What is Title IX?
Title IX of the United States Education Amendments of 1972 is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. Title IX applies to all public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities.
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.
At the University of Montana, the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action is charged with enforcing Title IX and coordinating the University's response to complaints of sex-based discrimination, including sexual harassment, stalking, sexual assault, relationship violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct, as well as retaliation.
What is the University of Montana's policy prohibiting sex discrimination?
The Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, and Retaliation policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The accompanying Discrimination Grievance procedures delineate the steps for filing complaints of sex discrimination.
Who is the Title IX Coordinator?
Jessica Weltman, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, is the University of Montana's Title IX Coordinator. Jessica reports directly to the University president.
I thought Title IX only dealt with athletics. Why is Title IX being used to address sexual harassment and sexual assault?
Sexual harassment and sexual assault are forms of discrimination on the basis of sex. Title IX protects students from being denied equal opportunities to programs and activities at the University based on their gender. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, interferes with students' rights to receive an education free from discrimination. Title IX applies to athletics as well as to every other aspect of education.
Does Title IX only apply to women?
No. Title IX prohibits discrimination of anyone on the basis of sex. Title IX benefits everyone.