Title IX Overview

May 2020: revised U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding Title IX:

As you may have heard, the U.S. Department of Education announced the Title IX Final Rule on May 6, 2020, thus ending the process that began in November 2018 to update regulations around campus-based sexual misconduct. 

The final document was extensive (2033 pages) and took some time to carefully read through and analyze. The Office for Equity & Inclusion worked with a number of constituents to review and revise Wesleyan’s current policies and procedures as required under the new regulations. As always, our aim is to have compliant policies, practices, and procedures that are responsive and fair for all parties. These changes are reflected in the updated Policy Prohibiting Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct.


What is Title IX:

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 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. Title IX is a federal law intended to end sex discrimination in all areas of education. It applies to non-discrimination based on sex/gender to all recipients of federal funds and applies to issues of program equity, such as in athletics, and also to sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Most people who know about Title IX think it applies only to sports, but athletics is only one of 10 key areas addressed by the law.  These areas are: Access to Higher Education, Career Education, Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students, Employment, Learning Environment, Math and Science, Sexual Harassment, Standardized Testing and Technology, Minors.

Note that discrimination based on pregnancy and parenting is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX requires that schools must offer pregnant students the same benefits they offer to students with other medical conditions, such as illness or injury. One exception to this rule is absences – Title IX requires that schools (including universities, colleges, etc.) excuse absences due to pregnancy and related conditions for as long as a doctor says it is necessary.  Students to whom this applies should work with Health Services and their Class Dean.  Click here to learn more about supporting the academic success of pregnant and parenting students under Title IX.


Additionally, sexual misconduct and violence on college campuses is of great concern and has been/is being continually reviewed to allow change to occur through such legislation as:

Individuals are always encouraged to use the full resources available to them, including engaging directly with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.
Boston Office
U.S. Department of Education
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