Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states:

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..."
20 U.S.C. § 1681

Programs and activities which may be included are: admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, athletics, housing and employment. Title IX also protects male and female students from unlawful sexual harassment in school programs and activities.

The University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex. The University of Memphis provides many resources to students, faculty and staff to address concerns relating to discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes sexual misconduct.

Title IX Coordinator

The Director of the Office for Institutional Equity oversees and provides leadership for the University's Title IX activities and any deputy Title IX Coordinators. Responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator include:

  • Tracking and monitoring incidents, including sex discrimination and sexual misconduct;
  • Ensuring that the University responds effectively to each complaint;
  • Where appropriate, conducting investigations of particular situations; and
  • Overseeing the University's education and training activities related to sex discrimination including sexual misconduct.

Individuals with questions, concerns or a complaint related to Title IX are encouraged to contact the University's Title IX Coordinator:

Michael S. Washington
Director, Office for Institutional Equity
The University of Memphis
156 Administration Building
Memphis, TN 38152-3370
Tel: (901) 678-2713
Fax: (901) 678-4800
Email: oie@memphis.edu

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