Title IX of the Education Amendments
“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 educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
What is Title IX?
The federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions is Title
IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 (amending the Higher Education Act of
1965). This act is codified as Title 20, United States Code, Chapter 38, Sections
1681-1686. The act was also amended by the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 ("Title
The law 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 education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. The amendment in 1987 expanded the definition of program or activity to include all the operations of an educational institution, governmental entity or private employer that receives federal funds.
Title IX forbids sex discrimination in all university student services and academic programs including, but not limited to, admissions, financial aid, academic advising, housing, athletics, recreational services, college residential life programs, health services, counseling and psychological services, Registrar's office, classroom assignments, grading and discipline. Title IX also forbids discrimination because of sex in employment and recruitment consideration or selection, whether full time or part time, under any education program or activity operated by an institution receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance ("recipient").
All questions regarding the Preventing Sexual Harassment and Title IX training programs should be directed to the Office of Social Equity at (724) 938-4014.
You may file a complaint:
- Online, by contacting the Office of Social Equity
724-938-4014, or by visiting South Hall 112
(Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
- You can also e-mail the office at: email@example.com.