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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." 

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

Additional Guidance:

Conforming Amendments

The following link provides conforming amendments to the regulations governing nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex and age under the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987.

Intercollegiate Athletics Policy Clarification: The Three-Part Test - Part Three

As of Tuesday, April 20, 2010, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague letter to ensure that male and female students are provided equal opportunities to participate in intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics programs consistent with Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106. 

The Dear Colleague letter withdraws the following documents issued by OCR in 2005:

  • Additional Clarification of Intercollegiate Athletics Policy: Three Part Test – Part Three
  • User’s Guide to Student Interest Surveys under Title IX, including the prototype survey
  • The technical report  

The Dear Colleague letter reaffirms, and provides clarification of, the multiple indicators OCR evaluates to determine whether an institution is in compliance with Part Three of the Three-Part Test.  The Dear Colleague letter also provides technical assistance on the non-discriminatory design and implementation of a survey as one method to assess student interest under Part Three.  We encourage you to share the information in this letter widely with your staff.

To view the Dear Colleague Letter, click here:  April 20, 2010 Dear Colleague Letter

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 1450
Denver, CO 80202


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