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FGCU Student Guidebook

FGCU Student Guidebook

Title IX


Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX 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.

Programs and activities which receive such funds must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. These programs and activities may include, but are not limited to: admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, student treatment and services, counseling and guidance, discipline, classroom assignment, grading, vocational education, recreation, physical education, athletics, housing and employment. Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person because he or she opposed an unlawful educational practice or policy, or made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX.

Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University has a designated Title IX Coordinator. Mr. Brandon Washington, Director and Title IX Coordinator  in the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance ( 239-745-4366, Edwards Hall 114), Inquiries, complaints and reports should be directed to that office for information and response. For additional information please visit:

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) affirms its commitment to ensure that each member of the University community shall be permitted to work, study, participate in educational programs including those receiving federal funding, services and activities, or conduct business in an environment free from any form of illegal discrimination, including Title IX protections.


If you are an employee who believes you have been subjected to discrimination under Title IX, including sexual harassment, or who wishes to file a complaint under Title IX you may do so with Mr. Washington. Such complaints are covered under the University's Discrimination policy and procedures, which may be found at:


If you are a student who believes you have been subjected to 1) sexual harassment by University faculty or staff; or 2) any other form of gender discrimination under Title IX, you may report such conduct or file a formal complaint with Mr. Washington. Such complaints are covered under the University's Discrimination policy and procedures, which may be found at:

If you are a University student with a complaint of sexual harassment, including sexual misconduct (see the Student Code of Conduct), against another University student, you may file a report electronically, or in person to the Dean of Students' Office in the Cohen Center, room 288, or to Mr. Washington.

Individuals with complaints of this nature also have the right to file a formal complaint with the United States Department of Education, the federal governing body in charge of enforcing Title IX:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481
Facsimile: (202) 453-6012
TDD#: (877) 521-2172

Federal laws prohibit the taking of retaliatory measures against any individual who files a complaint in good faith.

Brandon Washington, Director
Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance
Florida Gulf Coast University
Edwards Hall 114
10501 FGCU Boulevard, South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965-6565
Telephone: 239-745-4366 or TTY: 711
Fax: 239-590-7470