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What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in both educational programs and employment. It applies to all aspects of employment and education programs and activities at the University.

Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment which is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

  • Quid pro quo: An employee of the university conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the institution on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct.
  • Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s education program or activity.
  • Sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as defined in other federal laws (Clery Act and VAWA).

In addition, Title IX covers reports when:

  • The conduct is alleged to have been perpetrated against a person in the United States;
  • The conduct is alleged to have taken place within the University’s programs and activities; and
  • At the time of the filing or signing of the Formal Complaint, the Complainant is participating in or attempting to participate in the University’s programs or activities.

Title IX also prohibits discrimination based on sex or gender in other ways, including but limited to:

  • Academic courses and programs
  • Athletics
  • Financial Aid
  • Housing
  • Pregnancy or parenthood

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex. The University provides many resources to students, faculty, staff and visitors to address concerns relating to discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual misconduct.