What is Title IX?

Title IX

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence (rape, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, or stalking), discrimination based on pregnancy, and the failure to provide equal opportunity in all areas of schooling such as admissions, educational programs, educational activities, or athletics.

In compliance with Title IX, UWM will not tolerate discrimination or harassing conduct that is based on a protected status. The University’s Discriminatory Conduct Policy, SAAP 5-1, Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy, SAAP 5-2, and Chapter UWS 17 prohibit, among other forms of discrimination, sex-based discrimination. Under UWM’s policies, sex-based discrimination is conduct that (1) significantly affects an aspect of an individual’s employment, education or participation in activities or programs at UWM; and (2) is based on sex, including gender identity or expression. Sexual harassment is a form of prohibited discrimination and is defined as unwanted conduct of a sexual nature that unreasonably interferes with the individual’s work, education or participation in activities or programs at UWM or creates a working or learning environment that a reasonable person would find threatening or intimidating. Sexual harassment may be of any type including oral, written or physical. Sexual violence is also a form of prohibited discrimination, and UWM defines sexual violence as physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent.

UWM policies also prohibit retaliation or obstruction. Individuals who are accused of sexual violence may not retaliate against the complainant and/or witnesses or obstruct the disciplinary investigation or proceedings. Retaliation and/or obstruction may result in additional nonacademic misconduct charges.

  • Retaliation: Retaliation is any adverse action made as a result of an individual’s complaint about prohibited conduct as described in Chapter UWS 17.
  • Obstruction: Obstruction is any interference with the disciplinary investigation or proceedings. This includes any actions toward the complainant and/or witnesses that would influence their participation in this disciplinary process. This also includes tampering with any evidence.