Here’s what you need to know about Title IX in college

The fight for gender equality in education was technically won back in 1972 with the passing of Title IX. The law applies to these 10 aspects of the education system: access to higher education, athletics, career education, education for pregnant and parenting students, employment, learning environment, math and science, standardized testing and technology.

However, 42 years later, students and schools are still grappling with the integration and practice of it. In the past few years, though, there has been a federal push for colleges to reevaluate their adherence to Title IX. Starting in 2011 with the Dear Colleague Letter and followed by other federal mandates, the issue for gender equality, particularly sexual assault and violence, will culminate in November with the National Week of Action. To prepare for this, here is a guide to Title IX’s history, new policies and available resources for students.

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