What is Title IX?

"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." - Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits gender- and sex-based discrimination in educational programs that receive federal funds. Title IX is most commonly associated with gender discrimination in sports and is credited with advancing participation of women in athletics. However, the scope of Title IX is much more broad. It prohibits sex- and gender-based discrimination in all college programs and activities.

Title IX protection from discrimination extends to faculty, staff and students. It covers a wide array of sex- and gender-based discrimination, including such things as: sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, gender-identity, gender-expression, and pregnancy. It also prohibits retaliation against anyone who makes or participates in a complaint.

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"Pregnant & Parenting Students", "Athletics", "Gender-based Discrimination", "Sexual Harassment", and "Retaliation" funneling down to the words "Title IX"

Related Bellevue College Policies

  1. 1445 Title IX Sexual Harassment
  2. 1440 Prevention of Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation
  3. 2050 Student Conduct Code

Title IX Frequently Asked Questions


Compliance & Title IX Officer

Rachel Wellman
Location: C227
Office Phone: 425-564-2641
Call/Text: 425-389-5497

Title IX Coordinator

Jill Powell-Szep
Location: C227
Office Phone: 425-564-2704
Call/Text: 425-389-5520


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  • Office: C227
  • Hours:
    Monday -Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Friday by appointment