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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is the landmark legislation that bans sex discrimination in schools, whether it be in academics or athletics.

Title IX states:

"No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal aid." 

Sex Discrimination

The purpose of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is to eliminate discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.  The following link addresses frequently asked questions about sex discrimination and describes the schools and programs that are covered by Title IX, who is protected under Title IX, and provides a brief summary of the school and program responsibilities under Title IX.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sex Discrimination

U.S. Department of Education's Implementing Regulations:

Compliance with Title IX:

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq. (Title IX), and its implementing regulation, at 34 C.F.R. Part 106, which prohibits discrimination based on sex. The CDE as a recipient of Federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Education (USDOE) is subject to the provisions of Title IX. The CDE is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in relation to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status or disability in admissions, access to, treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates.  

Designated Title IX Contacts:

The U.S. Department of Education's Implementing Regulations 34 C.F.R. Part 106 requires the designation of a responsible employee to:

  • coordinate any investigation of any complaint alleging noncompliance with Title IX
  • notify all students and employees of the Title IX contact, office address and phone number

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the CDE’s compliance with Title IX and Section 504.

Human Resources Director
Colorado Department of Education
201 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6815

The following person has been designated to handle district, school, parent and student inquiries.

Rebekah Ottenbreit
Colorado Department of Education
Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
1560 Broadway, Suite 1100
Denver, CO 80202

Title IX Coordinator Resources:

The following resources are designed to support Title IX Coordinators as they coordinate their school’s efforts to comply with and meet their responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

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201 East Colfax Ave.
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Phone: 303-866-6600
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