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No person in the United States 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 was the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions. Title IX benefits both males and females, and is at the heart of efforts to create gender equitable schools. The law requires educational institutions to maintain policies, practices and programs that do not discriminate against anyone based on sex. Under this law, males and females are expected to receive fair and equal treatment in all arenas of public schooling: recruitment, admissions, educational programs and activities, course offerings and access, counseling, financial aid, employment assistance, facilities and housing, health and insurance benefits, marital and parental status, scholarships, sexual harassment, and athletics.

State Contact:

Dr. Rebecca Garland
Chief Academic Officer
Academic Services and Instructional Support
6368 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6368
Telephone 919.807.3200
Fax 919.807.4065


  • Play Fair: A Title IX Playbook for Victory
    Download this important new free Title IX athletics publication. The revised Play Fair: A Title IX Playbook for Victory (pdf, 335kb) is written in a reader-friendly style and linked to particular gender equity questions.

  • Supreme Court Protects Rights to Use Multiple Remedies Against Sex Discrimination in Education
    (pdf, 16kb)

  • Laws Supporting the Education of Pregnant and Parenting Students in North Carolina
    (pdf, 86kb)

  • U.S. Department of Education
    In a "Dear Colleague" letter, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe provides guidance to states, school districts, and colleges and universities about how the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) determines which athletic activities can be counted under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The purpose of this guidance is to ensure that male and female students are provided equal opportunities to participate in intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics programs consistent with Title IX and its implementing regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 106). The letter can be found on the USED's web site at:

  • Athletic Gender Gap
    These are the latest statistics on how each state ranks in athletic participation opportunities for females compared to males. For the first time, girls have exceeded the 3 million mark in number of participants; however the participation gap between the genders is over 1.3 million.
    (pdf, 64kb)

  • Title IX Celebrates its 35th Anniversary
    In honor of the 35th anniversary of Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments on Saturday, June 23, the US House and Senate passed last week identical resolutions to celebrate the achievements of this landmark law. The resolution highlighted the success and role of Title IX in increasing opportunities for women and girls in all areas of education.

  • Celebrate Title IX's 35th anniversary and use these new web-based and print resources!
    This distribution list is provided by the Title IX Action network, composed of state level gender equity leaders.