Title IX

What Is Title IX?

Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 (amending the Higher Education Act of 1965) is the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions. This act is codified as Title 20, United States Code, Chapter 38, Sections 1681-1686. The act was also amended by the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 ("Title IX").

The law states that "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 activity receiving federal financial assistance." The amendment in 1987 expanded the definition of program or activity to include all the operations of an educational institution, governmental entity, or private employer that receives federal funds.

Title IX

Title IX protects everyone involved with Bard programs from sex discrimination in:

  • Academics
  • Activities
  • Admissions
  • Athletics
  • Employment
  • Financial Assistance
  • Housing
  • Recruitment
And ensures that Bard will not, on the basis of sex:

  • Treat one individual differently from another in determining whether they qualify for any aid, benefit, or service
  • Provide such aid, service, or benefit to one individual in a different manner from another
  • Deny any individual such aid, service, or benefit
  • Subject individuals to separate or different rules of behavior, sanctions, or other treatment
  • Aid or perpetuate discrimination against an individual by providing significant assistance to any agency, organization, or person that discriminates on the basis of sex in providing any aid, benefit, or service to Bard community members
  • Otherwise limit any individual in the enjoyment of any right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity

Contact Us

Office of Title IX Coordination
Tamara Ellis Stafford



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Commitment to Equity

Bard College is committed to providing a safe, healthy, and respectful living, learning, and working environment for all members of its' community. Gender-based misconduct, which includes sexual or gender-based discrimination, harrassment, exploitation, and assault, is incompatible with the values and standards of our campus community. Reports of behavior that involves gender-based misconduct against any member of the campus community, including visitors, will be investigated and addressed in a timely manner in order to ensure the safety and well being of both the individuals involved and the larger Bard community.

Students, employees, or visitors who have questions about policies, grievance procedures, and individual rights or would like to report an alleged incident of gender-based misconduct,  can contact the following individuals for support:

Title IX Coordinator:
Tamara Ellis Stafford
For any report or inquiry concerning gender inequity in college activities or programming or gender-based misconduct involving the Bard Community

Title IX Administrative Supervisor
Gretchen Perry
Dean of Campus Safety and Operations
For reports of gender inequity or gender-based misconduct concerning students, employees, visitors or the Title IX Coordinator

Submitting an Inquiry or Filing a Complaint

The Title IX Coordinator Tamara Ellis Stafford (titleix@bard.edu or 845-758-7542) is available to assist with any questions or concerns. You can also submit a complaint online. Please note that it will take at least one to two business days to review and process any report submitted electronically.