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What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972.  This law protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.  Title IX states that: 

"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."

Title IX applies to any institution receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department of Education, including state and local educational agencies.  Educational programs and activities that receive federal funds from the Department of Education must operate in a non-discriminatory manner.  Further, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or because a person made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX. 

Title IX and UMass Dartmouth

UMass Dartmouth does not tolerate sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence of any kind.  To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state anti-discrimination statutes, the University’s Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators are charged with monitoring compliance with Title IX and ensuring that reports of sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence are investigated and addressed. 

Any student, faculty, or staff member with questions or concerns about the applicable University policies or who believes that he or she has been the victim of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence is encouraged to contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator.  Individuals with questions or concerns about violations of the Code of Student Conduct should contact the Director of Care and Advocacy in the Office of Student Affairs.

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