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5 Things to Know and Do to Exercise Your Rights in Your Own Community

  1. Start with the assumption that if you have a question or issue, you can resolve it informally with your school. Many people, even in schools, are not familiar with Title IX regulations or do not understand them fully. Educating your community is the first and can be the most important step toward finding a solution.
  2. Every school or school district that receives federal funding (which includes almost all colleges and universities, as well as public elementary, middle and secondary schools) is required to designate and/or adequately train at least one employee to coordinate the recipient's Title IX responsibilities. Title IX regulations also require that the names and contact information of each Title IX Coordinator be made public by the educational institution. Find out who that person is and discuss any questions or problems you have with that person. If there is no such person, you may want to let your school know that there should be. You may also contact us to provide a list of Title IX coordinators in the state agency in your state.
  3. The law requires that every federally funded school have a procedure for filing and resolving complaints. Find out if your school has one, and if so, familiarize yourself with it so that you will be comfortable using it if a situation arises. Ask your school to adopt one if no procedure exists.
  4. If you have a Title IX question or problem, develop a plan of action. The plan should include short- and long-term goals and actions, as well as specific suggestions to help reach those goals. Include a timetable for making the changes and determine who should receive it. If school officials such as coaches, the athletic director, principal, dean of students, guidance counselors or school board members have not been involved, you may want to begin talking to them.
  5. Contact a resource organization for other suggestions about how to make education fair at your school. Many such organizations are listed in the partners section of this website.