Title IX

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

-Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act


Title IX has been traditionally known as a law that protects women in athletics. However, this law encompasses much more than just women in sports. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law intended to end sex discrimination in all areas of education. It applies to non-discrimination based on sex/gender to all institutions who receive federal funds. It also applies to program equity (Athletics, areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.)

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law set to end sex discrimination and provide guidance regarding equity and sexual discrimination in all federally funded educational institutions. This law forbids sex discrimination in all student services and academic programs such as, but not limited to: admissions, financial aid, career services, residence life, classrooms, health and counseling services. Title IX also forbids discrimination on employment and in hiring. Its goal is to protect people and ensure that their right to be in a safe environment, free of sexual violence and unequal treatment is instituted and enforced.

Historic Background

Title IX was signed into law by President Gerard Ford in 1972. Click here for timeline of events that helped shape Title IX.

January 2014: Obama launches College Sexual Assault Initiative

Do you know your IX?

Here are 9 things to know about Title IX in 89 seconds! Courtesy of knowyourix.org


UAF Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Statement

The University of Alaska Fairbanks provides equal opportunity without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or veteran status, pursuant to Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Civil Rights Act of 1991; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Executive Order 11246, and Executive Order 11375, as amended; Equal Pay Act of 1963; Age Discrimination Acts of 1974 and 1975; Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1992; the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008; Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; Pregnancy Discrimination Act; Immigration Reform & Control Act; Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Alaska Statutes which guarantees equal opportunity to individuals and groups within our society.

This policy affects employment policies and actions, as well as the delivery of educational services at all levels and facilities of the University. Further, the University's objective of ensuring equal opportunity will be met by taking affirmative action: i.e., making intensified, goal-oriented efforts to substantially increase the participation of groups where their representation is less than proportionate to their availability; providing reasonable accommodations to employees and students with disabilities; and ensuring that employment opportunities are widely disseminated to agencies and organizations that service women, minorities, Vietnam era veterans and people with disabilities.


Sexual Misconduct offenses include, but are not limited to:

1. Sexual Harassment
2. Non-Consensual Sexual Contact
(or attempt/s to commit same)
3. Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse
(or attempt/s to commit same)
4. Sexual Exploitation

1. Sexual Harassment is unwelcome, gender based verbal or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, denying or limiting someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s educational program/s and or activities, and is based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment or retaliation.

2. Non-Consensual Sexual Contact is any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object, by a man or a woman upon a man or a woman that is without consent and / or by force.

3. Non-Consensual Intercourse is any sexual intercourse, however slight, with an object, by a man or a woman upon a man or a woman that is without consent and or by force.

4. Sexual Exploitation occurs when a student takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that the behavior does not otherwise constitute one of other sexual misconduct offenses. Here are some examples:

• Invasion of sexual privacy
• Prostituting another student
• Non-consensual video or audio-recording of sexual activity
• Going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting your friends hide in the closet to watch you having consensual or non-consensual sex
• Engaging in voyeurism
• Knowingly transmitting an STI of HIV to another student
• Exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances; including another to expose their genitals
• Sexually based stalking and/or bullying may also be forms of sexual exploitation

Information from the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)


If an act of sexual misconduct has been committed against you or if you witnessed or have knowledge of sexual misconduct committed against someone else, please report here using our online form:

Title IX Contacts:

Mae Marsh
Title IX Coordinator

Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity
P.O. Box 756910
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6910

Ana M. Richards
Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity
P.O. Box 756910
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6910

Mauria Gerdeman

Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity
Nordic House, 739 Columbia Circle
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775
907.474.6600 Office

University Police Department
612 Yukon Drive
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775
907.474.7721 Office
E-mail: UAF-Police-Dept@alaska.edu
Website: http://www.uaf.edu/police/about/

Don Foley
UAF Judicial Services

104 Eielson Bldg.
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775
907.474.7317 Office
E-mail: djfoley@alaska.edu
Website: http://www.uaf.edu/ses/judicial/

Laura McCollough
Residence Life

MBS Complex, 732 Yukon Drive
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775
907.474.7247 Office
E-mail: lcmccollough@alaska.edu
Website: http://www.uaf.edu/reslife/

Kristina Giddings
Compliance/Associate Athletics Director/SWA
UAF Athletics Department

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775
E-mail: kvgiddings@alaska.edu
Website: http://www.alaskananooks.com/


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