Title IX & BU Policies

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. Sex-based discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. The law covers sex-based discrimination against students, faculty, and staff.

Boston University Title IX Contacts

BU’s Responsibilities Under Title IX

Title IX requires universities to respond promptly and effectively to complaints of all kinds of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. Universities must take immediate action to eliminate the offending conduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. BU is committed to promptly investigating the circumstances of a complaint to determine what occurred, ensure complainant safety, and provide remedies. Regardless of whether a complainant files a criminal action, BU will undertake its own investigation of the circumstances of the complaint.


Boston University has several policies that address sexual misconduct:

  • Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Policy: This policy defines key terms, gives examples of covered conduct, discusses confidentiality, and provides guidance on reporting sexual misconduct throughout the University.
  • Workplace Violence Prevention Policy: Prohibits violent behavior, physical attacks, verbal or physical threats of violence, physical intimidation, and stalking and property damage, and describes procedures for reporting such situations.
  • Policy on Consensual Relationships with Students: Applies to relationships between students and the faculty, staff, or other affiliates who supervise students.

Disciplinary Procedures

Effective January 2015, the University has disciplinary procedures outlined for students, faculty, staff, affiliates, and non-affiliates.

Persons seeking to file a complaint should contact:

In cases involving rape, acquaintance rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, several additional provisions apply, including:

  • The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a University disciplinary proceeding.
  • Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any University disciplinary proceeding alleging a sexual assault.
  • Boston University will assist student victims who need to make changes in their academic schedules or living arrangements, provided these changes are reasonable.

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