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Spring 2015


In the past year, many universities have been accused of Title IX violations based on how they adjudicated sexual assault cases. As a result, Title IX has been in the forefront of the public’s attention. This research aims to explain whether Title IX complaints are an effective strategy for lowering the amount of sexual assault cases on U.S college campuses. This research uses journal articles, legal cases and government websites to gather information on the history of Title IX and it’s development in fighting the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. By analyzing landmark cases, it is possible to see how Title IX, a federal law that was originally intended to prohibit discrimination in education, has been interpreted to protect students from sexual assault on college campuses. Ultimately, this research will explain how students have used Title IX legislation to fight for equal access to an education free from discrimination. Title IX is not the most effective way to combat sexual assault on college campuses, but it has paved a path of education and acknowledgement of the problems surrounding the issue. Through studying previous court decisions and government statistics, it is possible to understand the effects Title IX has produced with respect to how universities have handled sexual assault cases.