Title IX has transformed from a law intended to outlaw sexual discrimination in schools to a government regime that is suppressing free speech on college campuses.
While Title IX’s language speaks to the need for equal opportunities for women and men in educational facilities, initially those enforcing the law turned the focus to creating equal outcomes, such as by requiring institutions’ sports participation rates to mirror the gender breakdown of the student body.
More recently, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has used Title IX as a tool to police and restrict speech on college campuses by telling schools they must not have a hostile environment or they are out of compliance. In response, school officials have been instituting speech codes for students and teachers. These rules can be arbitrary as well as political, and invite continued expansion of what’s off limits.