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“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” –Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities. Title IX applies to public and private educational institutions that receive federal funds–including Boise State University.

While traditionally known as the federal law that required women be given similar opportunity to participate in athletics as men, Title IX protects every ones’ right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in connection with all university related activities and opportunities. Discrimination on the basis of sex generally includes sexual harassment and sexual assault and may include dating violence, domestic violence, and “bullying” on the basis of sex, gender, or gender stereotypes.

Collectively, Boise State policies 1065, 1060, and Title IX:

  • Protect students in connection with all academic, educational, extra-curricular, athletic, and other programs of the school, including school-sponsored or condoned activities (off-campus trips, sororities and fraternities affiliated with school, etc.).
  • Cover activities that occur off school grounds if there is carry-over into the educational setting (e.g., if a student is sexually assaulted off-campus by another student and must continue to interact with or see the assailant on campus)

The Office of Title IX and Institutional Equity coordinates the prompt, unbiased response to all reported instances of alleged discrimination and harassment, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct involving students, faculty, and staff through impartial and thorough investigation and equitable and timely resolution. The staff in the Office of Title IX and Institutional Equity serve in a neutral role and can speak with all parties involved in a complaint about their rights and their support and resource options.