Title IX Of The Education Amendments Of 1972, 20 U.S.C. A§ 1681 Et. Seq.

Title IX Of The Education Amendments Of 1972, 20 U.S.C. A§ 1681 Et. Seq.

Overview of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

On June 23, 1972, the President signed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., into law. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against those practices.

Title IX applies, with a few specific exceptions, to all aspects of federally funded education programs or activities. In addition to traditional educational institutions such as colleges, universities, and elementary and secondary schools, Title IX also applies to any education or training program operated by a recipient of federal financial assistance. The Department of Education issued regulations on the requirements of Title IX, 34 C.F.R. § 106.1et seq., in 2000.  A Title IX common rule, published on August 30, 2000, covers education program providers/recipients that are funded by other federal agencies.

To get more information on Title IX, please visit the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights or the Educational Opportunities Section websites.

Statutes & Regulations

Rulemaking actions to effectuate regulations implementing Title IX:

  • Title IX Final Common Rule for 21 Federal agencies:  Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance (65 Fed. Reg. 52857) (HTML or PDF) and accompanying press release

Rulemaking actions to incorporate the Civil Rights Restoration Act's broadened definitions of "program or activity" and "program" into Title IX regulations:

title IX Materials

Executive Order 12250 authorizes the Department of Justice (the Department) to issue guidance and technical assistance to individuals and entities that have rights or responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.  These documents provide informal non-binding guidance to assist you in understanding Title IX and the Department's regulations. 

These guidance documents are not intended to be a final agency action, have no legally binding effect, and have no force or effect of law.  The documents may be rescinded or modified in the Department’s complete discretion, in accordance with applicable laws. The Department’s guidance documents do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities beyond what is required by the terms of the applicable statutes, regulations, or binding judicial precedent.  For more information, see "Memorandum for All Components: Prohibition of Improper Guidance Documents," from Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III, November 16, 2017.

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