What is Title IX? | Webster University

What is Title IX?

Overview of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

On June 23, 1972, the President signed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., into law. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against those practices. Title IX applies, with a few specific exceptions, to all aspects of federally funded education programs or activities. In addition to traditional educational institutions such as colleges, universities, and elementary and secondary schools, Title IX also applies to any education or training program operated by a recipient of federal financial assistance. The Department of Education has issued regulations on the requirements of Title IX, 34 C.F.R. § 106.1et seq. The Title IX common rule published on August 30, 2000 covers education program providers/recipients that are funded by other federal agencies.

What does Title IX cover?

  • Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. It includes sexual harassment as well as sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, and sexual coercion.
  • Title IX applies to all people regardless of gender, and it applies regardless of whether or not a criminal report is filed.
  • Title IX covers reported incidents of sexual harassment, discrimination, or violence as well as situations or environmental factors about which the school should “reasonably know.”
  • Title IX applies to any school receiving federal funding.

What does Title IX guarantee?

  • When a school knows or reasonably should know about possible sexual harassment or sexual violence, it must promptly investigate to determine what occurred and then take appropriate steps to resolve the situation.
  • A school must take proactive steps to address individual and systems factors contributing to sexual harassment and violence.
  • Clear written policy against sexual harassment and violence, as well as clear grievance procedures, must be in place.
  • Schools must have a designated point person to receive and investigate Title IX complaints.
  • Parties involved in a sexual harassment or violence complaint must be treated fairly and must have ongoing access to a transparent resolution process.
  • Access to an internal/institutional investigation and resources regardless of whether outside legal or police involvement is pursued.

Webster University Title IX Coordinator

Kimberley Pert
Interim Head of Webster University's Title IX Office
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119