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What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including sexual orientation and gender identity—in any federally funded education program or activity. Originally adopted to address inequalities of girls and women in programs and activities such as athletics, today it provides protection against sexual harassment, sexual violence, bullying, pregnancy and parenting discrimination, and gender-based stereotyping and harassment.

Title IX is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). At UMass Amherst, the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access is responsible for compliance with Title IX at UMass Amherst and for overseeing the university’s policy and procedures.

Kerri Thompson Tillett, J.D.

Title IX Coordinator
Associate Vice Chancellor Equal Opportunity and Access
225 Bartlett Hall, 130 Hicks Way

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