Connecticut Title IX Appeal Advisor

Federal gender-equity law Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in the majority of Connecticut educational institutions. Its implementation and enforcement within state colleges and universities have been relatively controversial. Overall, the law intends to ensure that all students have equal access to education regardless of sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity. It also forbids several gender-based discriminatory acts, like sexual harassment, and sexual assault. Under Title IX, any complaint detailing pervasive misconduct should be met with immediate action.

When a school receives notification of alleged sexual misconduct, all the parties involved will undergo a Title IX resolution process. This process is conducted to determine whether there was a violation of policy. Several meetings, an investigation, and a hearing will be regulated to dictate whether a respondent is “responsible” or not responsible for the alleged misconduct. When a Title IX proceeding results in a responsible finding, the accused has the right to appeal a school's decision.

Your Right to Appeal

Student respondents who are dissatisfied with their case outcome, or feel as if the decision was unfair or unfounded have the option of appealing. An appeal is a written request for a school to reconsider its decision. The appeals process has been implemented in educational institutions to keep school authorities accountable for the decisions they make. Oftentimes, schools recommend sanctions that can significantly impair the academic and professional careers of students. If the right decision isn't made in these circumstances, it should be co