Title IX

What is Title IX?

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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:

"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."

Scope of Title IX

Title IX applies to institutions that receive federal financial assistance from U.S. Department of Education. Educational programs and activities that receive federal funds must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. Some key issue areas in which recipients have Title IX obligations are: recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; sex-based harassment; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; discipline; single-sex education; and employment. Title IX also protects from retaliation individuals who make or participate in an a complaint regarding something covered by Title IX.

Office of Civil Rights Guidance

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance on Title IX as it relates to sexual assault and sexual misconduct on college campuses. This guidance defined sexual misconduct as an extreme form of sexual harassment, thus stating that colleges and universities were obligated to address sexual misconduct under Title IX.

Creighton University created the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center in 2011 to oversee prevention and advocacy efforts for the Creighton community.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion formed in 2012 in order to oversee and coordinate all issues of harassment, discrimination, and sexual and relationship misconduct at the University. This includes investigation and resolution of complaints, training and educational opportunities for campus, and ensuring compliance with federal guidance related to Title IX.

What does Title IX cover?

What does Title IX cover?

Title IX addresses:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Misconduct
    • Non-consensual sexual intercourse
    • Non-consensual sexual contact
    • Sexual exploitation
  • Retaliation for reporting any of the above misconduct

The Harassment, Discrimination, Sexual and Relationship Misconduct policy prohibits harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex. The policy ensures that Creighton University is complaint with Title IX. The Office of Equity and Inclusion is responsible for addressing alleged violations of Title IX.

What do you need to know?

What do you need to know?

If you or someone you know at Creighton has experienced any of the prohibited behaviors addressed by Title IX (listed above), you have the right to file an internal complaint with the University. The University must take reasonable steps to stop the prohibited conduct, prevent future reoccurrence of the conduct, and remedy the impact of the conduct on those felt its effects.

There are resources and support available to all Creighton community members who have experiences harassment and/or discrimination on the basis of sex.