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Title IX

Title IX refers to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 [20 U.S.C. § 1681] which is a federal law that states the following:

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.

As a recipient of federal financial assistance, Cerritos College is subject to the requirements of Title IX Basics 


  • Title IX is a federal law that was passed in 1972.
  • It prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.
  • Cerritos College receives federal financial assistance, so it must work to prevent acts of sex discrimination in campus programs and activities. In addition, the College must respond promptly and appropriately to any reports of sex discrimination it receives.
  • “Sex discrimination” includes discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression, and sexual orientation.
  • Students who are pregnant or nursing are also protected by Title IX. More information about pregnancy and nursing student rights can be found here: Pregnancy Rights and Resources.
  • Forms of sex discrimination include sexual harassment (note that sexual assault — any act of nonconsensual sexual contact or sexual intercourse — is a form of sexual harassment), different treatment based on sex and retaliation.
  • Cerritos College also addresses dating violence, domestic violence and gender-based stalking using its policy, such as: BP 3410 & AP 3410 Nondiscrimination, AP 3435 Discrimination and Harassment Investigations, and BP 5500 Standards of Student Conduct.
  • Title IX’s protection extends to a broad array of college programs, benefits and services, including: admission/recruitment, housing, facilities, access to classes, counseling, financial assistance, employment assistance, health insurance, marital or parental status, including pregnancy, athletics, and employment.
  • Some of the ways in which the College is trying to prevent sex discrimination include: campus-wide efforts aimed at raising awareness about and preventing sex discrimination; adoption of a policy prohibiting sex discrimination; designation of a Title IX coordinator responsible for coordinating campus’ efforts to prevent sex discrimination from occurring and to respond promptly and appropriately if it occurs; and establishing procedures for receiving and responding to complaints of sex discrimination.

For more information on Title IX and its requirements, you can visit the website of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.

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