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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Title IX States

"No person in the U.S. 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

Sex Discrimination

The purpose of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is to eliminate discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. The following link addresses frequently asked questions about sex discrimination and describes the schools and programs that are covered by Title IX, who is protected under Title IX, and provides a brief summary of the school and program responsibilities under Title IX.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sex Discrimination

Implementing Regulations 

U.S. Department of Education

NEW Title IX Regulations Regarding Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

On November 29, 2018, draft regulations for Title IX rule making were released for 60 days of public comment. May 6, 2020, Secretary DeVos released the Department's final Title IX rule which amends the regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The final regulations specify how recipients of Federal financial assistance, including elementary and secondary schools, must respond to allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault consistent with Title IX’s prohibition against sex discrimination. For more information on the new regulations, visit: Sex-Based Harassment.  

Obligation to Designate a Title IX Coordinator

The U.S. Department of Education's Implementing Regulations 34 C.F.R. Part 106 and the new Title lX Regulations require that all recipients of Federal financial assistance, including elementary and secondary schools, designate at least one responsible employee to coordinate the efforts to comply with Title lX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

District Title lX Coordinators can also be found at Civil Rights Coordinators Data Website.


Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or to the Denver Office for Civil Rights.

Denver Office for Civil Rights
Region VIII Office
U.S. Department of Education

Phone: 303-844-5695


Complaints should be filed with the individual school, district, or institution. However, a complaint may also be filed with the Office for Civil Rights: How to File a Discrimination Complaint.

Anti-Retaliation Provision

It is unlawful to retaliate against individuals, including Title IX Coordinators, for:

  • Filing a Title IX complaint
  • Participating in a Title IX investigation, hearing or proceeding
  • Advocating for others’ Title IX rights

For more information, see:

​Notice of Nondiscrimination and Title IX Coordinators

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) as a recipient of Federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Education (USDOE) is subject to the provisions of Title IX. The CDE is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in relation to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status or disability in admissions, access to, treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates. 

For employee questions regarding the CDE's compliance with Title IX and section 504, contact: 

Human Resources Director
Colorado Department of Education
201 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-681

For questions regarding school and district obligations under Title IX, contact:

Rebekah Ottenbreit
Colorado Department of Education
Office of Culturally and
Linguistically Diverse Education

1560 Broadway, Suite 1100
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-866-6285