“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 . . . .” 20 U.S.C. § 1681(a).
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, and sexual coercion. Title IX also requires that equal opportunity in athletics be provided.
Individuals with concerns or questions about Title IX may contact the University of Maine at Farmington’s Title IX Coordinators as follows:
For any complaint involving a UMF student:
Assistant Director of Student Life/Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Student Center, Room 112
For any complaints involving staff, faculty, contractors, visitors, volunteers, community partners or other third party:
Human Resource Director/Title IX Coordinator
Merrill Hall, Suite 102
Title IX also prohibits retaliation for raising a complaint under Title IX or for advocating for a right protected by Title IX.
The University of Maine System, including all of its institutions, has a System-wide Policy Against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Stalking and Retaliation. This UMF-specific edition provides information on how and where to file a complaint, area resources, and details regarding confidential, anonymous, and other reporting options. It also outlines how all UMF employees, excluding UMF’s licensed clinical counselors, are mandatory reporters.
Information on how to file a complaint of sexual harassment, sexual assault, discrimination or other policy violations can be found in the UMF Student Handbook under the Student Conduct Code and the Equal Opportunity Complaint Procedure.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is the entity that is charged with enforcing Title IX compliance. Inquiries about these issues may also be referred to the local branch of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921, telephone (617) 289-0111, fax (617) 289-0150, TTY (877) 521.2172 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The website for the Office of Civil Rights can be located by following this link: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.htm