Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on gender (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in educational programs which receive federal financial assistance. Areas of the institution where Title IX may have application include athletics, student recruitment and admissions, financial aid, scholarships, course offerings and access, employment, and residential housing services. Title IX also protects all students and employees from unlawful sexual harassment in school programs and activities, as well as sexual assault, which are both forms of unlawful discrimination under Title IX.
Willamette University has established a committee of Title IX Coordinators to respond to concerns in these areas. Questions related to this policy can be directed to Jackie Balzer, Special Assistant for Student Success and Retention, who serves as chair of this committee and is the university’s central Title IX Coordinator. A person may also file a complaint with the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by visiting their website or calling 1-800-421-3481.