Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault and Dating/Domestic Violence

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities, including but not limited to athletic programs that receive federal funding.

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 U.S.C. Sec. 1681).

Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual violence.

Institutional Compliance with Title IX 

It is the policy of George Fox University to provide an educational environment free of all forms of sex discrimination, including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct or communications constituting sexual harassment, as defined in this policy and as otherwise prohibited by state and federal statutes. Sexual harassment, including acts of sexual assault and sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited at George Fox University. This prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sex applies to all students, faculty and staff, to other members of the George Fox community, and to contractors, consultants and vendors doing business or providing services to the school.

In accordance with Title IX, the president of George Fox University has designated the following Title IX Coordinator(s) as the primary contacts responsible for coordinating compliance with Title IX.

Title IX Coordinators

Coordinator Title Name|Position Office Location Phone|Email 
Lead Coordinator Brad Lau - VP for Student Life Student Life Office - Stevens Center - 3rd Floor 503-554-2316 |
Deputy Coordinator Laura Hartley - Dean, College of Arts and Sciences Lemmons Center, 9A 503-554-2143
Deputy Coordinator  Mark Pothoff, Dean of Community Life Student Life Office - Stevens Center - 3rd Floor 503-554-2313
Deputy Coordinator  Lisa Burton, Associate Dir. of Human Resources Human Resources Office 503-554-2183
Deputy Coordinator  Elise Trask, Associate Dir. of Athletics Wheeler Sports Center 503-554-2934
Deputy Coordinator  Carol Brazo, Associate Prof. of Education Portland Center 503-554-6115
Deputy Coordinator

Rebecca Hernandez, Associate VP, Intercultural Engagement & Faculty Development 

Stevens Center, 1st floor 503-554-2147

Title IX Coordinator Roles and Responsibilities

The Lead Title IX Coordinator is responsible for implementing and monitoring Title IX compliance on behalf of George Fox University. This includes coordination of training, education, communications and administration of the complaint and grievance procedures for the handling of suspected or alleged violations of Title IX.

The Deputy Title IX Coordinators are also responsible for implementing and monitoring Title IX compliance at George Fox University and for notifying the Lead Title IX Coordinator of any alleged or suspected violations of Title IX and the resolution of such alleged or suspected violations, regardless of whether a grievance is submitted.

When Should I Contact a Title IX Coordinator? 

Any student, faculty or staff member, or applicant for admission who has concerns about sex discrimination, including but not limited to acts of sexual harassment, sexual assault or sexual violence, is encouraged to seek the assistance of one of the Title IX Coordinators identified above.

Contact a Title IX Coordinator if you:

Wish to understand your options if you think that you may have encountered sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault or sexual violence;

Learn of a situation that you feel may warrant an Institutional investigation;

Need help on how to handle a situation in which you are indirectly affected;

Want information about possible informal remedies or administrative measures to de-escalate or alleviate a difficult situation; or

Have questions about George Fox University’s policies and procedures.


Conversations with Title IX Coordinators are kept as confidential as possible, but information about incidents of suspected violations of Title IX must be shared to the extent necessary to conduct an investigation and take any corrective action deemed appropriate by the University.