“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(a).
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, and sexual coercion. Title IX also requires that equal opportunity in athletics be provided.
The regulations implementing Title IX requires the University to “designate at least one employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under [Title IX].” 34 C.F.R. § 106.8. Individuals with concerns or questions about Title IX may contact the University of Maine’s Title IX Coordinator as follows:
Karen D. Kemble, Esq. Director
Office of Equal Opportunity
5754 North Stevens Hall, Room 101
University of Maine
Orono Maine 04469-5754
Title IX also prohibits retaliation for raising a complaint under Title IX or for advocating for a right protected by Title IX.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is the entity that is charged with enforcing Title IX compliance. Inquiries about these issues may also be referred to the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921, telephone (617) 289-0111, fax (617) 289-0150, TTY (877) 521.2172 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The website for the Office of Civil Rights can be located by following this link.