Have you been a victim of discrimination on the basis of sex at any school or university that receives any federal funds. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against those practices.
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TITLE IX OVERVIEW
Enacted by Congress in 1972, Title IX provides that individuals cannot be subjected to discrimination on the basis of sex at any school or university that receives any federal funds.
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (gender) in educational programs and activities and programs that receive federal assistance. Similarly, Section 304 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 requires that universities have procedures in place to respond to matters of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking. On June 23, 1972, then President Richard Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., into law. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Title IX states in part:
“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.”
The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against those practices. Title IX applies, with a few specific exceptions, to all aspects of federally funded education programs or activities. In addition to traditional educational institutions such as colleges, universities, and elementary and secondary schools, Title IX also applies to any education or training program operated by a recipient of federal financial assistance.
Title IX prohibits all forms of discrimination on the basis of sex (gender), including all forms of sexual violence, sexual assault and sexual harassment. This prohibition applies to all Educational Institutions, staff, students and third parties in both the educational and employment settings. If inappropriate sexual behavior occurred, a University will take prompt and effective steps to end the behavior, prevent its reoccurrence and address the effects.
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for monitoring the overall Title IX implementation for the University and coordinating compliance with all areas and departments covered under Title IX regulations. If a Complaint is filed, the Title IX Coordinator will meet with the Complainant to explain the available options, the process used to investigate the Complaint, and any available support, resources, and protective measures. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementation may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or to the U.S. Department of Education or the Office for Civil Rights.
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