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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.

Protection from Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct is a wide range of behavior including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence (including dating and domestic violence), and stalking. Miami works to prevent sexual misconduct from occurring, and responds seriously and appropriately to all reports of sexual misconduct.

Protection for Pregnant and Parenting Status

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including on the basis of pregnancy and parenting status. The university is required to provide reasonable accommodations due to pregnancy and parenting needs, including excused absences, changes in the work environment, or alternative participation options.  If you feel that reasonable accommodations are not being provided, please contact the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students.


"Title IX and Sex Discrimination” US Department of Education (ED)

"Sex-Based Harassment” US Department of Education (ED)

"Sex Discrimination" US Department of Education (ED).

"Know Your Rights: Pregnant or Parenting? Title IX Protects You From Discrimination At School” US Department of Education (ED)