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Preventing Sexual Assault, Gender Inequality, and Discrimination

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The Education Amendments of 1972, later renamed to the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in 2002 after its most prominent author, was a collection of amendments to congressional acts of the early 1960s. The most notable and enduring of those was Title IX, which prohibited any educational institution receiving federal financial assistance (including federally subsidized student loans) from discriminating on the basis of sex.

As with most legislation over time, there has been some evolution in Title IX as federal judges make decisions and create precedents regarding the law. In its current state,

“Title IX protects students, employees, applicants for admission and employment, and other persons from all forms of sex discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. All students (as well as other persons) at recipient institutions are protected by Title IX—regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, part- or full-time status, disability, race, or national origin—in all aspects of a recipient’s educational programs and activities.”
~U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Title IX Resource Guide (Apr. 2015).

Equality on campus is far more nuanced than many might think. It includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, admissions, counseling, financial assistance, athletics, treatment of pregnant and parenting students, discipline, employment, and the classroom environment (faculty comments, assignments, and participation opportunities). Perhaps most important is the inclusion of sexual harassment and violence as a form of discrimination, and Title IX mandates that educational programs “take immediate and effective steps to end sexual harassment and sexual violence.”

As a result, educational institutions should make constant and ongoing improvement to safety on campus as well as ensure that the justice system on campus will place the needs of the student first. This is to foster an environment that emphasizes personal autonomy, equality, and the capacity to reach one’s full potential without fear of another’s undue influence. Winthrop University is serious about Title IX compliance and implores anyone affiliated with the university or community to report any incidents of harassment or discrimination, as well as feel welcomed to make suggestions and facilitate conversations about potential steps towards making the university as safe and inclusive as it can possibly be.

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