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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

AU PROHIBITS SEX DISCRIMINATION IN ANY FORM And Provides Resources for Support & Complaint Resolution

American University’s Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy identifies prohibited conduct under Title IX and outlines complaint procedures.

The policy is available at:

To submit a report, file a complaint, or identify a concern regarding sexual harassment or sexual misconduct of any type through the Office of Equity and Title IX, please email For questions about the new Office of Equity and Title IX, or for concerns or complaints on other issues of harassment or discrimination, please email All discrimination, sexual harassment, and misconduct complaints can also be submitted online, or by calling the Office of Equity & Title IX at 202-885-8080.

The Student Conduct Code defines types of sexual misconduct and outlines the procedures for resolving complaints through the student disciplinary system. The Conduct Code is available here.

General information and resources pertaining to Title IX at:

Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education, which can impose civil penalties, up to $35,000 per violation, against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal student financial aid programs.

American University is required to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). In accordance with the Clery Act, each year American University prepares an Annual Security Report. This report contains statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by American University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. This report also contains institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You may access it through the Web at It is also available upon request by calling the Department of Public Safety at 202-885-2537.
Higher Education Opportunity Act 2009 Annual Fire Safety Report The 2008 Amendments to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) require Title IV Institutions to collect and publish statistics related to fire and/or smoke events as well as fire prevention policies and fire safety equipment as these items pertain to residence halls owned and controlled by the institution. In accordance with the fire statistics, safety and prevention requirements of the HEOA, American University Department of Risk Management & Environmental Health & Safety prepares a Fire Safety Report for each calendar year beginning with 2009. This report is released annually on or before October 1 and is available at Paper copies of the Annual Fire Safety Report will be provided upon request. Please contact the Department of Public Safety at 202-885-2537 or

While studying abroad, American University’s components of the Clery Act remain accessible via online postings:
All Clery Crime Alerts at applicable overseas programs are disseminated through the on-site staff.  All reported criminal incidents abroad are listed on the main  Daily Crime Log as listed above.