The Basics of Title IX

Title IX, which is federal law, marks its 45 year anniversary in June. The law was written with the intent to end sex discrimination in education and simply 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.” Initially, emphasis was placed on athletic requirements and regulations. Policy focused on institutions’ obligation to provide equal opportunity and detailed the factors to be considered in assessing compliance.

In April 2011, the Department of Education issued the “Dear Colleague Letter” which provided policy guidance, making it clear that Title IX also protects against sexual harassment, sexual violence and other forms of gender based discrimination. With that guidance, the University of Missouri System invested in enhancing our policies and procedures that specifically address sexual misconduct.

For additional information about Title IX, visit our website at umsl.edu/title-ix .