What is Title IX?
Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972 and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. This federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Title IX applies to all participants of such programs, including students, parents and faculty/staff members.
Title IX helps to foster safe and respectful university environments that better protect students, faculty and staff from incidents of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, and sex-based dating violence and stalking. In addition to knowing who K-State's Title IX Coordinator is, you should also review additional information about why Title IX is important and protects all university community members.
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What Does Title IX Require?
Title IX requires that the university not discriminate on the basis of sex under the education programs or activities it operates, subject to certain exceptions. To that end, it requires that the university adopt procedures that provide for a prompt and equitable resolution of student and employee complaints that allege actions prohibited by Title IX. The university does so through its PPM 3010 Policy, which provides a fair, prompt and equitable process through which the university processes all complaints of discrimination, including (but not limited to) discrimination in violation of Title IX, and investigates those complaints when warranted under that policy.
Who is protected?
Title IX’s prohibition against sex discrimination applies to persons under any education program or activity operated by the university. Title IX is not just for athletes—it applies to all students and employees. It applies without regard to sexual orientation, or whether the discrimination is perpetrated by individuals of the same or opposite sex.
Who can file a complaint?
The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) encourages anyone who is aware of incidents that may violate the PPM 3010 policy to contact us so we can process the matter. Under the university's policy, all employees designated as Responsible Employees (administrators and supervisors) are required to report complaints of discrimination, harassment, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence or sexual violence to the Office of Institutional Equity.
Kansas State University will maintain academic, housing, and work environments that are free of discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) and retaliation. Discrimination based on race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military status or veteran status is prohibited. Retaliation against a person for reporting or objecting to discrimination or harassment is a violation of this policy, whether or not discrimination or harassment occurred. This policy is not intended for, and will not be used to, infringe on academic freedom or to censor or punish students, faculty, employees or staff who exercise their legitimate First Amendment rights.