Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Under the law, sexual harassment and sexual violence, which are forms of sex discrimination, are also prohibited.

About Title IX at Washington University

All individuals participating in educational programs or activities that are affiliated with WashU – including faculty, staff, students and third-parties attending university-sponsored events – are protected by Title IX.

GETIXCO’s 2021-22 Annual Report is now available. This inaugural report provides information about University’s sexual harassment and misconduct response and prevention efforts, including the prevalence of reports by our community members, from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. The Annual Report is designed to increase transparency (within the constraints of confidentiality), raise awareness, and promote constructive community dialogue. It contains information about the experiences of students, faculty and staff, as well as supportive measures and resources available both on and off campus. If you have feedback about the report, please send it to us at titleix@wustl.edu.

Learn more about WashU’s commitment to addressing the serious issues of sexual assault and misconduct on our campus as we keep a firm focus on ensuring that our students are supported, treated fairly and respectfully, and given the appropriate tools to navigate the Title IX process.

See the Title IX Strategic Working Group 2018-19 End of Year Report (PDF) for a summary of Implementation Teams that were created, as well as the charges, outcomes and further recommendations that each Implementation Team reported.

Proposed Changes to Title IX

On July 5, 2022, the Biden Administration released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), announcing its proposed changes to Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all federally-funded programs and activities.

The changes contained in the NPRM touch on many areas of Title IX, including broadening the definition of sexual harassment, expanding the implications of off-campus conduct, prohibiting exclusion based on gender identity, defining all employees as “mandatory reporters,” providing more flexibility in the investigative process, and expanding the boundaries of supportive measures.

The U.S. Department of Education received more than 240,000 comments on the NPRM. Because it will take some time to review and respond to these comments, we do not know when any new Title IX regulations will go into effect.

You can find the NPRM here, and a summary of the major provisions here

Students who need support should contact the Habif Health and Wellness Center or the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center.

Support for faculty and staff is available through Work-Life Solutions or by contacting us.