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Title IX

Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against those practices.

Title IX also requires colleges and universities that receive federal funding to address gender-based violence and harassment, and respond to the needs of survivors to ensure that all students have equal access to education.

“It is the policy of Southwestern University … to maintain both an academic and a working environment free from all forms of sexual harassment of any employee or applicant for, employment, student, donor, or former student volunteer or any other constituent of the University.”

A 2007 membership survey revealed the following nine words most represented Title IX's impact on higher education: Opportunity, Equity, Participation, Fairness, Access, Education, Dreams, Respect, Inclusion.

Campus security

Campus security and safety is an important feature of postsecondary education. The Department of Education is committed to assisting schools in providing students nationwide a safe environment in which to learn and to keep students, parents and employees well informed about campus security. These goals were advanced by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. The Department is committed to ensuring that postsecondary institutions are in full compliance with that Act, and enforcement of the Act is a priority of the Department.