Learn about the whys behind 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 activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
— Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972

What is Title IX? What forms of sexual misconduct and interpersonal conduct are prohibited at Tulane? What offices investigate these issues? Does Tulane have reporting amnesty? Where can I find the suggested syllabus language? Learn more about Title IX at Tulane and what it means for you.


Title IX does not apply only to sports; it does not apply only to women. It applies to all of us at Tulane: students, faculty, and staff. The goal of Title IX is to eliminate sexual and gender-based discrimination in our educational settings, addressing ten key areas:

  • Access to higher education
  • Athletics
  • Career education
  • Education for pregnant and parenting students
  • Employment
  • Learning environment
  • Math and science
  • Standardized testing
  • Technology
  • Sexual harassment (which includes gender-based harassment and sexual violence, such as sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking)

This final area, sexual harassment, is what this website is focusing on in particular, though at Tulane, all forms of sexual and gender-based discrimination are antithetical to our community's values and expectations.

We use a few umbrella terms when we talk about these matters: Sexual discrimination, which is the language of Title IX that refers to all of the above behaviors that occur in the context of an educational program or activity. Sexual misconduct is how our Code of Student Conduct refers to the above behaviors when they are committed by students against any person, whether the conduct occurs on-campus or off-campus. Sexual violence usually refers to the behaviors of sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence. Learn more about sexual violence here.

If you have any questions about Title IX or the terms used here, please contact our university's Title IX Coordinator.


Read what the Individual Student Conduct Process looks like after submitting an incident report. 

What is a Title IX Coordinator?

Every school in the country must have a Title IX Coordinator--but why? And what does this person do for Tulane?

There's a reason why the person responsible for Tulane's Title IX efforts is titled a coordinator: as you can see, there are many offices on campus who work to prevent, respond, and remedy sexual discrimination. It is her responsibility to coordinate our institution's efforts to ensure that we are fulfilling our obligations under Title IX. The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) stated, "Your Title IX coordinator plays an essential role in helping you ensure that every person affected by the operations of your educational institution—including students, their parents or guardians, employees, and applicants for admission and employment—is aware of the legal rights Title IX affords and that your institution and its officials comply with their legal obligations under Title IX." Our Title IX Coordinator ensures that all reports of sexual discrimination are investigated and receive the appropriate response from the institution. 

To ensure that our Title IX Coordinator has, as OCR described, "the appropriate authority and support necessary for them to carry out their duties," Tulane has placed our Title IX Coordinator in the Provost's Office. The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the University, overseeing faculty appointment and retention as well as student affairs and directly reports to the President of Tulane.

Tulane's Title IX Coordinator is Meredith M. Smith. You can reach Meredith at:

Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life

Suite G02

Tulane University

New Orleans, LA 70118

(504) 314-2160


            You might ask, When should I contact the Title IX Coordinator? Some examples would be: if you are concerned with how your report of sexual discrimination has been handled; if you have concerns about a specific location on campus as being a hostile environment; if you have programming ideas or initiatives around preventing sexual discrimination or educating our community about these issues. Those are just a few ideas, but the real answer is: anytime. Anytime you have a concern, question, or want to talk about these issues at Tulane, contact Meredith.


Tulane has also designated three Deputy Title IX Coordinators that you can contact as well:

Deborah Love

Vice President

Office of Institutional Equity

200 Broadway Street, Suite 105-A

New Orleans, LA 70118

(504) 862-8083





Wendy Stark


Office of Institutional Equity

200 Broadway Street, Suite 105-A

New Orleans, LA 70118

(504) 862-8083



Erica Woodley

Assistant Vice President

Student Affairs

Lavin-Bernick Center

Suite G02

Tulane University

New Orleans, LA 70118

(504) 314-2160




Investigation & Adjudication of Misconduct

As stated above, Tulane has an obligation to investigate reports of sexual discrimination on our campus. Two offices share responsibility for investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual misconduct at Tulane:


Against Students

Office of Student Conduct (OSC)


Against Faculty/Staff

Office of Institutional Equity (OIE)

Uptown Square 105-A

  • OSC is responsible for investigating reports where a Tulane student is alleged to have committed an act of sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual assault, stalking, or dating/domestic violence.
  • OIE is responsible for investigating reports where a Tulane faculty, staff, or a third party person (for example, a private security guard or a Sudexo employee from the dining hall) is alleged to have committed an act of sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual assault, stalking, or dating/domestic violence.
  • OIE also investigates all allegations of sexual discrimination at Tulane, like discriminatory hiring and firing and wage discrimination.

Not sure where to go?

Contact whomever you feel comfortable reaching out to. We'll make sure you get connected with the appropriate place.

We're just glad you made the first step in reporting.


Students who were drinking under the age of twenty-one or under the influence of drugs when they experienced or witnesses sexual violence might be concerned about reporting what they have experienced or seen because of the fear of "getting in trouble" for the alcohol or drug consumption. Please know that Tulane's Code of Student Conduct grants amnesty in these situations--learn more here.

Code of Student Conduct Examples:

What is Sexual Misconduct?

Sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual assault, stalking, relationship violence, and sexual exploitation are all prohibited conduct as defined in our Code of Student Conduct, which applies to all students at Tulane. But what do these terms mean? Here are some examples of what we mean when we talk about sexual misconduct.

  • Someone engaged you in sexual activity when you were intoxicated and unable to provide consent.
  • Someone (a fellow student, your professor, teaching assistant, or another person) made comments regarding your gender, sexual identity, etc., which made you feel uncomfortable or the target of abuse inside or outside of the classroom.
  • Someone caused you to feel uncomfortable by making gender-biased or derogatory comments in your residence hall, lab, dining hall, classroom, club, team, sorority or fraternity, or place of employment.
  • Someone assumed your consent for one intimate act was license to engage in other such acts, and therefore took advantage of you.
  • Someone did not respect your stated “no” and persisted in making sexual advances toward you.
  • You felt you didn’t have a choice in a situation and were not able to say “no.”
  • Your supervisor, professor, teaching assistant, or adviser touched you in an intimate way or made other sexual advances.

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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy:

Sexual discrimination and harassment are prohibited conducts under the university's "EO Policies," which applies to all members of the community. Faculty and staff who engage in this prohibited behavior will be subject to an investigation conducted by OIE and appropriate disciplinary outcomes. Please read the linked policy to learn more about prohibited sexual harassment and discrimination. You can also learn more by contacting OIE.