Equity Assistance Center

Sexual Harassment Definition

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 state that: “No person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, or other education program or activity operated by a recipient which receives federal financial assistance.”

Specific prohibitions stated in the law are as follows.

  • Treating one person differently from another in determining whether such person satisfies any requirement or condition for the provision of such aid, benefit or service.
  • Providing different aid, benefits or services or provide aid, benefits or services in a different manner.
  • Denying any person any such aid, benefit or service.
  • Subjecting any person to separate or different rules of behavior, sanctions or other treatment.
  • Apply any rule concerning the domicile or residence of a student or applicant, including eligibility for in-state fees and tuition.
  • Aiding or perpetuating discrimination against any person by providing significant assistance to any agency, organization or person which discriminates on the basis of sex in providing any aid, benefit or service to students or employees.
  • Otherwise limiting any person in the enjoyment of any right, privilege, advantage or opportunity.