About Title IX

Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. This law protects people (students, employees, and others) from discrimination based on sex in educational programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Covered Persons at educational 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 the institution’s educational programs and activities.

Statement Regarding Revised Title IX Regulations Proposed in November 2018

On November 29, 2018, the Department of Education (DOE) proposed new Title IX rules regarding how schools handle allegations of sexual misconduct.  A summary of the major provisions of the regulatory action and public comments submitted to DOE in response to the proposed rules can be found here. The DOE will consider and address the feedback and questions raised in the public comments before issuing its final ruling. The University of Miami will continue to foster an environment in which its students, faculty and staff are free from sexual misconduct and other illegal discriminatory practices. You can view the University Comment here.

Sex- or gender-based discrimination is wrong. It is illegal. It will not be tolerated. The University of Miami is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment, free from any form of sexual misconduct, including sex- or gender-based discrimination, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.  

The Title IX Office will continue to monitor any developments relating to the proposed regulations and keep the University community updated as needed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns about Title IX?

    The University's Title IX Office works for prevent, stop, and address sexual misconduct accross all university campuses and for all community members:

    Beverly Pruitt, Title IX Coordinator
    Maria Sevilla, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
    Gables One Tower, Suite 100
    Phone: (305) 284-8624

  • What is Title IX?

    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions. It is one of several federal and state anti-discrimination laws that define and ensure equality in education. The regulations implementing Title IX, published in 1975, prohibit discrimination, exclusion, denial, limitation, or separation based on gender. 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."

  • Who is protected under Title IX?

    The law requires educational institutions to maintain policies, practices, and programs that do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of gender. Title IX requires that everyone receive fair and equitable treatment in all areas of education. Title IX covers men and women, boys and girls, staff, and students, in any educational institution receiving federal funding.

  • Does Title IX cover sexual violence?

    Title IX covers sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Sexual violence means physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent. A number of acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion.

  • What is sexual harassment?

    Unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

  • Does Title IX apply mostly to athletics?

    Athletics is one of the key areas addressed under Title IX, but the law applies to every single aspect of education, including admission, recruitment, comparable facilities, access to course offerings, access to schools of vocational education, counseling and counseling materials, financial assistance, student health and insurance benefits and/or services, housing marital and parental status of students, physical education and athletics, education programs and activities, and employment.

  • Does Title IX require females and males to be given the same resources?

    Title IX requires equal opportunities to participate in the full range of extracurricular activities, equal opportunity to access all courses and programs, and equal opportunity to participate in athletics.

  • Who is responsible for enforcing Title IX?

    Title IX is enforced by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education. The OCR branch which services Florida institutions is:

    Office for Civil Rights
    Atlanta Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T10
    Atlanta, GA 30303-8927
    Telephone: (404) 974-9406
    Facsimile: (404) 974-9471
    OCR.Atlanta@ed.gov

  • What is the University of Miami's policy against sexual harassment?

    Sexual harassment of any form is unlawful and prohibited by the University. For more information on the policy, please visit the Sexual Misconduct Policy.

  • Will my complaint remain confidential?

    The University will make all reasonable efforts to keep and protect the confidentiality of all parties involved, provided that it does not interfere with the University's ability to investigate and take corrective action.