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What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

20 U.S.C. § 1681.

Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.  Such areas include, but are not limited to, recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; sex-based harassment; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; discipline; single-sex education; and employment.  As a recipient of federal funds, Lehigh University is required to comply with Title IX.

Sexual harassment and sexual violence are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") is responsible for the enforcement of Title IX.  OCR evaluates, investigates, and resolves complaints alleging sex discrimination or harassment in violation of Title IX.  The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights can be contacted at:

National Headquarters:

Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC  20202-1328
Telephone:  800-421-3481
TTD:  800-877-8339
Fax:  202-453-6012

Local Office:

Philadelphia Office
Office for Civil Rights
United States Department of Education
The Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East, Suite 515
Philadelphia, PA  19107-3323
Telephone:  215-656-8541
TTD:  800-877-8339
Fax:  215-656-8605

For more information about Title IX, visit the U.S. Department of Education's website at www.ed.gov.