The Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments is a powerful tool for combating ender violence in school. Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in any educational program receiving federal funding.
The Clery Act
This Act is a federal law that requires colleges to report crimes that occue "on campus" and school safety policies, while also requiring schools to have timely warning when there are known risk to public safety on campus.
"Dear Colleague Letter"
The "Dear Collegue Letter" discusses the specific requirements of Title IX, and the obligations schools have to address campus sexual violence. While it is not law, it is a guidance material from the U.S. Department of Education.
Title IX in High School
- Title IX protects any person from sex-based discrimination, regardless of their sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression
- Schools must have a clear, well-publicized procedure for responding to complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence.
- Your school must be proactive in ensuring that your campus is safe for you.
- Your school or school district must designate an employee as a "Title IX coordinator."
For more Title IX rights click here.
The Clery Act
- The Clery Act was named after Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered in her dorm room by a fellow student on April 5, 1986.
- This act contains the Campus Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights, which requires colleges to disclose educational programming, campus disciplinary process, and victim rights regarding sexual violence complaints.
- In 2013 the Clery Act was expanded by the Campus SaVE Act which broadened the requirements to address all incidents of sexual violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
For more information on the Clery Act click here.
Want to file a title ix complaint?
- File a Title IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Education to initiate an investigation into your school's policies and practices
- File a civil lawsuit against your school under Title IX