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Title IX at Butler University

Title IX FAQ's

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in all university programs and activities, including, but not limited to, admissions, recruiting, financial aid, academic programs, student services, counseling and guidance, discipline, class assignment, grading, recreation, athletics, housing, and employment.

Please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website for additional information. 

What is discrimination?

Discrimination is any act that substantially interferes with a person’s work or education when such act is based on race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or any other protected characteristic.

Who is responsible for enforcing Title IX?

Institutions are responsible for complying with federal laws. 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.

Who oversees the Title IX process at the University?

The Title IX Coordinator facilitates the implementation of the Policy on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Domestic Violence, and ensures prompt investigation of complaints alleging sexual harassment; reviews findings as to whether sexual harassment occurred; reviews proposed remedies (including interim measures) necessary to address the sexual harassment, eliminate any hostile environment, and prevent its reoccurrence; and ensures the University’s compliance with Title IX. 

How do I file a complaint?

Any member of the campus community, guest or visitor who believes there is a violation of the Policy on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Domestic Violence should contact the Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Deputy Coordinators, Vice President for Student Affairs, or University Police. View the Title IX process flow chart for more information. 

  • For online Campus Security Authority reporting, click here; personally identifiable information may be withheld at the complainant’s request.
  • The Butler University Police Department “Silent Watch” online reporting form can be found here. This form of reporting can be anonymous.  However, anonymous complaints will be investigated.

What is the length of time it takes for cases under Title IX to be investigated and resolved?

Most cases are investigated and resolved within 60 days of receiving a complaint. Often we are able to resolve them much more quickly than that, but there are also times when there are complicating factors that require us to take more time.  For example, there may be times when a student files an initial complaint but is leaving for a study abroad trip.  Situations like this may lengthen the time required for an investigation.

Does Title IX only apply to discrimination against women?

While Title IX has been used mostly by women seeking to protect their rights, Title IX also serves to protect the rights of men. Title IX requires that males and females receive fair and equitable treatment in all areas of education.