My Title IX Rights

  1. Title IX prohibits sex-based discrimination at Wright State University whether you are on or off campus… even if you are in another country. Title IX is part of a 1972 federal education law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and sexual violence are all forms of sex discrimination under Title IX. Wright State University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, including based upon sex. Title IX protections apply on and off campus including international programs, study abroad opportunities, and university sponsored trips.
  2. Title IX applies to everyone. Title IX protects any person from sex-based discrimination, harassment, and violence regardless of their gender expression or gender identity. This includes female, male, transgender, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff.
  3. If you have been the victim of sexual violence, gender discrimination, or sexual harassment, the university can provide you with a variety of support resources and accommodations. Wright State is committed to providing these resources with minimal impact and costs to survivors on a case-by-case basis. Resources are available to survivors with or without them filing a complaint. 
  4. Wright State has established procedures for handling complaints of sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence. Matthew L. Boaz is the Wright State University Title IX Coordinator who manages complaints.  If you decide to file a complaint, it will be promptly investigated regardless of whether you reported to the police (a police investigation may very briefly delay other investigations if law enforcement is gathering evidence). A final decision is provided to you and the accused in writing. Both of you have the right to appeal the decision. You have the right to report your complaint to a number of on-campus and off-campus bodies. Throughout the reporting and hearing processes, you have the right to describe your incident to as few individuals as practicable and are not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident. Complaints may be withdrawn at any time.
  5. Wright State University can provide interim measures to support victim-survivors of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and/or sexual violence to continue their education. Interim measures can help ensure that a victim-survivor can successfully complete their college experience free of any ongoing hostility or retaliation. These accommodations can include no contact directives to the accused and reasonable changes to housing, class or sports schedules. Interim measures can be initiated before a formal complaint, investigation or hearing and can continue throughout the entire process. Wright State is committed to providing these accommodations with minimal impact or cost to students and each is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  6. Retaliatory harassment or behavior against someone for filing a complaint is prohibited under Title IX. Victim-survivors are entitled to be safe from retaliatory harassment or behavior and Wright State University takes these situations very seriously. Any incident of retaliation should be reported immediately to the Office of Equity & Inclusion.
  7. Sexual harassment, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking are types of sex discrimination prohibited under Title IX
  8. If a school knows (or reasonably should know) about sexual harassment, including sexual assault that creates a hostile environment, Title IX requires a school to take immediate action to eliminate the harassment, prevent is reoccurrence, and address its effects including any retaliation.
  9. Because a Title IX investigation is different from a law enforcement investigation, even if you file a police report, your school is independently required to investigate the assault you reported. This investigation must be prompt, thorough and impartial. 
  10. Title IX also protects pregnant and parenting students. Title IX states that schools must give all students who might be, are or have been pregnant (whether the student is a parent or not) the same access to school programs and extracurricular activities that other students have. For more information, click the "Pregnant and Parenting Students" link under the "Other Title IX Issues" tab.