Title IX

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or 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

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities and provides protections from retaliation. All public and private schools receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. The United States Department of Education (ED), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for enforcing Title IX.

Title IX at Penn State

Penn State is committed to fostering an environment free from sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct. The Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response ensures compliance with Title IX. Behaviors including sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, as well as retaliation for reporting any of these acts violate Title IX and are not tolerated.

The University is also committed to providing support to those who may have been impacted by incidents of sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct and may provide various resources and support services to individuals who have experienced one of these incidents. The Penn State Title IX Website provides information on what to do if you or someone you know may have been impacted by any of these behaviors.

Questions and Contacts

Members of the University community who believe that Title IX has been violated should discuss their concerns with and/or file a complaint with the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Penn State College of Medicine, or the University’s Title IX Coordinator. Click here for a contact list.