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What is Title IX? 

Title IX is a federal law that 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." 

What behavior would be considered sex-based discrimination?

Sex-based discrimination includes violence and harassment that is committed because of a person’s gender or sex. The offender could be a boyfriend, girlfriend, other students, or an adult. If someone does any of the following to you because of gender or sex, it may constitute sex-based violence, discrimination, or harassment under Title IX. Sex-based harassment is unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the recipient's education program or activity. 

Acts may include:

  • Unwelcomed sexual touching

  • Verbally abuses using anti-gay or sex-based insults

  • Sex discrimination in an activity, athletics, classroom, or academic program

  • Offensive, severe, and frequent remarks about a person’s sex

  • Harassment of a sexual nature that interferes with your education

  • Pressures or force to perform sexual acts