Title IX and the University of Portland
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights
law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education
programs, including athletic programs or activities that receive
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."
Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual
harassment, rape, and sexual assault. A college or university that receives federal funds may be held legally responsible when it knows about and ignores sexual harassment or assault in its programs or activities. The university can be held responsible in court whether the harassment is committed by a faculty member, staff or student.