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Penn State is very committed to addressing issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence and designed the SHARE website which provides information about resources and reporting options when a violation has occurred. You may wish to view this site for Penn State specific information.

Know Your Rights: Title IX Prohibits Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Where You Go to School

(Use of the term “sexual harassment” throughout this document includes sexual violence unless otherwise noted.)

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities (hereinafter “schools”) receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

Below is additional information regarding the specific requirements of Title IX as they pertain to sexual harassment and sexual violence.

What are a school’s responsibilities to address sexual harassment and sexual violence?

What procedures must a school have in place to prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence and resolve complaints?

Every School Must Have And Distribute A Policy Against Sex Discrimination

Every School Must Have A Title IX Coordinator

Every School Must Have And Make Known Procedures For Students To File Complaints Of Sex Discrimination.

If you want to learn more about your rights, or if you believe that a school district, college, or university is violating Federal law, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, at (800) 421-3481 or ocr@ed.gov. If you wish to fill out a complaint form online, you may do so at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html.

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