Title IX, 46 Years of Advocacy
For over 45 years Title IX has protected students in this country from violence and inequality. The legislation, and those who work tirelessly to make sure it is followed correctly, help to insure that students are safe and not discriminated against. This Saturday marks the anniversary of the law being put into effect.
But Title IX is just for sports, right?
This law and everything it works to protect is still a mystery to many people. While its protections do apply to sports, it is so much more than that. Let’s start with the basics:
“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 education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
In 1972, 46 years ago, President Nixon signed the education amendment that is Title IX. A short and direct statement that covers a broad array of areas of discrimination on high school and college campuses. Title IX is meant to stop discrimination against all peoples in schools receiving funding from the Federal government. It is a way of holding the institutions accountable for discrimination and ideally having these institution’s work as a partner in justice.
So what all is Title IX protecting against?
- Sexual assault and harassment
- Gender based violence
- Tran’s discrimination
- Pregnancy and parenting discrimination
- Educational opportunity sex segregation
- And yes, finally Sports!
Title IX provides support services to students when they need it most, and the point is for schools to be safe welcoming learning environments. There have been countless cases in our country where Title IX attorneys, advocates and supporting agencies have had to step in and correct attempts to evade Title IX responsibilities.
Schools and universities in some cases have placed higher value on revenue than student well-being. Silencing students to avoid bad PR, not prosecuting revenue driving athletes, not wanting to “deal” with the problem, are issues that Title IX fights against every day and why it is so important. Title IX is not just striving towards equal opportunity education, which is very important in its own right, it is protecting people’s lives and safety.
CCS has staff dedicated to working with the Title IX coordinators at San Diego State University and the San Diego Community College District to ensure that students who have been sexually assaulted or harassed are provided resources and support. Whether it be advocacy with their teachers, legal support, emotional support, connection to CCS services, our advocate is there and available for all students.
If you or someone you know would like confidential support please reach out to our advocates on both San Diego State and the Community College District campuses or our 24/7 Support Hotline.
24/7 Confidential Support
Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, San Diego State University
Campus Advocacy Coordinator, San Diego Community College District
858-272-5777 ext. 143 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to learn more about Title IX check out these great resources to be informed and know your rights under Title IX.