Cannon v. University of Chicago

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Whether Congress intended for Title IX, the law prohibiting sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funds, to be a private right of action.

Full Case Title: 

Cannon v. University of Chicago, 441 U.S. 677 (1979)
  • Equal Educational Opportunities


  • Joined Amicus Brief


The Supreme Court rules that individuals can bring their own lawsuits to enforce their rights under Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded educational programs. This ruling vastly increases the effectiveness of Title IX, because the federal education agency has often been lax in enforcing the law.