Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance.

Title IX 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 subject to discrimination under any educational programs or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

Programs and activities which receive United States Department of Education (ED) funds must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. These programs and activities may include, but are not limited to: admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, student treatment and services, counseling and guidance, discipline, classroom assignment, grading, vocational education, recreation, physical education, athletics, housing employment, AND sexual harassment of students and employees.

Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person because he or she opposed an unlawful educational practice or policy, or made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX. For a recipient to retaliate in any way is considered a violation of Title IX. The ED Title IX regulations (Volume 34, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 106) provide a detailed discussion of discrimination prohibited by Title IX. (http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix_dis.html)

Title IX requires the appointment of a Title IX Coordinator, who ensures notification of the University's Title IX policy. A student may file a complaint with the University's Title IX Coordinator or with the Student Conduct Coordinator. If a student files a complaint under Title IX, the investigation will be led by the Equity Compliance Office.

All other individuals may also file a complaint with the University's Title IX Coordinator, who will commence an investigation and make recommendations, in accordance with the established policy on sexual misconduct, BSU Policy V1-1.40.

If you would like to file a complaint of gender/sex discrimination, under Title IX, with the BSU Equity Compliance Office, please click the following link to download a Discrimination Complaint Form.

For additional information related to Title IX, please contact the University's Equity Compliance Office by contacting Jasmyn Lucas, Equity Investigator and Title IX Coordinator: 301-860-4511 or titleixcoordinator@bowiestate.edu.