What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sexual assault, harassment, sexual misconduct and/or discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX applies to all education programs, activities and services at East Carolina University.
"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
History of Title IX
Bernice Sandler, a part-time faculty member at the University of Maryland was told that "she was too strong for a woman" and "she should go back to being a housewife." Sandler used existing federal laws, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as a foundation to start a movement that would ensure women the right to not be discriminated against because of their sex. Later, Congress passed the legislation which amended the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which assured that sex discrimination would be prohibited with executives, administrators, professionals, and educational institutions. President Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 on June 23, 1972. For forty years, Title IX has worked to ensure equity in education.