About Title IX

What is Title IX? No sex discrimination. No sexual assault. Period. It's federal law. It's not just about sports. The law says no sex-based discrimination. Not just rape - it's harassment, stalking, threats, too. People of any sex, gender, identity or expression are protected. Because equal rights are for all. If you see something, say something, do something.

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. This law protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. 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.”

Title IX applies to any institution receiving federal financial assistance from the Department of Education, including state and local educational agencies. Educational programs and activities that receive federal funds from the Department of Education must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or because a person made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX.

UWL is committed to preventing and responding to sexual misconduct in order to ensure a safe and equitable educational environment for all.

We do so in compliance with Title IX and other federal and state laws, and in keeping with UWL's mission to provide "a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success."

Prohibited Conduct

The following behaviors are prohibited under Title IX and UWL's policy:

  • Sex Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Dating Violence
  • Domestic Violence
  • Stalking
  • Retaliation
  • Providing false information to a reporting or investigatory office on a Title IX matter
  • Refusal to comply with a reasonable request on a Title IX matter

Programs and Activities

Title IX's protection extends to a broad array of university programs, benefits, and services, including:

  • Admission/Recruitment/Counseling
  • Housing
  • Facilities
  • Access to Classes
  • Financial Assistance
  • Employment
  • Treatment of Pregnant and Parenting Students;
  • Discipline
  • Athletics
  • Sex-based harassment