What is the Role of the Title IX Coordinator?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 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.
The purpose of Title IX is to end discrimination on the basis of sex in education and applies to all programs and activities that receive federal funding.
Title IX encompasses many forms of sex-based discrimination, including, but not limited to addressing sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment), sexual violence (including sexual assault and domestic/dating/intimate partner violence), and stalking.
Title IX requires institutions of higher education to employ a Title IX Coordinator tasked with ensuring compliance and coordinating the investigative process. In addition, schools are required to have a published complaint resolution process that explains to a student, employee or third-party how to report an allegation of harassment or discrimination, list campus and community-based support resources for the parties involved in the investigation process, offer interim and protective measures for the parties involved in the investigation process, and explain possible disciplinary procedures.
The Title IX Coordinator is the individual designated by the University to coordinate the University’s compliance with Title IX, including overseeing all sex discrimination complaints and identifying and addressing any patterns or systematic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator is also responsible for:
- determining whether the complaint allegations are prohibited sexual misconduct, sexual assault, sexual violence, or stalking;
- appointing an IOA investigator to conduct a formal investigation;
- ensuring reports and complaints are handled properly in a prompt and timely manner;
- informing students, employees, and witnesses of their rights during a formal investigation and what campus and community support resources are available to them;
- confirming that all parties have been notified of the IOA’s conclusion and the right to, and procedures for, an appeal, if applicable;
- maintaining information and documentation related to the investigation in a secure manner, consistent with the University's obligations to disclose information as required by law.