William & Mary prohibits sex- and gender-based discrimination, including sexual assault and other forms of sexual harassment.
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...
Collapsible list of Title IX topics
Examples of Prohibited Harassment or Misconduct:
- Sexual harassment occurring in connection with any academic, athletic, extracurricular, or other university program, regardless of the location;
- Sexual violence/sexual assault;
- Relationship Violence or Stalking
- 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.
Policies and Procedures
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:
The Title IX Coordinator
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.
William & Mary’s Title IX Coordinator is:
Pamela Mason, J.D., CCEP
Chief Compliance Officer
109 James Blair Hall
College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Title IX Coordinator’s responsibilities include:
- promoting the creation of policies, procedures and notifications designed to ensure university compliance with Title IX;
- being trained annually regarding sexual harassment, including sexual violence, and is familiar with the university's grievance procedures;
- overseeing implementation of complaint (grievance) procedures, including investigation and disposition of complaints, and identifying and addressing any problems throughout an investigation;
- answering questions and providing guidance about Title IX compliance and the university's related policies and procedures;
- serving as a liaison to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights and other state and federal agencies that enforce Title IX;
- ensuring the campus community and university employees are adequately trained and educated on their Title IX compliance responsibilities; and
- monitoring 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.
Office of Civil Rights
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. 20202-1475Telephone: 202-453-6020FAX: 202-453-6021; TDD: 800-877-8339
This page last updated August 2019