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Title IX

What is Title IX

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 [20 U.S.C. § 1681] is a federal civil rights law that states:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. 

As a recipient of federal financial assistance, Orange Coast College is subject to the requirements of Title IX. This means Orange Coast College must respond promptly and effectively and is obligated to take reasonable steps to eliminate the behavior, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects.

Federal and state legislation, Supreme Court decisions, and guidance from the U.S. Department of Education have broadened the scope of Title IX to include:

  • Sex discrimination, including discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression, and sexual orientation
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Dating, domestic, and intimate partner violence
  • Stalking

Relevant Laws and Policies: