Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) defines and ensures sex and gender equity in education.

Title IX prohibits all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual assault and harassment, in federally funded education programs, and applies to academic programs and Bates sponsored off-campus programs (including Fall Semester Abroad). In part, the Federal Title IX policy reads: “…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.[1]

In brief, Title IX:

  • Prohibits sexual harassment
  • Prevents discrimination based on pregnancy (e.g., ensures pregnant students have access to education)
  • Provides equal opportunity in athletics
  • Provides equal opportunity in employment in education fields
  • Promotes equal attention and a supportive learning environment (e.g., strives to eliminate gender stereotypes in educational materials)
  • Ensures equitable and fair standardized testing
  • Promotes equal access to higher education, math and science fields, technology, and vocational education

Learn more about Title IX at Bates College, including our policy on Sexual Misconduct and Harassment, on the Bates College Sexual Respect and Title IX website.

Gwen Lexow
Title IX Officer

[1] Title IX  20 U.S.C. § 1681 & 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (1972)