Office of Title IX Initiatives reports to Provost's Office
TIX is reporting to the Provost’s office as part of the University’s broader diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
The Office of Title IX Initiatives is now located at 4615 Forbes Ave, Suite 330. We are so glad to be back on campus!
From the intersection of Forbes Ave & Morewood Ave, head west on Forbes Ave towards Craig Street, you will pass the Tepper School of Business and TCS Hall.
Our office building, 4615 Forbes Ave, Suite 330, is located next to TCS Hall. If you reach Chipotle, you have gone too far!
You will see an exterior staircase leading up to two sets of double doors, at the top of the building. Please use the doors located on the left-hand side of the entrance. Please use the intercom system for access by pressing the call button and dialing 008. Once you enter the lobby, our office suite is located to the right-hand side. Please come in!
Federal Government Reaffirms that “Sex” Includes Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation under Title IX
Title IX is a U.S. civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education. The Office of Title IX Initiatives is responsible for coordinating the University’s effort’s to prevent and effectively respond to sex-based discrimination, including sexual misconduct.
Carnegie Mellon University has long prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity under the University’s Statement of Assurance.
In 2016, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education issued a joint significant legal guidance [PDF] explaining that Title IX’s prohibitions on discrimination on the basis of sex includes discrimination on the basis of gender identity. This guidance was rescinded [PDF] by the Trump Administration in early 2017. However, individual schools were permitted to continue to define sex to include sexual orientation and gender identity for the purposes of their own anti-discrimination policies, which Carnegie Mellon elected to do.
In June 2021, the U.S. Department of Education issued a Notice of Interpretation of Law [PDF] declaring that, once again, under Federal law, the term “sex” includes sexual orientation and gender identity for the purposes of Title IX. This interpretation follows the landmark 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Bostock v. Clayton County, which held that LGBTQ people are protected from employment discrimination under the civil rights law known as “Title VII” (which prohibits discrimination in employment based on identity including sex, race, religion and national origin), as well as President Biden’s January 2021 Executive Order extending the Bostock ruling to other federal laws and regulations.
Ways to Make a Report
Send Us an Email - TIX@cmu.edu
In person - 4615 Forbes Ave, Floor 3, Suite 330 (formerly GATF Building)
Report Anonymously @ www.reportit.net
Filing a Formal Complaint
Complete the Formal Complaint form [PDF]. A Formal Complaint is a signed, written or typed document, requesting that the University initiate a formal investigation into the alleged prohibited misconduct.
Learn More about the Title IX Basics
The Title IX & Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide will walk you through how to make a report, how to find us, how to get help if you have been impacted by sexual misconduct or want to help a friend, how the University responds to sexual misconduct and how we can support you. Learn more by downloading the Title IX & Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide [pdf].
Check out additional University resources and important contacts in the CMU Cares folder - Guide to Helping Students!
Other Options for Reporting
Office for Civil Rights at U.S. Department of Education (OCR): If you believe that the school has violated your Title IX rights, you may file a complaint with the OCR.
National Science Foundation's Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI): The office is charged with enforcing Title IX among NSF grantees. To file a complaint, or for more information on Title IX, contact (703) 292-8020, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or complete and submit this form
Dear Members of Carnegie Mellon Community,
On August 12, 2020, Provost Jim Garrett sent out a campus communication regarding the adoption of an Interim Sexual Misconduct Policy to comply with the U.S. Department of Education’s Final Rules for Title IX. This new policy will go into effect August 14, 2020.
Leading up to the release of the Final Regulations, the University pulled together senior leadership from the Provost’s Office, TIX, Student Affairs, Human Resources and General Counsel’s Office to create a Title IX Steering Committee (“TIX Steering Committee”) to review and revise the university’s sexual misconduct policies. The TIX Steering Committee worked closely with outside experts throughout the summer to create a policy that reflects and maintains the values of CMU, while also meeting the new legal standards of the Final Regulations. As always, the University remains committed to combatting sexual misconduct and to examining and refining our practices and policies for the benefit of all members of our campus community.
A full review and comment period of the University's Sexual Misconduct Policy will take place throughout the 2020-21 academic year. This process will involve multiple opportunities for community members to provide verbal and written feedback before a Final Policy is adopted. If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone regarding the new policy, please do not hesitate to contact our Office.
National and State Resources
24/7 National Resources
CALCASA Rape Prevention Resource Center Sacramento, CA 916.446.2520
- Santa Clara – Community Solutions (Community Sexual Assault Crisis Center) 408-842-7138; PO Box 546, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
- Los Angeles - 24-HOUR SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS LINE 877-Y-HELPS-U (877-943-5778)
- YWCA Greater Los Angeles, 1020 S. Olive Street, 7th Floor, Los Angeles 90015
Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence East Hartford, CT 860.282.9881
- Fairfield - The Rowan Center: A Sexual Assault Resource Agency (203) 348-9346; 1111 Summer Street, Suite 202, Stamford, Connecticut 06901
- Hartford - Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence 860-282-9881 ; 96 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, CT 06108
Florida Council Against Sexual Violence Tallahassee, FL 850.297.2000
- Miami-Dade - Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center 305-585-RAPE (7273)
- Broward - 24 Hour Helpline for Sexual Assault Survivors: 954-761-7273
Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) Springfield, IL 217.753.4117
- Cook - Community Counseling Centers of Chicago Quetzal Center (888) 293-208; (773) 769-1724; 2525 W. Peterson Ave., Chicago, IL 60659
- DuPage - Mutual Ground, Inc. (630) 897-8383; P.O. Box 843, Aurora, IL 60507
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault Silver Spring, MD 301.328.7023
- Montgomery - Victim Assistance & Sexual Assault Program (240) 777-1355, (240) 777-4357; 1301 Piccard Drive, Suite 4100, Rockville, MD 20850
- Howard - HopeWorks of Howard County (410) 997-0304, (410) 997-2272; 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 300, Columbia, MD 21046
Jane Doe Inc. / MCASADV Boston, MA 617.248.0922
- Middlesex - Voices Against Violence (800) 593-1125, (508) 820-0834; South Middlesex Opportunity Council, 7 Bishop Street, Framingham, MA 01702-8313
- Norfolk - The Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program at Newton Wellesley Hospital; 617-243-6521, www.nwh.org
New Jersey Resources
New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault Trenton, NJ 609-631-4450
- Bergen – Healing SPACE (201-487-2227)
- Middlesex - Middlesex County Center for Empowerment 1-877-665-7273 & 732-321-1189; 29 Oakwood Avenue, Edison, NJ-08837
New York Resources
New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault Albany, NY 518-482-4222
- New York - NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault (212) 229-0345; 32 Broadway Suite 1101, New York, NY 10004
Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence Cleveland, OH 888-886-8388
- Cuyahoga – Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (216) 619-6194;1228 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115
- Franklin - The OhioHealth Sexual Assault Response Network (SARNCO) (614) 267-7020
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) Enola, PA 717-728-9740
- AAllegheny – Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) 412-431-5665; 81 South 19th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
- Montgomery – Victim Services Center 610-277-0932; 325 Swede St., 2nd Floor, Norristown, PA 19401
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault Austin, TX 512-474-7190
- Harris - The Harris County Precinct 7 Crime Victims Assistance Program (713) 274-3521; 5290 Griggs Road, Houston, TX 77021
Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance Charlottesville, VA 434-979-9002 Richmond, VA, 804-377-0335
- Fairfax - Domestic and Sexual Violence Services 703-360-7273,12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA 22035
- Loudoun - LAWS Sexual Assault Services 703-777-6552, 703-771-9020
Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs Olympia, WA 360.754.7583
- King – King County Sexual Assault Resource Center 888.99.VOICE (888.998.6423)
- Snohomish - Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse: Services for victims of sexual assault in Snohomish County 425-252-4800 & 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)