Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 provides that:
No person…shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance...
Examples of types of sex-based discrimination prohibited by Title IX include:
- Sexual harassment occurring in connection with any academic, athletic, extracurricular, or other university program, regardless of the location;
- Sexual violence/sexual assault;
- Discrimination against a student based on sex, including in grading, provision of research opportunities, access to classes and academic programs, or access to medical services;
- Discrimination against an applicant for admission or employment because of sex;
- Discrimination against an employee based on sex, including in pay or discipline;
- Failure to provide equitable opportunity for participation in intercollegiate sports; or
- Disproportionate awards of financial assistance.
William & Mary prohibits sex- and gender-based discrimination, including sexual assault and other forms of sexual harassment.
W&M has a number of policies and procedures that help it prevent, respond to, and remedy sex-based discrimination. An overview of these policies and procedures and how they relate to one another is available online. The key policies are:
- Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation (applies to all members of the W&M community)
- Policy on Sexual Harassment and Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence, and Stalking Policy.
Pursuant to Title IX and its regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 106), William & Mary's Title IX Coordinator is the designated university official with primary responsibility for coordinating the university's compliance with Title IX and other federal and state laws and regulations relating to sex-based discrimination.
The Title IX Coordinator:
- promotes the creation of policies, procedures and notifications designed to ensure university compliance with Title IX;
- is trained regarding sexual harassment, including sexual violence, and is familiar with the university's grievance procedures;
- oversees implementation of complaint (grievance) procedures, including investigation and disposition of complaints, and identifies and addresses any problems identified through investigations;
- answers questions and provides guidance about Title IX compliance and the university's related policies and procedures;
- is a liaison to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights and other state and federal agencies that enforce Title IX;
- helps ensure the campus community and university employees with Title IX compliance responsibilities are adequately trained and educated; and
- monitors all other aspects of the university's Title IX compliance.
The Title IX Coordinator works closely with the Office of the Dean of Students to address reports and complaints of student sexual harassment, misconduct, dating or domestic violence, and stalking.
People may contact the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator with questions or concerns, or to file a complaint. For more information about reporting/complaint options, visit the sexual violence website or the main discrimination complaint website.
William & Mary’s Title IX Coordinator is:
Pamela Mason, J.D., CCEP
Interim Chief Compliance Officer
109 James Blair Hall
College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA 23185
The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights enforces Title IX on behalf of the United States Government. You may contact the Office of Civil Rights at:
Washington DC (Metro)
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-1475
FAX: 202-453-6021; TDD: 800-877-8339
This page last updated July 2016