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What is Title IX?

“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 educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972:  20 U.SC § 1681 & 34.C.F.R. Part 106


Title IX is a federal civil rights law signed in 1972 that sought to protect individuals from discrimination on the basis of sex in federally-funded educational programs. Although it has a wide application in educational programs, the text of the law is very brief. For many years, it was primarily referenced in the context of women’s athletics at educational institution, but in recent years, it has also been used to address sexual harassment, sexual violence, and discrimination based on sex and/or gender. It protects all individuals, regardless of their sex, from discrimination and harassment based on sex.   The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) enforces Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 as well as other federal statutes.


The individual who oversees compliance with Westgate's Sexual Harassment policy is the Title IX Coordinator. Westgate's Title IX Administrator and Coordinator is:

     Teri McCafferty
     12500 Washington Street
     Thornton, CO 80241

     (303) 452-0967

     [email protected]


Anyone can report allegations of sexual harassment 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week to the Title IX Coordinator. To report allegations of sexual harassment, please complete the Sexual Harassment Incident Report.


For more information regarding the Adams 12 Five Star district policies and procedures related to Sexual Harassment, please visit the District Policy Webpage and look for policy 8410.