What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal law* that states:
"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.”
Title IX forbids sex discrimination in access to or delivery of any university student service or academic and non-academic program.
Title IX forbids sex discrimination in all recruitment and employment decisions and actions.
Title IX protects all students from sexual harassment connected to any university program, service or activity regardless of location and/or by any university employee, another student or a non-employee third party.
Services, programs and activities include, but are not limited to, admissions, financial aid, academic advising, housing, athletics, recreational services, extracurricular opportunities, classroom assignments, grading, discipline, and co-curricular offerings.
*The federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions is Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 (amending the Higher Education Act of 1965). This act is codified as Title 20, United States Code, Chapter 38, Sections 1681-1686. The act was also amended by the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 ("Title IX").
Title IX Responsibilities for the UMD Campus
UMD Coordinator for Employment, Training and Reporting
Melissa Honkola, Director, UMD HR and Equal Opportunity
255 Darland Administration Building
1049 University Drive Duluth, MN 55812-3011
UMD Coordinator for Student Related Concerns
Nathaniel Schultz, UMD Student Conduct Specialist
245 Kirby Plaza
1208 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812
UMD Coordinator for Gender Equity in Athletics
Abbey Strong, Compliance Director, UMD Athletics
170 Sports and Health Center
1216 Ordean Court Duluth, MN 55812-3032
University of Minnesota Title IX Officer:
Kimberly Hewitt, Director, UM OEOAA
274 McNamara Center 200 Oak Street, Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Frequently Asked Questions About Title IX
Are all school districts, colleges, and universities covered by Title IX?
Virtually all public school districts are covered by Title IX because they receive some federal financial assistance and operate education programs. Public colleges and universities generally receive federal financial assistance, and most private colleges and universities receive such assistance. There are some private colleges that do not receive any federal assistance, and Title IX does not apply to them.
Are all programs in a school or college covered if it receives federal financial assistance?
Generally, all programs in a school or college are covered if the school or college receives federal financial assistance. Title IX covers all programs of a school or college that receives financial assistance including academics, extracurricular, and athletics. Also, Title IX applies to all activities of a school or college, even those that occur off campus.
Does Title IX protect only students?
No, Title IX protects all participants in the program from discrimination, including parents, students, and employees.
Are schools responsible for addressing sexual harassment?
Yes, when schools become aware that sexual harassment is severe, persistent or pervasive, they must take effective actions. For more detailed information, visit our page on sexual misconduct resources.
How do I know whether an athletic program is providing an equal opportunity under Title IX?
School districts and colleges are required to provide an equal opportunity in meeting student interest in sports, and in specific program areas like equipment and supplies and recruitment. For more detailed information, visit our Athletic Equity Resources page.
Information from www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/qa-sex.html.