Title IX - Office of Sexual Misconduct, Prevention & Response

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released sweeping regulations directing schools to implement new procedures to address Title IX-based reports of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Many of these provisions have already been in place at Penn State for several years, so certain components within the University's existing procedures have not changed.

The new regulations have narrower parameters for what is considered Prohibited Conduct under Title IX. Any alleged sexual misconduct by students and employees that no longer meets the new Title IX parameters will be adjudicated within the University under a separate non-Title IX process.

A second major change is that the new regulations now mandate that regardless of whether a case involves students or employees, all Title IX cases must be adjudicated using the same process.

Penn State and its College of Medicine remain committed to the safety and well-being of all students and employees.

See Title IX policies and contacts and read more on our Current Students website.