Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 states:
“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.”
Most people have heard of Title IX because its application to athletics has gained a great amount of public visibility but the law applies to every single aspect of education, including course offerings, counseling, financial assistance, student services including health and insurance benefits, housing, marital and parental status of students, physical education and athletics, education programs and activities, and employment.
Almost all private colleges and universities must abide by Title IX regulations because they receive federal funding through federal financial aid programs used by their students.
Today’s episode is part one of two, exploring the impact of federal Title IX funding on sexual assault and harassment cases in higher education.