Law Office of Christine Garner

law office of christine garner


K-12 & Higher Ed


Title IX Compliance 

Title IX is simple, right?
"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"

From this "simple" statute created in 1972, change continues to happen. Many people still associate Title IX with its impact on athletics and the ground breaking reforms for female athletes. Some may still remember that on March 3, 1976, less than 4 years after Title IX was enacted, the Yale Woman's Rowing team demanded their rights after enduring insults that "real rowing" was for men and numerous inequities between the treatment of the men's team compared to the women's team. Chris Ernst led the demand by gathering 19 members of the team and marched into the director of women's athletics to demand fair treatment. The team members stripped off their clothes to reveal "Title IX" written on marker on their chests and backs. Ernst read the statement, " These are the bodies Yale is exploiting. On a day like today, ice freezes on this skin. Then we sit for half an hour as the ice melts and soaks through to meet the sweat that is soaking us from the inside. " Showers were installed and Louise O'Neal was hired to create sweeping changes in Yale's women's athletic department. Title IX gave these women the right to demand fair treatment.

Today, some of the hot topics in Title IX revolve around sexual assault and LGTBQ issues. I am a firm believer that the majority of Title IX administrators wish to use Title IX to help their students and not just satisfy a checklist. However, I also know that it is important to satisfy the "checklists" not only for Title IX but also for Clery Act, VAWA, FERPA, etc. I can assist navigating the compliance issues.





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Rockford, IL 61107

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Areas of Title IX Compliance


Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible
— Maya Angelou


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