Title IX

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. .1681 et seq.) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs receiving Federal financial assistance. Athletics are considered an integral part of an institution's education program and are therefore covered by this law. 

Title IX states:  "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." 

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. All such acts of sexual violence are forms of sexual harassment covered under Title IX. 

Who does Title IX apply to? 

Title IX applies to all educational institutions, both public and private, that receive federal funds. This means all students, faculty and staff are protected by Title IX. 

Who is responsible for enforcing Title IX?

Compliance with Title IX is a shared responsibility of an entire institution, from top-level administration to individual staff members. Institutions are required to investigate any complaints of gender discrimination. In addition, all students and employees must be notified of the name, office address and telephone number of the designated Title IX coordinator.  

UNK’s Title IX Coordinator is: 

Mary Chinnock Petroski
Chief Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equity and Compliance
Warner Hall, Suite 2113
(308) 865-8655

Who is responsible for reporting Title IX?

Responsible Employees:

With the exception of those specifically designated as confidential resources, all UNK employees are required to report incidents of sexual misconduct they witness or learn of in the course of employment.  Employees who are in a supervisory, managerial, or upper administrative role are what Title IX terms “Responsible Employees”.  Responsible Employees are required to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX coordinator’s office.  Employees who are not designated as “Responsible Employees” under Title IX, are required to report sexual misconduct incidents to their supervisors, however, they may also report incidents to the Title IX office. 

Office of Civil Rights Information

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education enforces Title IX. OCR has the authority to develop policy on the regulations it enforces. Anyone may file an OCR complaint, and the identity of the party who files the complaint will be kept confidential. 

Office for Civil Rights
Kansas City Office
U.S. Department of Education
One Petticoat Lane
1010 Walnut Street, Suite 320 
Kansas City, MO 64106
Telephone: 816-268-0550
FAX: 816-268-0559
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: OCR.KansasCity@ed.gov 

Procedures for Filing a Complaint 
Employee Sexual Misconduct Procedures
Student Sexual Misconduct Procedures