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If a student believes they have been discriminated against, they have the right to file a Title IX complaint with their school’s Title IX coordinator. By law, the school is required to provide support for the complaintant and address the discrimination.

The student has the right to:

  • A timely complaint process

  • Not be required to “work it out” with the offender

  • Report to law enforcement

  • Receive immediate help during the complaint process

  • Report any possible retaliation 

Department of Education, Schools, and Title IX

“The U.S. Department of Education (Department) gives grants of financial assistance to schools and colleges and to certain other entities, including vocational rehabilitation programs and libraries.” Any entity receiving funding from the Department of Education must comply with Title IX law.

Under the Department of Education, the Office for Civil Rights enforces civil rights laws such as Title IX. “OCR’s mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence through vigorous enforcement of civil rights in our nation’s schools.” If a school is not complying with Title IX, an OCR complaint may be filed, resulting in a possible investigation of said school. In extreme circumstances, a school not complying with Title IX can lose their federal funding.

Student Empowerment Resources

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Online Resources

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Know Your IX

Empowering Students to Stop Sexual Violence

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