What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law passed in 1972 that prohibits sex-based discrimination in all activities and programs of educational institutions receiving federal funds. Prohibited sex-based discrimination includes pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence. Key points of Title IX are:

  • Sexual violence/harassment is defined as unwanted, unwelcome, inappropriate or irrelevant sexual or gender based activities or comments.
  • Sexual violence/harassment and sexual violence under Title IX is conduct of a sexual nature that is unwelcome; and limits or denies a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the institution’s educational program.
  • Sex discrimination encompasses all forms of sexual violence, including verbal sexual harassment and sexual harassment by employees, students, or third parties against employees, students, or third parties.
  • Sexual violence/harassment can threaten a student’s physical and emotional well-being and may impact how a student performs academically.

The complete Title IX  brochure can be found HERE.