Federal Title IX Guidance

FAQs on Princeton’s Continuing Commitment to Protect Members of the University Community from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex or Gender, including Sexual Misconduct

November 2018


The following FAQs are intended to reaffirm Princeton University’s commitment to address all matters of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct in ways that are fair, effective, and transparent; provide information regarding the University’s policies with respect to sex discrimination and sexual misconduct; and provide information regarding how recent federal actions impact Princeton University students and employees.

1. The federal government recently released a proposed rule to amend regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”). What does this mean?

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.  On November 16, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released a proposed rule to amend regulations implementing Title IX. 

2. How does the change in federal guidance impact Princeton policy?

The University is in the process of assessing the draft regulations. 

We believe that our current policy and procedures are carefully thought out and fair to all parties.  However, even if changes to our current policies and procedures are necessary, the community can be assured that our commitment to the wellbeing of our students will remain unchanged.

3. What is Princeton's policy regarding Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct?

Princeton University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming educational and working environment for all members of its community.  Consistent with these values and applicable law, including Title IX, the Clery Act, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, the University maintains a comprehensive program designed to protect members of the University community from discrimination on the basis of sex or gender, which includes sexual misconduct such as sexual harassment and sexual assault, stalking, and intimate partner violence.  Further information regarding the University’s Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct policy can be found at https://sexualmisconduct.princeton.edu/policy.

This policy, which was approved by OCR in 2014, remains in effect.  Any potential changes to this policy resulting from new regulatory action will not be implemented until the new regulations formally go into effect, which will not take place until after the Department of Education has completed formal rulemaking (a multi-month process).

4. How can I learn more about Princeton’s commitment to prevent and address sexual misconduct?

To learn more about Princeton’s commitment to prevent and address sexual misconduct, please see “Sexual Misconduct and Title IX at Princeton” (https://sexualmisconduct.princeton.edu/) and FAQs for Students (https://sexualmisconduct.princeton.edu/faqs-students).