What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment, sexual violence and gender-based harassment) in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Some key issue areas in which recipients have Title IX obligations are: recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; sex-based harassment; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; discipline; single-sex education; and employment.
Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX. For a recipient to retaliate in any way is considered a violation of Title IX.
What does this mean?
Schools are prohibited from restricting admission or participation in activities based on sex. In terms of sports, male and female students must have equal opportunities for participation. Title IX information provided here applies to all Richmond Public Schools sites, activities and programs. All school divisions and colleges receive some sort of federal funding, so this applies to everyone.
Why is Title IX important?
Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a “Dear Colleague” letter as well as a 46 page Question and Answer document regarding how programs that receive federal funds should respond to a complaint of discrimination and/or sexual violence in violation of Title IX.