What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is federal law that protects people from discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. 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."

The United States Department of Education (ED) maintains an Office for Civil Rights, with 12 enforcement offices throughout the nation and a headquarters office in Washington, D.C., to enforce Title IX. USF's representative office is located at 90 7th Street, Suite 4-100, San Francisco, CA 94103, telephone (800) 368-1019.

Other Legislation

State and federal legislation has been passed to help eliminate sexual assault and protect the health and safety of college students around the country.

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Universities in California are now required to:

  • Provide information about where a student should report a sex offense
  • Implement internal disciplinary procedures for sexual assault cases
  • Preserve and protect a victim's rights to justice and due process
  • Increase transparency about the scope of sexual violence on campus
  • Provide for standards in institutional conduct proceedings
  • Provide campus community wide prevention educational programming