy will be reviewed, regardless of the status of the reporter (heretofore: “complainant”) or the alleged harasser (heretofore: “respondent”). Retaliation against any individual who in good faith brings a complaint to the attention of the University and/or who participates in investigations regarding such complaints is also expressly prohibited.
All NUNM students, faculty and staff are responsible for respecting the rights of one another. No NUNM student, faculty, staff, administrator, or board member is exempt from this policy. Any person who believes that they are being, or may be, subjected to sexual harassment, gender discrimination, or misconduct in violation of this policy should immediately report it to any one of the following: Title IX coordinator, deputy coordinator, or a program dean. Reports can also be filed online.
In situations where an NUNM community member suspects that gender discrimination or harassment may be occurring, even when no one has made an individual complaint, NUNM will investigate the matter, and any findings of gender discrimination or harassment could result in disciplinary sanctions.
The university expressly prohibits retaliation, defined as any intentional or adverse action, taken against any individual who in good faith brings a complaint to the attention of the university or who participates in any resulting investigation. Any act of retaliation that is directed against a complainant, respondent, witness, or participant in the process, by any party, will be treated as a separate and distinct charge. If the university determines that a student has engaged in retaliation, appropriate corrective or disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including expulsion.
In order to encourage proper and timely reporting of sexual assaults, NUNM will not adjudicate or sanction the victim of the alleged assault for the admitted use of alcohol or drugs in the course of events of the alleged interaction, which otherwise may have been found in violation of campus policies.
If any person feels that their rights under the non-discrimination statement may have been potentially violated, they may contact the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) with or without working with NUNM to correct the issue. Information regarding OCR complaints can be found on their website.
The university provides educational programming that works towards the prevention of sexual and other types of violence, discrimination and harassment.
Title IX Compliance Statement
NUNM, in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran’s status in any of its policies, procedures, or practices. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, university programs and activities, including but not limited to academic admissions, financial aid, educational services, and employment. Title IX also prohibits gender–based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex–stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.
Title IX Coordinator
The dean of students has been designated to handle inquiries regarding NUNM’s Title IX policies and procedures.
The Title IX coordinator’s responsibilities are critical to the development, implementation, and monitoring of meaningful efforts to comply with Title IX legislation, regulation, and case law. In broad terms, the Title IX coordinator oversees monitoring of university policy in relation to Title IX law developments; implementation of grievance procedures, including notification, investigation and disposition of complaints; provision of educational materials and training for the campus community; conducting and/or coordinating investigations of complaints received pursuant to Title IX; ensuring an equitable and neutral process for all parties; and monitoring all other aspects of NUNM’s Title IX compliance.
For more information about NUNM’s process for reporting and investigating Title IX grievances see our sexual assault, misconduct and interpersonal violence resource.