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Nearly 3,500 Old Dominion students received bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees during four ceremonies held May 10 and 11 at ODU's Ted Constant Convocation Center. Photos by Chuck Thomas/ODU

Title IX at Old Dominion University

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault. While it is often thought of as a law that only applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than Athletics and applies to many programs at Old Dominion University. Information regarding our updated Title IX policy can be found here.

Who is covered by Title IX?

Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. In compliance with Title IX, Old Dominion University prohibits discrimination in employment as well as in programs and activities on the basis of sex.

Failure to Comply with Title IX

The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX in the most extreme circumstances can include the termination of all or part of an institution's federal funding. This includes grants, subsidies, and other program funds from the federal government. In addition to the loss of federal funds, universities may be sued by those seeking redress for violations of Title IX. It is essential that institutions receiving federal financial assistances operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. To ensure the University's compliance with the law, adherence to Title IX regulations is everyone's responsibility.

Who enforces Title IX?

The United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX. Information regarding OCR can be found at www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.

University Title IX Coordinator

In accordance with Title IX regulations, the University has a designated Title IX Coordinator who is charged with monitoring compliance with these regulations. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns and complaints of non-compliance may be directed to them.


 Notification & Education

  • Prepare and disseminate educational materials, including brochures, posters, and web-based materials that inform members of the campus community of Title IX rights and responsibilities, to the campus community
  • Coordinate training for students and employees about their rights under Title IX

 Consultation, Coordination, and Disposition

  • Receive and process, in a timely manner, inquiries from students, faculty, staff, and administrators regarding rights and responsibilities concerning harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of Title IX
  • Receive and process, in a timely manner, inquiries by third parties who report suspicion of harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of Title IX
  • If not falling within the scope of Title IX, refer inquiries to other resources
  • Receive and process, in a timely manner, complaints from students, faculty, staff, and administrators regarding rights and responsibilities concerning harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of Title IX
  • Determine and coordinate appropriate interim measures
  • Notify complainants of his/her right to pursue remedies outside of university grievance process
  • Follow-up with parties regarding implementation of recommendations contained in disposition; seek assistance from parties' supervisors, if necessary to implement recommendations
  • Monitor compliance of all requirements and time-lines specified in the complaint/grievance procedures

Complaints under Title IX

Federal and state laws prohibit retaliation against any individual who files a complaint in good faith.


If you are a student and believe you have been subjected to

  1. sexual harassment (including sexual assault, sexual violence or other forms of sexual misconduct); OR
  2. any other form of gender discrimination under Title IX,

you may report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. The complaint procedure and complaint form can be found at odu.edu/equity/complaints.


Sexual harassment, including sexual assault and violence, is a form of gender discrimination prohibited by Title IX. A University employee who believes s/he has been subjected to discrimination or harassment in the workplace because of your sex may also file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator. Please note: complaints of workplace sexual harassment that do not rise to the level of a Title IX violation may be subject to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and it's related policies. For more information, or to discuss questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

Title IX Training

Title IX personnel are required to complete annual training. Below are links to the specific trainings received:

Title IX Contacts

The following individuals have been designated as Title IX contacts:

To file a complaint, you may contact the Title IX Coordinator, and/or you may also contact:

ODU Police Department
4516 Monarch Way
Norfolk, VA 23508
(757) 683-4000

Norfolk Police Department
810 Union Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Non-Emergency (757) 664-4000
Emergency 911


Women's Center
Webb Center, Ste. 1000, Norfolk, VA 23529
(757) 683-4109
Email: womenctr@odu.edu

Victim Advocate
(757) 683-4110

Counseling Services
Webb Center, Ste 1526, Norfolk, Va. 23529
(757) 683-4401


YWCA Sexual & Domestic Violence Service/YWCA Family Justice Center
500 E. Plume St #700, Norfolk, VA 23508
(757) 625-4248

24 Hour Crisis Hotline
(757) 251-0144


Information & Resources for Complainants