Title IX FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Title IX

What is Title IX?

Although Title IX is commonly associated with sex-based discrimination in athletics, the law is much broader. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that provides:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in all university programs and activities, including, but not limited to, admissions, recruiting, financial aid, academic programs, student services, counseling and guidance, discipline, class assignment, grading, recreation, athletics, housing, and employment.

Sexual harassment and sexual violence are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against people for making or participating in complaints of sex discrimination.

For more information about Title IX, visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website, or see the Sexual Harassment/Title IX section of this website.

What is a Title IX Coordinator?

The Federal Regulations accompanying Title IX state:

Each recipient [of federal funds] shall designate at least one employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under this part, including any investigation of any complaint communicated to such recipient alleging its noncompliance . . . [t]he recipient shall notify all its students and employees of the name, office address and telephone number of the employee or employees appointed pursuant to this paragraph.
65 Fed. Reg. 52867 at § .135(a).

As is more fully explained in the question below, Notre Dame selected the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity to serve as its Title IX Coordinator, and also appointed two Deputy Title IX Coordinators.

Who are the Title IX Coordinators at Notre Dame?

If you have a complaint involving sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or sexual assault, or if you have questions about Notre Dame’s policies or procedures in these areas, please contact the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator listed below. In an emergency situation, please contact the Notre Dame Security Police Department at 631-5555, or 911 from any campus phone.

Please Note: Title IX Coordinators and Deputy Coordinators are not a confidential source of support. While they will address your complaint with sensitivity and will keep your information as private as possible, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.

Title IX Coordinator
Karrah Miller, J.D.
Director, Office of Institutional Equity
100 Grace Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-0444

Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Division of Student Affairs)
Heather Ryan
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
212 Saint Liam Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Faculty Affairs Specialist (Office of the Provost)
Todd Dvorak, J.D.
Faculty Affairs Specialist, Human Resources
100 Grace Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-9927

If you have questions about gender equity in intercollegiate and recreational athletics at Notre Dame, please contact the Deputy Title IX Coordinator:

Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Athletics)
Jill Bodensteiner
Associate Athletic Director/Compliance & Legal Affairs
113 Joyce Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-6721