Colorado Title IX Advisor for LGBTQ+ Students

Colorado is now home to more than 300 postsecondary educational institutions. These include state universities, private colleges, technical colleges, academies, and other educational institutions. To maintain eligibility for federal education funds, schools must comply with the requirements of the Title IX amendment of 1972.

Title IX Basics

This amendment was originated by the U.S. Department of Education. The provisions of Title IX prohibit sexually-based discrimination in educational environments. The Colorado Department of Higher Education provides some local guidance to institutions to supplement federal directives. In 2019, the Colorado General Assembly established a Sexual Misconduct Advisory Committee that is furthering these efforts.

Institutional Exemptions

Some educational entities under the control of a religious organization qualify for an exemption. This applies when the provisions are “inconsistent with the religious tenets of the organization.” One example is that certain faiths only allow men to train for ministerial roles.

Examples of Sexual Discrimination

  • Treating one individual differently from others based on sex, such as in admissions or athletic opportunities
  • Maintaining different eligibility requirements for financial