Title IX

What is Title IX?

“Title IX” is short for Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. It is a set of federal regulations that require any school receiving federal funding (including YSU) to ensure that no one is discriminated against or harassed within any of the school’s programs or activities based on their sex. Title IX reads as follows:

“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.”

How does this apply to me?

Title IX is best known for creating gender equity in school sports when first adopted. However, since 1972 Title IX has expanded significantly to include a responsibility for responding to and adequately addressing complaints about all the following, broadly referred to as “Title IX violations”:

  • Sex or gender discrimination in any University-sponsored program or activity
  • Sexual assault and any other non-consensual sexual touching
  • Stalking
  • Relationship violence, including both dating and domestic violence
  • Sexual harassment

Additionally, we are also required to provide reasonable accommodations for
students experiencing pregnancy, childbirth, abortion, miscarriage, false
pregnancy, and parenting students requiring accommodations to pump and/or
breastfeed."

Definitions for each of these Title IX violations are also available.

Who addresses Title IX violations?

YSU has appointed a staff member- called the Title IX Coordinator- to make sure that the University complies with these federal regulations. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Working to educate the campus community about Title IX
  • Reviewing University policy and programs to ensure that they are in compliance
  • Meeting with students to educate them about their rights and reporting options
  • Undertaking investigations into possible discrimination and harassment
  • Working with reporting parties to provide accommodations to ensure that they can continue to pursue their education
  • Working with campus and community resources to support students

If you have questions about Title IX, want to learn more about your rights and reporting options, or want to make a report, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.