Title IX Information


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the university's programs and activities.  Sexual harrassment, including sexual violence, and relaliation are forms of discrimination prohibited by 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 education program or activitiy receiving Federal financial assistance..."
20 U.S.C. 1681


Northern Kentucky University does not engage in unlawful discrimination based on gender, race, age, color, disability or national origin in the execution of its education programs, activities, employment, daily operations or admissions policies, in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.  Northern Kentucky University also prohibits all forms of sexual harassment, including sexual assault.   


The university has designated the following individual to coordinate compliance with Title IX and handle inquiries regarding the university's policies that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex:

Dr. Kathleen Roberts, Senior Advisor to the President for Inclusive Excellence & Title IX Coordinator
Inclusive Excellence
Administrative Center, room 834
Highland Heights, KY  41076
Phone - 859-572-6630859-572-6630
Email - robertsk10@nku.edu


Reports of possible Title IX violations may be made to the Title IX Coordinator or to one of the Deput Title IX Coordinators identified below:

Incidents involving students
Ann James, Associate Dean of Students & Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
Office of the Dean of Students
Student Union, room 301
Highland Heights, KY 41076
Phone - 859-572-5147859-572-5147
Email - jamesa3@nku.edu

Incidents involving student-athletes
Leslie Fields, Associate Athletic Director for Compliance, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics
Intercollegiate Athletics
The Bank of Kentucky Center
Phone - 859-572-7572859-572-7572
Email - fieldsl4@nku.edu

Incidents involving faculty and staff
Lori Southwood, Director of Human Resources, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty and Staff
Office of Human Resources
Lucas Administrative Building, room 731
Highland Heights, KY  41076
Phone - 859-572-6383859-572-6383
Email - southwoodl1@nku.edu  


Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. If only one of the institution's programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX regulations. In compliance with Title IX, Northern Kentucky University prohibits discrimination in employment as well as in all programs and activities on the basis of sex.

Title IX protections also apply to pregnant and parenting students.  If you are pregnant and need support or have questions about how to continue your education here at NKU, please contact the Title IX Coordinator to discuss your options.


MYTH: Title IX only applies to athletic programs.

This is perhaps the most widely held misconception about Title IX. Athletics are not the only component of academic life governed by Title IX. Other areas which fall within the scope of Title IX include:

  • Recruitment, Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Course Offerings and Access
  • Counseling
  • Hiring and Retention of Employees
  • Benefits and Leave

Title IX also prohibits sexual harassment, which includes sexual assault and sexual violence.

MYTH: Title IX requires that male athletic opportunities be decreased to provide opportunities for female programs.

Title IX is designed to create parity in athletics, as well as other educational opportunities and experiences for men and women. Title IX does not require schools to cut men's athletic programs. Each school determines how it will comply with Title IX regulations.

MYTH: Title IX applies only to discrimination against women.

While Title IX has been used mostly by women seeking to protect their rights, Title IX also serves to protect the rights of men. Title IX requires that males and females receive fair and equal treatment in all areas of education.

MYTH: According to Title IX, all educational activities and programs must be co-ed and open to both men and women.

Title IX specifically allows for, or has been interpreted to allow for, single-sex programs in a number of categories. Included among those are: religious schools, traditional men's/women's colleges, social fraternities/sororities, youth service organizations such as, The Boy/Girl Scouts of America, and beauty pageants.

MYTH: Gender bias in science, medicine, and engineering is not prohibited by Title IX.

The under-representation of women in science, medicine, and engineering may violate Title IX. Educational institutions are required to provide women in these disciplines resources, support, and promotional opportunities comparable to their male colleagues.

MYTH: Advocates for victims of Title IX who file complaints of discrimination for others are not protected from retaliation under Title IX.

The U.S. Supreme Court has broadened the interpretation of Title IX to protect from retaliation whistle-blowers who accuse educational institutions of sex discrimination. The court is of the opinion that reporting incidents of discrimination is integral to Title IX enforcement and would be discouraged if retaliation against those who report it goes unpunished.


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.


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 the Office for Civil Rights website.