Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX"), a federal civil rights law, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all aspects of educational programs and activities.
The law provides that:
No person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Title IX prohibits gender discrimination in recruiting, admissions, athletics, academic programs, financial aid, and all student services. It also prohibits sexual violence and sexual misconduct which may affect the educational or campus environment.
Examples of Unlawful Practices Under Title IX Relating to Sexual Misconduct
- Sexual Harassment – unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
- Sexual Misconduct – rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation, sexual coercion, and any other form of non-consensual sexual activity (including when an individual is not in a condition to give legal consent)
- Stalking – repeatedly following, harassing, threatening or intimidating another individual using such methods including, but not limited to, telephone, mail, electronic communication, and social media
- Domestic Violence – in addition to physical abuse, also includes emotional, verbal and economic abuse
- Dating Violence – in addition to physical abuse, also includes emotional, verbal and economic abuse
- Retaliation – adverse academic, social, employment or other actions against anyone reporting a violation or participating in an investigation of any Title IX allegation
In addition to being considered discriminatory, sexual violence is criminal activity.
For More Information, or to Report Title IX Violations at Johnstown Campus
Individuals who feel the Title IX statute has been violated have the right to file a complaint or to refuse to file a complaint. Individuals within the University of Pittsburgh who wish to learn more about their options may contact: