What is Title IX?

Title IX Protects All Members of the Mason Community

University Policy 1202: Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence

George Mason University is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living, and working environment for all members of the university community.  Mason does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in any of its education or employment programs and activities. The university prohibits sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual or gender-based harassment and complicity in the commission of any act prohibited by this policy, as well as retaliation.

Who Does Title IX Cover?

Educational institutions are required to provide all members of the campus community with comparable resources, support, promotional opportunities, and fair and equal treatment in all areas of education—not just athletics.

Other areas that fall within the scope of Title IX include:

  • Recruitment, admissions, scholarships and financial aid
  • Course offerings and access
  • Hiring, retention, and promotion of employees
  • Benefits and leave
  • Sexual harassment, including sexual assault and sexual violence

When Should I Contact the Title IX Coordinator?

Any student, faculty or staff member, or applicant who has concerns about sex- or gender-based discrimination or sexual misconduct is encouraged to seek assistance.

Contact the coordinator if you:

  • Wish to understand your options if you think you might have encountered gender discrimination or sexual misconduct (sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking and relationship violence)
  • Need help handling a situation in which you are indirectly affected
  • Learn of a situation that you feel may warrant a university investigation
  • Seek guidance on possible informal remedies or administrative measures to de-escalate or alleviate a difficult situation
  • Have questions about Mason's policies and procedures