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What is Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the gender of students and employees of educational institutions which receive federal financial assistance.

"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..."
20 U.S.C. § 1681

University Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
In accordance with Title IX regulations, the East Carolina University has designated Dr. Lathan E. Turner as the University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students. Dr. Turner is charged with monitoring compliance with these regulations. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns and complaints of non-compliance, may be directed to him. 

If you are a student who believes you have been subjected to (1) sexual harassment by University faculty or staff; or (2) any other form of gender discrimination under Title IX, you may report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Deputy Title IX Coordinator in the Dean of Students Office.  Complaints must be submitted by filling out the Student Complaint Form, or the complaint form provided by the Office for Equity and Diversity which can be found at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/oed/grievance-form.cfm.

If you are a student who believes you have been or are the victim of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct, by another University student, you may report such conduct or file a complaint under Title IX with the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and/or the Police.  You may report a complaint electronically using the Student Affairs complaint form accessible at:  Student Complaint Form or the complaint form provided by the Office for Equity and Diversity http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/oed/grievance-form.cfm.

Federal and state laws prohibit the taking of retaliatory measures against any individual who files a complaint in good faith.


Dr. Lathan E. Turner
Associate Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
The Dean of Students Office
362 Wright Building
Phone: (252) 328-9297
Email: TurnerLa@ecu.edu

LaKesha Alston
Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity and Title IX Coordinator
Office for Equity and Diversity
Old Cafeteria Building, Suite G-406, Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: (252) 328‑6804
Email: alstonl@ecu.edu


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 assistance 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

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