What is Title IX?

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The New Federal Title IX Regulations – May 6, 2020


What is Title IX?

The University of Mary Washington (UMW) is serious about its stand against sexual and gender based violence and interpersonal violence. UMW continues to provide support,  resources and education to all members of its community.

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

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.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the gender of students and employees of educational institutions which receive federal financial assistance.

Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. In compliance with Title IX, the University of Mary Washington prohibits discrimination in employment as well as in all programs and activities on the basis of sex.

Title IX regulations state every institution must have a designated Title IX coordinator. The University has named Stefanie Lucas-Waverly as the Title IX Coordinator.


The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX in the most extreme circumstances can include the termination of all or part of an institution’s federal funding. In addition to the loss of federal funds, universities may be sued by those seeking redress for violations of Title IX. It is essential that institutions receiving federal financial assistance operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. To ensure the University’s compliance with the law, adherence to Title IX regulations is everyone’s responsibility.