What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is commonly referred to as “Title IX.” Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:
“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 program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Many people believe Title IX applies only to sports activities, but athletics is only one of 10 key areas addressed by the law. The nine other areas are:
- Access to Higher Education
- Career Education
- Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students
- Learning Environment
- Math and Science
- Sexual Harassment
- Standardized Testing
Title IX prohibits gender-based harassment, such as sexual 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.
*Sexual assault and sexual violence are forms of sexual harassment.
What is the role of the Title IX Coordinator?
The Title IX Coordinator is the individual designated by the University to coordinate the University’s compliance with Title IX, including overseeing all sexual harassment complaints and identifying and addressing any patterns or systematic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator is also responsible for providing training regarding Title IX to the University community.