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Office of Equal Opportunity and Office of Title IX

Title IX

The Office of Title IX, in collaboration with University partners, works to build and maintain a safe, gender equitable environment for students, faculty and staff in all aspects of educational programming and employment. The Office is responsible for ensuring compliance with the University's anti-discrimination policies related to sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The University of Denver is committed to providing support and assistance to all members of our campus community who are impacted by gender-based discrimination, harassment, and violence, including sexual assault, relationship or dating violence, and stalking. DU has made substantial changes in Title IX staffing, procedures and response in the last year and is continuing to develop best practices to respond to and prevent sexual assaults. 


what is title ix?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that: 

"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."

The program is administered by the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Many people think of Title IX as a program that was created to ensure equity in sports programs for men and women. Today, all educational institutions are required to address gender-based discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), and violence, including sexual violence, relationship violence (dating and domestic violence), and stalking. OCR identifies these behaviors or actions as 'harassment' generally. 

Universities must address behavior directed at someone based on: 

  • sex or gender (female or male);
  • sexual orientation;
  • gender identity;
  • gender expression;
  • pregnancy or parenting. 

Universities are required to: 

  • Eliminate the behavior;
  • Prevent its reoccurrence; and
  • Address its effects. 



The University of Denver provides a number of resources for individuals impacted by sexual (gender) violence.

If you're not sure what to do or who to contact, we're here to help. Contact CAPE, the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment, at 303-871-3853. CAPE is a free, confidential resource and can help guide you through your options while providing advocacy and support.