1. What is Title IX?
  2. Who is protected under Title IX?
  3. Does Title IX cover sexual violence?
  4. What is sexual harassment?
  5. Does Title IX apply mostly to athletics?
  6. Does Title IX require females and males to be given the same resources?
  7. Who is responsible for enforcing Title IX?
  8. What is the University of Miami's policy against sexual harassment?
  9. Will my complaint remain confidential?
  10. Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns about Title IX?

1. What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions. It is one of several federal and state anti-discrimination laws that define and ensure equality in education. The regulations implementing Title IX, published in 1975, prohibit discrimination, exclusion, denial, limitation, or separation based on gender. Title IX states that: 

"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." 

2. Who is protected under Title IX?

The law requires educational institutions to maintain policies, practices, and programs that do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of gender. Title IX requires that everyone receive fair and equitable treatment in all areas of education.Title IX covers men and women, boys and girls, staff, and students in any educational institution receiving federal funding. 

3. Does Title IX cover sexual violence?

Title IX covers sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Sexual violence means physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent. A number of acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion. 

4. What is Sexual Harassment?

Unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. 

5. Does Title IX apply mostly to athletics?

Athletics is one of the key areas addressed under Title IX, but the law applies to every single aspect of education, including admission, recruitment, comparable facilities, access to course offerings, access to schools of vocational education, counseling and counseling materials, financial assistance, student health and insurance benefits and/or services, housing marital and parental status of students, physical education and athletics, education programs and activities, and employment. 

6. Does Title IX require female persons and male persons to be given the same resources?

Title IX requires equal opportunities to participate in the full range of extracurricular activities, equal opportunity to access all courses and programs, and equal opportunity to participate in athletics. 

7. Who is responsible for enforcing Title IX?

Title IX is enforced by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education. The OCR branch which services Florida institutions is:

Office for Civil Rights
Atlanta Office
U.S. Department of Education
61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T10
Atlanta, GA 30303-8927
Telephone: (404) 974-9406
Facsimile: (404) 974-9471
Email: OCR.Atlanta@ed.gov

8. What is the University of Miami's policy against sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment of any form is unlawful and prohibited by the University. For more information on the policy, please visit Sexual Harassment B105. 

9. Will my complaint remain confidential?

The University will make all reasonable efforts to keep and protect the confidentiality of all parties involved, provided that it does not interfere with the University's ability to investigate and take corrective action. 

10.Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns about Title IX?

Institutions receiving federal funds are required to designate a Title IX compliance officer. The University of Miami Title IX Coordinator is Bonnie M. Muschett, Director of Compliance, University Compliance Services. University Compliance Services is located on the Coral Gables Campus, Gables One Tower, 1320 South Dixie Highway, Suite 700, Coral Gables, FL 33146, Phone: (305) 284-8624.