Clark University commits itself to providing a campus environment where all students are safe from sexual violence, sexual harassment and gender (based on identity or expression) discrimination. Clark believes in the power of a strong community, one that is stronger when all students are engaged in relationships based on mutual care and respect. Both in intimate and platonic settings, Clark expects its community members to practice open communication and effective consent.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires all federally funded Universities to prohibit sex/gender-based discrimination on campuses. Title IX prohibits gender discrimination against all students, including discrimination based on sex, gender identity or expression, as well as sex and gender discrimination in the educational environment. Title IX applies to everyone including students, faculty and staff. Historically, Title IX was used to create equal access to sports teams on campuses and in high schools. The language of Title IX reads as follows: