Sex Discrimination in Educational Institutions
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions. It is one of several federal and state anti-discrimination laws that define and ensure equality in education. The regulations implementing Title IX prohibit discrimination, exclusion, denial, limitation, or separation based on gender. 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 subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. 20 U.S.C. § 1681.
Many people commonly associate this law with athletics programs, but in actuality, Title IX encompasses many programs at Tennessee State University. Title IX applies to every aspect of education including but not limited to, admissions and recruitment, comparable facilities for males and females, access to course offerings, financial assistance, marital and parental status of students, physical education and athletics, education programs and activities, and employment. You should also be aware that under Title IX, sex discrimination includes both sexual harassment and sexual assault.
It is everyone’s responsibility at TSU to comply with Title IX, but if you feel that your rights have been violated under this law you should contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator for assistance. For more information about Title IX at TSU, review the Title IX Notification.
Additional information about the provisions of Title IX:
U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Website
TSU’s Title IX Compliance Policy
“Know Your Rights” Pamphlet