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:

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.

        Disciplinary Procedures

          Persons seeking to file a complaint should contact:

          See the Reporting page of this website for more information  on how to file a complaint.

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