Gender discrimination is any action that denies opportunities, rewards, or privileges to a person (or group) solely because of their gender. It's perpetuated in numerous industries, and many argue it's become embedded in American culture.
In an effort to combat gender discrimination, Title IX of the Education Amendments was enforced to protect students attending higher education institutions. According to current federal guidelines, Rhode Island colleges and universities are obligated to promptly and fairly adjudicate cases involving gender discrimination.
Title IX has been applied in a wide range of intercollegiate issues throughout the years, but recently, it's most commonly utilized in cases involving sexual misconduct. If you haven't been living under a rock the past couple years, you've heard that sexual misconduct is occurring at epidemic-like rates on college campuses.
In any and all of its variations, sexual misconduct falls under the realm of gender discrimination. Thus, when colleges receive word of an incident, they are supposed to conduct an investigation, determine responsibility, and (if applicable) enforce disciplinary actions and sanctions.
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.