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50th Anniversary
Title IX

50th Anniversary
Title IX

Title IX 50th Anniversary

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. June 23, 2022, marks the 50th anniversary of the date the bill was signed. In honor of 50 years, learn more about Title IX, how it impacts you, important resources, and various events NWACC will be hosting. 

About Title IX

Female Student

Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.

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.”

Thirty-seven powerful words of protection. With these words, and the inclusion of the word “activity”, academic opportunities and non-academic opportunities were extended to women, where previously and often discrimination was standard practice.

Title IX applies to schools, local and state educational agencies, and other institutions that receive federal financial assistance from Department of Education. These recipients include approximately 17,600 local school districts, over 5,000 postsecondary institutions and charter schools, for-profit schools, libraries and museums. Also included are vocational rehabilitation agencies and education agencies of 50 states, the District of Columbia, and territories of the United States.

OCR vigorously enforces Title IX to ensure that institutions that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education comply with the law. OCR evaluates, investigates and resolves complaints alleging sex discrimination. OCR also conducts proactive investigations, through directed investigations or compliance reviews, to examine potential systemic violations based on sources of information other than complaints.

Historical Timeline

Title IX Timeline

Infographic by The Clery Center.

Who is protected by Title IX?


NWACC and Title IX

Under Title IX, NWACC does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs and activities that it operates. In addition to Title IX, the college's non-discrimination policy extends to admission, employment and other programs and activities. View the college's Title IX web page to learn more: www.nwacc.edu/TitleIX.


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