Title IX Compliance Information

The Basics

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. §1681) prohibits sex discrimination of students and employees of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. In compliance with Title IX, the University of Mary prohibits sex discrimination in all programs, activities and employment.

“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.”20 U.S.C. §1681

Title IX Applies to All Programs

Title IX applies to every aspect of federally funded education programs. Areas covered by Title IX include: access to higher education, admissions, athletics, career education, education for pregnant and parenting students, employment, learning environment, math and science, sexual harassment, standardized testing, and technology.

Additional information about Title IX and athletics can be found by by clicking this link to the NCAA Title IX Resources Page.

Title IX Prohibits Sexual Harassment

Title IX also prohibits sexual harassment, which includes sexual assault and sexual violence.

Title IX Applies to Everyone

Title IX protects the rights of men, as well as the rights of women. Title IX requires that men and women receive fair and equal treatment in all areas of education.

Retaliation Prohibited by Title IX

Title IX protects whistle-blowers from retaliation. The reporting of discrimination is important to Title IX enforcement and would be discouraged if retaliation against those who report it goes unpunished.

Title IX Enforcement

The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX.

Inquiries regarding Title IX may be directed to:

Office for Civil Rights, Chicago
Office U.S. Department of Education Citigroup Ctr.
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475
Chicago, Il 60661-7204
Telephone: (312) 730-1560
Fax: (312) 730-1576
E-mail: [email protected]

The University of Mary’s Sexual Misconduct or Relationship Violence Policy is designed to Comply with Title IX, a federal law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities and with relevant sections to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination when the conduct creates a hostile environment, which means that the behavior is sufficiently serious to limit or deny a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational programs and activities. Sexual misconduct, sexual violence, and relationship violence are forms of sexual harassment.

If you believe you have been or are the victim of sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct, you are encouraged to file a complaint with the university. A description of the process the university has established to respond to your complaint is outlined in the University of Mary's Conduct Grievance Procedure and the form to use to file a complaint is the Conduct Grievance Complaint Form. The university’s policies prohibiting sexual violence and sexual harassment may be found at Discrimination and Harassment Policy, and Sexual Misconduct Policy.

The University of Mary is committed to maintaining an environment in which all students, staff and faculty are treated with dignity and respect, as created in the image and likeness of God. Sexual misconduct in all forms violates the sanctity of the human body, mind, and spirit and will not be tolerated within our community. Indeed, sexual misconduct (including sexual assault/rape) is one of the most serious violation of the standards of conduct for the University of Mary, and some forms of sexual misconduct can violate both civil and criminal law.

The University encourages anyone who has information regarding a possible incident to report it to the Office of Safety and Security or a Title IX Coordinator, as well as to local law enforcement. Generally, employees must report such information. Complaints against employees shall be investigated and resolved via the Conduct Grievance Procedure.