Title IX

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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (including sexual harassment) in all educational programs and activities of institutions that receive federal financial assistance. The law states, in part, 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.

Click here to learn more: 20 U.S.C. § 1681(a)

The Office of Civil Rights is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with Title IX, investigating Title IX-related complaints, and providing technical assistance related to Title IX to recipients of Department of Energy financial assistance.

Department of Energy Title IX Implementing Regulations:
The Department has promulgated regulations implementing Title IX. The Department’s Title IX implementing regulations can be found at 10 C.F.R. Parts 1042 and 1040.

Filing a Complaint of Sex Discrimination:

If you believe that you have been discriminated against on the basis of sex (including sexual harassment) by a recipient of federal financial assistance, you may file a complaint with the:

Office of Economic Impact and Diversity
U.S. Department of Energy 
1000 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, DC 20585 
(202) 586-2218 

Your complaint should contain the following information:

  • your name, address, and telephone number;
  • the name and address of the agency, institution, or department you believe discriminated against you;
  • how, why, and when you believe you were discriminated against, including as much information as possible about the alleged acts of discrimination, and the names of the individuals whom you allege discriminated against you, if known; and
  • the names of any persons, if known, that the investigating agency could contact for additional information to support or clarify your allegations.

Title IX Post-Award Compliance Reviews:

The Department of Energy (DOE) provides financial assistance to educational institutions through a variety of federal financial assistance programs, and is a major federal funding agency for basic research and development programs in the sciences at institutions of higher learning.  DOE currently provides hundreds of millions of dollars in Federal funding annually to recipient colleges and universities’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.  DOE regulations require that the agency take steps to ensure that educational institutions that receive federal assistance do not discriminate based on gender.  In order to ensure that the educational programs that the Department funds afford equal opportunities to all students and are free of discrimination, DOE conducts periodic reviews of recipients’ programs and activities.

The Department’s Office of Civil Rights evaluates and assesses the outreach and recruitment and admissions policies and practices of selected graduate science or engineering programs at each institution to determine: 

(a) whether male and female applicants are ranked separately;
(b) whether numerical limitations are applied to the number or proportion of persons of either sex who are admitted;
(c) whether tests or other criteria for admission are administered that have a disproportionately adverse effect on persons on the basis of sex; and
(d) whether all students have equal access to programs and opportunities offered by the university and the selected graduate science or engineering programs.

The Department’s regulations require each recipient of financial assistance to develop, publish, and implement procedures for the prompt and equitable resolution of student and employee Title IX complaints.  The regulations also require a recipient to designate at least one employee to coordinate its Title IX compliance efforts and to carry out its Title IX responsibilities, including the investigation of complaints or allegations of noncompliance with Title IX. 

To date, DOE has conducted twenty-eight (28) Title IX compliance reviews of universities throughout the country. You can find them below:

Questions?  Give us a call at (202) 586-2218 or email us at civilrights@hq.doe.gov