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Title IX and what it means.
Title IX is a federal law that protect participants in educational programs from sex discrimination. The attorneys at Duffy Law have published detailed information about Title IX on their website. In this article, we will discuss the basics of Title IX.
Filing Title IX Complaints
Title IX complaints can be filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforcement office. The OCR is responsible for enforcing Title IX, including evaluating alleged sexual discrimination. The OCR is also responsible for providing guidance to educational institutions regarding Title IX.
Aspects Covered Under Title IX
Title IX covers all forms of discrimination in any educational institute. In some cases, museums and libraries are also included under Title IX.
Sexual Discrimination in Sports:
Acts of sexual discrimination are not limited to teasing or harassing only. In situations where the school has gender-biased teams for specific sports, you are eligible to file a Title IX complaint. But the complaint must first be handled by the school’s grievance process where there is a good chance that the matter will be resolved internally.
Discrimination in School
Title IX also includes protections for sexual assault, which can include sexual comments or mistreatment of any kind.
When to File a Title IX Complaint.
A complaint under Title IX should be filed within 180 days from the act of discrimination. In certain cases, the time can be extended by the enforcement officer director.
What to Include in a Title IX Complaint
A Title IX complaint should include the complete details of the scenario including, the time, day, date, and location of the incident. The complaint should also include who was discriminated against and if the complaint is being sent on someone else’s behalf. Instead of writing a narrative with an informal writing style, Title IX complaints are to be written in a formal tone.
How to File
Title IX complaints can be filed online or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you file an electronic complaint or use snail mail, you will be required to sign a consent form allowing OCR to proceed with the case. In the case of an online submission, you will receive the consent form in a PDF format after you fill the details of the form and before you press the final submit.
After Filing a Title IX Complaint
The best-case scenario for the one you filed against would be OCR negotiating voluntary compliance. The worst-case scenario for the institution you have filed against is that they would stop receiving funds from the federal government.