Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 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.”
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the federal agency responsible for enforcing Title IX, which requires disciplinary processes for sexual assault on college campuses to be equitable and impartial. By definition, “equitable” means fair to both parties. Yet its various policy documents, especially the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter on sexual violence, reveal that the Department does not care about university mistreatment of accused students.
This bias can be traced to well-coordinated advocacy efforts that claim to be working for “gender equitable education,” but in fact only seek to advance the interests of female students.
The goal of the #TitleIXforAll campaign is to restore fairness to the OCR’s interpretation and enforcement of Title IX.