Title IX is a federal law that prohibits gender discrimination within federally funded higher education institutions. Sexual misconduct is legally regarded as gender discrimination. So, any actions that constitute sexual misconduct are considered a violation of Title IX. Also under this law, colleges and universities must internally adjudge all alleged instances of sexual misconduct committed by and/or against students.
The Title IX process is used by institutions to determine potential violations. The investigation period is an essential part of this process. During this period and throughout the entire process, students will need the assistance of an outside party, known as an advisor, to help them navigate this process.
The Role of an Advisor
People who bring allegations (complainants) and those who respond to said allegations (respondents) are afforded the right to select anyone they feel would best occupy the role of an advisor. This right is extended because both complainants and respondents alike will need assistance in the intricate and oftentimes overwhelming Title IX process. Choosing the right attorney to be in your corner during this process will make all the difference in maintaining an equitable process and achieving a favorable outcome.
The Benefits of Choosing an Attorney as Your Advisor
An attorney's assistance will be very useful in this process. An experienced attorney has likely been through the Title IX process numerous times and understands what it takes to adequately prepare for an investigation or hearing. An attorney can also ensure that a respondent's rights are protected and properly exercised.