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What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.
What are a school’s responsibilities to students?
Title IX states that a school has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to a complaint of sexual harassment or sexual violence (including relationship violence and stalking); If a school knows or reasonably should know about sexual harassment or sexual violence that creates a hostile environment, the school must take immediate action to investigate to determine what occurred and then take appropriate steps to resolve and eliminate the sexual harassment or sexual violence, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.
“Sexual violence in schools and on campus is a pressing civil rights issue: when students suffer sexual assault and harassment, they are deprived of equal and free access to an education. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that receives federal funding. Title IX is a powerful tool for students who want to combat sexual violence at school and on college campuses. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, rape, and sexual assault.” Read more: from the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or Title IX information from the ACLU