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 of the 1972 Education Amendments is a powerful tool for combating campus violence. The law requires colleges and universities receiving federal funding to combat gender-based violence and harassment, and respond to survivors’ needs in order to ensure that all students have equal access to education. Students who have used Title IX — either by filing federal complaints or civil lawsuits — have created meaningful change on their campuses. For more information on this groundbreaking legislation, check out:
Want to Use Title IX to Improve Your Campus?
You have two main options*:
- File a Title IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Education to initiate an investigation into your school’s policies and practices
- File a civil lawsuit against your school under Title IX
*A complaint and a lawsuit are not mutually exclusive, but the OCR will not conduct an investigation while a lawsuit is in progress. For information on these options, check out:
- The Campus SaVE Act, recent legislation that may be relevant to your complaint
- Media strategies to put additional pressure on your school
Although these resources have been written with the guidance of legal experts, we are not lawyers, and the information on this website does not constitute legal advice. We encourage you to contact a lawyer to discuss your complaint or suit.