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Office of Title IX

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What Is Title IX?

Title IX is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs, activities, admission and employment. Complaints of sex-based discrimination, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual or gender-based harassment are governed by NOVA's Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct. 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.

Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. In compliance with Title IX, NOVA prohibits discrimination in employment as well as in all programs and activities on the basis of sex.

Here are some things you should know about your Title IX rights at NOVA:

  • NOVA must respond promptly and effectively to sexual violence
  • NOVA must provide support measures, as necessary
  • NOVA should make known where you can find confidential support services
  • NOVA must conduct an adequate, reliable, and impartial investigation
  • NOVA must provide remedies as necessary

NOVA’s Sexual Misconduct Policy covers a wide range of behaviors prohibited under Title IX. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, and relationship violence.

Please see the College Policy Page, to read NOVA’s Sexual Misconduct Policy 110.