About Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972

"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.” 

20 U.S.C. § 1681(a)

Sex and gender-based discrimination is prohibited under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 which stipulates that educational programs and activities that receive ED funds must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. Some key issue areas in which recipients have Title IX obligations are:

  • recruitment, admissions, and counseling;
  • financial assistance;
  • athletics;
  • sex-based harassment;
  • treatment of pregnant and parenting students;
  • discipline;
  • single-sex education; and
  • employment.

Sex and gender-based discrimination can also include unwelcome conduct that is sexual in nature, otherwise known as sexual harassment. Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking are extreme forms of sexual harassment that are prohibited under Title IX (See POL-U1600.04).

Additionally, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX.

It is Western’s goal to maintain an environment that is free from all forms of illegal harassment and discrimination. All inquiries concerning the application of policies and procedures for the prevention of sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual violence under Title IX should be referred to Western’s Title IX Coordinator.

Western's Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Melynda Huskey serves as Interim Executive Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, and Western’s Title IX Coordinator. Within this role, Dr. Huskey has the following functions and strategic priorities:

  • Provides advice and oversight on policies, preventive educational programs, resources and services required under Title IX;

  • Oversees all complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well as identifies and addresses any patterns or systematic problems that arise during the review of complaints;

  • Responds promptly to reports of sexual harassment as defined in POL-U1600.04 by contacting the complainant to discuss the availability of supportive measures, consider the complainant’s wishes with respect to supportive measures, inform the complainant of the availability of supportive measures with or without the filing of a formal complaint, and explain to the complainant the process for filing a formal complaint. 

Dr. Melynda Huskey

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Title IX Administrators

Title IX Administrators are those individuals who are involved in overseeing, investigating, adjudicating or facilitating an informal resolution process after a formal complaint of sexual harassment has been filed. 

In compliance with the Title IX regulation Addressing Sexual Harassment, Title IX Administrators must serve impartially, including by avoiding prejudgment of the facts at issue, conflicts of interest, and bias. See the Title IX Administrator Resources web-page to review the terms and concepts used to train Western's Title IX Administrators.