Overview of Title IX

Title IX is a federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program (e.g. public and private elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities) receiving federal funds. The law encompasses sexual misconduct, and a Dear Colleague letter penned in 2011 by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) outlines specific guidelines for the handling of sexual misconduct cases. OCR is responsible for investigating institutions reported to be in violation of Title IX.

Anyone who believes that a violation of Title IX law has occurred may file a complaint with OCR; the individual or organization filing need not be the victim of the alleged discrimination and may file on behalf of another person or group. You can learn more about your Title IX rights here.