Title IX of the Education Amendments is a federal civil rights law that prohibits gender-based discrimination against students attending higher education institutions. According to current federal guidelines, Florida schools are obligated to promptly and fairly adjudicate cases involving gender discrimination.
Title IX has been applied in a broad range of intercollegiate issues throughout the years, but recently, it's most commonly referenced in cases that involve sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct is occurring at epidemic-like rates on college campuses. If you haven't been living under a rock the past couple years, you've read the stories and you've seen the statistics.
In any and all of its forms, sexual misconduct is categorized as gender discrimination. Therefore, when colleges receive word of an incident, colleges and universities generally conduct an investigation, hold a hearing, and enforce disciplinary actions if a perpetrator is found responsible for the alleged sexual misconduct.
Because of pressure from the general public, survivors, and federal entities, schools cannot afford to make the mistake of ignoring or mismanaging cases. Allegations will not be taken lightly, and the stigma these allegations carry will undoubtedly affect all aspects of your life. This is why it's critical for college professors who have been accused of sexual misconduct to seek strong and experienced legal counsel.