Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Title IX provides, “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 DOE is committed to complying with Title IX and ensuring that DOE schools and workplaces are free of sex discrimination.

In August 2020, the U.S. Department of Education adopted new regulations which revise the definition of sexual harassment prohibited under Title IX, and also create new procedures for investigating allegations of sexual harassment covered by Title IX. The USDOE is now in the process of reviewing those 2020 regulations. Pending further federal directives, the DOE Overview of Title IX Investigations & Notice of Rights is a resource for staff, students, and parents.

Additional information about the 2020 regulations can be found here: US Department of Education Title IX page.

Staff, students, and parents should also continue to refer to Chancellor's Regulations A-831 and A-832 (which set forth the NYCDOE’s policy for prohibiting student-to-student sexual harassment and student-to-student discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying), and Chancellor's Regulation A-830 (which sets forth the DOE's Anti-Discrimination Policy, including for staff sexual harassment).

If you have any questions regarding the new regulations or DOE policy, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at Title_IX_Inquiries@schools.nyc.gov.

Who is protected by Title IX?

Title IX’s protections apply to DOE students, parents, staff members, and applicants for employment.

How do I file a Title IX complaint?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Title IX Coordinator is working remotely. To file a Title IX complaint, please email the Title IX Coordinator at Title_IX_Inquiries@schools.nyc.gov.

K-12 Students Bill of Rights and Responsibilities 

The Student Bill of Rights serves as a guide for students as they strive to become productive citizens in a diverse society.


Chancellor’s Regulation A-830 is the DOE’s Non-Discrimination Policy and outlines how to file a complaint of staff-to-student or staff-to-staff discrimination, including to allege discrimination based on gender (including gender identity and/or gender expression) or sexual orientation. 

Peer Sexual Harassment

Chancellor’s Regulation A-831 is the DOE’s policy prohibiting student-to-student sexual harassment and outlines how to file a complaint of peer sexual harassment. 

You can also fill out a report of student-to-student sexual harassment by using the below form and turning it into your school:


Chancellor’s Regulation A-832 is the DOE’s anti-bullying policy and outlines the procedures for filing complaints of peer bias-based harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, including based on gender (including gender identity and/or expression) or sexual orientation.

You can also fill out a report of student-to-student sexual harassment by using the below form and turning it into your school:

Pregnant Students 

Chancellor’s Regulation A-740 is the DOE’s policy requiring pregnant students of compulsory age to attend school unless medical reasons indicate to the contrary, and outlines the procedures for which school personnel are responsible during and after a student’s pregnancy.

Employee Lactation Accommodation Policy

Personnel Memorandum #1, 2020-21 


If you have a question about filing a Title IX complaint, or about addressing sex-based discrimination, contact the DOE Title IX Coordinator or Liaisons:

Title IX Coordinator

Sobia Mahmood, Esq.,
65 Court Street, Room 1102
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Title IX Liaisons

Bronx Title IX Liaison

Brooklyn North Title IX Liaison

Brooklyn South Title IX Liaison

Manhattan Title IX Liaison

Queens North Title IX Liaison

Queens South Title IX Liaisons

Staten Island Title IX Liaisons


What training do DOE’s Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Liaisons (“Title IX Team”) Receive?

The Title IX Team receives training materials and guidance on the following topic areas regarding Title IX:

  • Title IX, including the requirements of the new regulations;
  • Conducting intake of complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment, including assessing jurisdiction and drafting referrals;
  • Fact-finding investigative techniques and best practices;
  • Coordinating interventions and supports at the school;
  • Drafting investigative reports;
  • Evaluating evidence to render a determination.

In addition, the Title IX Team is provided information and guidance on DOE-specific policies and procedures, including but not limited to:

  • Chancellor’s Regulations A-420, A-421, A-740, A-830, A-831, A-832; ​
  • DOE’s Non-Discrimination Policy;
  • DOE’s Guidelines on Gender Inclusion and Guidelines to Support Transgender and Gender Expansive Students;
  • Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning, including the K–12 Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities and the Discipline Code.
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