Title IX

"No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal aid."

Title 20 U.S.C. § 1681-1688 

What does that mean?

Title IX forbids sex discrimination in all university student services and academic programs including, but not limited to, admissions, financial aid, academic advising, housing, athletics, recreational services, college residential life programs, health services, counseling and psychological services, Registrar's office, classroom assignments, grading and discipline. Title IX also forbids discrimination on the basis of sex in employment and recruitment consideration or selection, whether full time or part time, under any education program or activity operated by an institution receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance.

Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.


The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX in the most extreme circumstances can include the termination of all or part of an institution’s federal funding. This includes grants, subsidies, and other program funds from the federal government. In addition to the loss of federal funds, universities may be sued by those seeking redress for violations of Title IX. It is essential that institutions receiving federal financial assistances operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. To ensure the University’s compliance with the law, adherence to Title IX regulations is everyone’s responsibility.


The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX. Information regarding OCR can be found at www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.

Title IX Myths

Examples of myths associated with the implementation of Title IX.

Title IX Resources

Available statutes and federal regulations, along with FAQ resources, as it relates to Title IX.

Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act requires that all co-educational institutions of higher education that participates in any federal student financial aid program and have intercollegiate athletic programs must provide information concerning their intercollegiate athletic programs under the...

Pregnant & Parenting Student Accommodations

Minnesota State University, Mankato will excuse a student's absence because of pregnancy or childbirth under Title IX as long as the student's doctor deems the absence medically necessary. When the student returns to school they will be allowed to return to the same academic...