Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972

Oklahoma State University, as a public educational institution, must abide by Title IX regulations because it receives federal funding though federal financial aid programs used by students.  Specifically, Title IX states: “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 program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Both Title IX and University Policy prohibit discrimination in services or benefits offered by the University based upon gender.

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination and therefore prohibited under Title IX.  Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

The following are examples of types of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment:

  • Inappropriate touching, patting, or pinching
  • Physical assault or coerced sexual activity
  • Demands or subtle pressure for sexual favors
  • Obscene phone calls, texts, email, or gestures

Any person (student, faculty, staff, or guest) who believes that discriminatory practices have been engaged in based upon gender may discuss these concerns and file informal or formal complaints of possible violations of Title IX with the Title IX Coordinator.

It is the policy of this university to provide equal employment and educational opportunity on the basis of merit without discrimination because of age, race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veterans’ status, or disability. 

Faculty and Staff Mandatory Training (Enter OSU Training Site)

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education has issued additional Title IX guidelines of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Universities are under scrutiny regarding compliance with Title IX.  The Education Amendments of 1972 prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender at educational institutions that receive federal funding.  Title IX is in some ways analogous to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that prohibits employment discrimination on the basis race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. Title VII prohibits sexual harassment in places of employment.  Title IX has broad implications.

However, the most recent emphasis has been on sexual violence and prevention.  As a result, universities are making efforts to inform members of their communities about the provisions of Title VII and Title IX and to fulfill the mandates of these important pieces of legislation.  Any university employee who works with students has federally mandated responsibilities for reporting possible incidents that are covered by this legislation.  All OSU Employees have been designated as a responsible employees and as a result are expected to take mandatory annual training on Title VII and Title IX.   We thank you for your commitment in assisting the University maintaining adherence to these federal compliance mandates and keeping our campus safe.


Faculty and staff may report incidents to:

Justin Lacy
Title IX Coordinator
409 General Academic Building


Students may report incidents to:

Student Conduct Office         
328 Student Union

Anyone can report anonymously using EthicsPoint.