An accusation of sexual misconduct is serious business. You may think that just because you're a student you won't face any real disciplinary action. It's true that your school can't sentence you to jail time. However, it can assign sanctions that can have just as long-lasting repercussions. The minimum penalty you're likely to face is suspension. More probably, your school will expel you. Obviously, that can limit your career prospects.
Given just how much is at stake, it's important you find out all you can about how CUNY, John Jay College of Criminal Justice treats these cases. You need to know the school's investigative procedures. You need to know what rights you're entitled to and how to claim them. Most importantly, though, you need to know how to get help. Because you want to be as prepared as you possibly can, but you also need to know you can't handle this situation alone.
Title IX Cases
The first thing you need to know is that CUNY, John Jay doesn't just have one sexual misconduct policy. It has two. Most allegations are dealt with under Title IX. That's a federal law passed in 1972 prohibiting sexual discrimination on college campuses. Here's how Title IX cases work:
- Your school has a designated Title IX Coordinator. Anyone may report you for sexual misconduct, but only a complainant (accuser) or the Coordinator may sign an official complaint against