Title IX prohibits sex discrimination
As defined by the
Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights,
Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based
on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial
assistance, including SMU.
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.” SMU’s prohibition against discrimination, including on the basis of sex, includes any employment practice, education program or educational activity.
The Office for Civil
Rights has issued a
guidance document to universities and colleges
nationwide on Title IX’s prohibition of sexual violence, which it defines
as: “physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a
person is incapable of giving consent. A number of acts fall into the
category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery,
and sexual coercion.” Title IX requires universities and colleges to
investigate reports of sexual assault and to provide internal grievance
Title IX at SMU
SMU’s Title IX
Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators are responsible for promoting University
policies, procedures and programs that foster inclusion based on sex and
that prohibit discrimination, harassment and assault based on sex.
SMU’s Title IX
Coordinator resides in the Office of Institutional Access and Equity,
which develops and manages University policies, procedures and programs of
equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. The office serves SMU
students, employees, applicants and visitors.
comments or concerns, contact the SMU Title IX Coordinator: