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.
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 Policy Applies to conduct that occurs on or after August 14, 2020
- Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Policy – Applying to conduct occurring on or before August 13, 2020
- 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.
Note: For more information on the reasons for two sets of Policies to address Sexual Misconduct occurring before and after August 14, 2020, please see the following Safety website page that explains the updates to BU’s Sexual Misconduct Policies and processes.
- Procedures that correspond to the Sexual Misconduct Policy – Applying to conduct that occurs on or after August 14, 2020
- Procedures for the Resolution of Non-Title IX Sexual Misconduct Complaints Against Students
- Procedures for the Resolution of Non-Title IX Sexual Misconduct Complaints Against Faculty, Staff, Affiliates, and Non-Affiliates
- Procedures for the Resolution of Title IX Sexual Misconduct Complaints Against Students, Faculty, Staff, Affiliates, and Non-Affiliates
- Procedures that correspond to the Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Policy – Applying to conduct occurring on or before August 13, 2020
Persons seeking to file a complaint should contact:
- Dean of Students Office | 617-353-4126
- Title IX Coordinator Jessica Nagle| 617-353-0911
- Deputy Title IX Coordinators
- Boston University Police Department | 617-353-2121