Title IX of the Education Amendments is a federal civil rights statute that protects students attending higher education institutions from gender discrimination. Its enforcement prompts Alaska colleges and universities to act when they receive complaints containing gender-based discrimination.
Title IX can be applied in a broad range of intercollegiate issues throughout the years, but recently, it's most commonly utilized in cases that involve sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct is transpiring at epidemic-like rates on college campuses, and if you haven't been living under a rock over the past couple years, you've seen the statistics and read the stories. News outlets have continuously covered the alarming rates of sexual misconduct in populous state colleges like the University of Alaska Anchorage, citing many incidents of sexual misconduct every school year.
In any and all of its forms falls under the realm of gender discrimination in accordance with federal law. Therefore, when colleges receive word of an incident, colleges and universities generally conduct an investigation, hold a hearing as applicable, and enforce disciplinary actions if a perpetrator is found responsible for the alleged sexual misconduct.