What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Discrimination on the bases of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual coercion, sexual exploitation, stalking and intimidation.
The United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) ensures university compliance with Title IX. The OCR may be contacted at its Boston office at 617-289-0150 or at its national headquarters at 800-421-3481.
Brandeis’ Responsibilities under Title IX Law
- Brandeis must resolve complaints promptly and equitably.
- Brandeis must take immediate and appropriate action to investigate once it knows or reasonably should know of possible sexual harassment or sexual violence.
- Brandeis must take prompt and effective steps to end sexual harassment and sexual violence, prevent its reoccurrence and address its effects.
- Brandeis must protect the complainant by providing interim measures prior to the final outcome of the investigation and adjudication. Brandeis must provide a widely distribute a grievance procedure. The procedure must provide equal opportunity for both parties to present witnesses and evidence as well as the same appeal rights. The procedure must use the preponderance of the evidence standard.
- Brandeis must provide and widely distribute a grievance procedure. The procedure must provide equal opportunity for both parties to present relevant witnesses and evidence as well as the same appeal rights.