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If you or someone you know is experiencing discrimination at PCC, please let us know.

If you are in danger, contact:

  • Emergency Dispatch, 911
  • PCC Public Safety, 971-722-4444

What is discrimination?

Discrimination is being treated differently because of who you are. Discrimination can also be being treated differently by someone because of how they perceive you.

Experiencing discrimination can cause challenges in the classroom, at work, and with family and friends. Surveys and research is also starting to show that experiencing discrimination can contribute to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

What is harassment?

Harassment is unwelcome and unwanted behavior because of who you are or how someone else perceives you.

Harassment can be verbal, nonverbal, visual or physical conduct. Harassment can take many forms, and can be virtually any unwanted conduct.  Harassment can be anything from hate speech to microaggressions, notes to whistling, “jokes” to intentionally rude comments.

When is discrimination or harassment a violation of college policy?

Portland Community College’s goal is to provide an atmosphere that encourages all individuals to realize their potential.

It is a violation of PCC’s Civil Rights policies (unlawful discrimination or harassment) when someone is treated differently or harassed due to their: race; color; religion; national origin; sex; marital status; disability; veteran status; age; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; genetic information; or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.

In addition to PCC’s Civil Rights policies, PCC offers processes under the Student Code of Conduct, and Standards for Professional Behavior.

Together, PCC’s Civil Rights polices, Student Code of Conduct, and Standards for Professional Behavior provide protections for many types of experiences facing our students, faculty and staff.