In an effort to combat gender discrimination in higher education, Title IX of the Education Amendments was adopted. 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 believe it's rampant in higher education environments.
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.
According to federal law, sexual misconduct is a form of gender discrimination. Thus, when colleges are notified of an incident involving sexual misconduct, they are responsible for promptly and fairly adjudicating these cases.
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.
Do You Need Legal Representation?
Absolutely. The career damage suffered by professors, with or without tenure, can be devastating. While we at the Lento Law Firm belie