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What Does Title 9 Protect Against?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972—simply referred to as “Title 9” by many people–officially protects students and staff from sexual discrimination in educational programs. However, to understand what Title 9 protects against, it is necessary to explore the definitions of discrimination that apply under the statute and associated regulations. An experienced Title 9 …

What’s the Impact of Title IX?

Fifty years ago, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 changed the education environment at colleges and universities throughout the United States. In the intervening years, the interpretations of what it means to provide equal opportunities in education have expanded, sometimes becoming quite nebulous. However, recent guidelines have provided clarification, including due process protections …

Does Title IX Include Harassment?

In 1972, the U.S. government enacted new laws to protect equal opportunities in education by prohibiting discrimination based on sex. These laws and associated regulations and interpretations are generally all referred to under the heading of Title IX. The language of Title IX directly refers to discrimination but makes no mention of harassment. However, interpretations …

Title IX No-Contact Orders: Here’s What You Need to Know

A No-Contact Order—which a Title IX lawyer will often refer to as an “NCO”—is commonly issued by colleges after someone has made a complaint of sexual assault or harassment. The complaint initiates a lengthy Title IX investigation and other processes that usually take considerable time to resolve. This means that an NCO can be in …