Have you or someone you know been accused by a university of sexual misconduct? You're not alone. Studies show that 1 in 4 undergraduate women experience sexual assault while they are students.
These alarming statistics reveal that sexual misconduct is a widespread issue on college campuses across the country. To curb this behavior, schools enforce strict punishment on students found guilty of sexual misconduct.
Universities will frequently act fast in response to sexual misconduct allegations. To remain compliant with the United States Department of Education, schools will conduct investigations to determine a sexual misconduct violation. Failing to do so may result in the school losing federal funding.
In May 2020, the Department of Education announced new rules that change how universities respond to sexual misconduct. These rules impact the investigation process, but schools may also conduct investigations that fall outside the Department of Education's policy.
Sexual misconduct charges can have major ramifications for the students involved. Read on to learn more about college sexual misconduct cases and what to do if you're accused.
College Response to Sexual Misconduct
The Department of Education prohibits all sexual misconduct under the grounds of gender-based discrimination. According to the original Title IX text, “No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”