- Title IX is a federal law that was passed in 1972.
- It prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.
- UW-Madison receives federal financial assistance, so it must work to prevent acts of sex discrimination in university programs and activities. In addition, the university must respond promptly and appropriately to any reports of sex discrimination it receives.
- “Sex discrimination” is interpreted by the university to include discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression and sexual orientation.
- Forms of sex discrimination include sexual harassment (note that sexual assault — any act of nonconsensual sexual contact or sexual intercourse — is a form of sexual harassment), different treatment based on sex and retaliation.
- The University also addresses dating violence, domestic violence and gender-based stalking using its Title IX procedures.
- Title IX’s protection extends to a broad array of university programs, benefits and services, including: admission/recruitment, housing, facilities, access to classes, counseling, financial assistance, employment assistance, health insurance, marital or parental status, including pregnancy, athletics, and employment.
- Some of the ways in which the university is trying to prevent sex discrimination include: campus-wide efforts aimed at raising awareness about and preventing sex discrimination; adoption of a policy prohibiting sex discrimination; designation of a Title IX coordinator responsible for coordinating the university’s efforts to prevent sex discrimination from occurring and to respond promptly and appropriately if it occurs; and establishing procedures for receiving and responding to complaints of sex discrimination.
For more information on Title IX and its requirements, you can visit the website of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.