If your teenager has been accused of a Title IX violation in Texas, you probably have a lot of questions. It's scary to see your high school student accused of something that could have a really big impact on their life and you're probably wondering what this all means.
If you're already familiar with Title IX, it might be because you've heard of some of the news stories. Title IX is one of the most hotly debated issues in education today.
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that says that any educational institution that receives federal funding cannot discriminate on the basis of sex. Known better as simply “Title IX”, the law applies to Texas schools, and schools nationwide, that serve any age group, from elementary school through college, and it prohibits discrimination in high school athletics, admissions, employment, and in areas like how pregnant students or students with children are treated.
More controversially, Title IX also requires high schools to investigate and remediate alleged discrimination, which can include allegations of sexual harassment, stalking, and sexual violence. If someone has accused your child of sexual harassment, assault, or stalking while in school, Title IX is most likely the law that applies.
Under Title IX, if a school that received federal funds knows about and ignores sexual harassment or assault in its programs or activities, the school can be held responsible. It doesn't matter if the alleged offense was committed by a faculty member, staff member, or student.
Though the original intent behind Title IX was good and the law plays an important role in protecting students, all too often schools fail to provide due process to the accused. Accusers are afforded far more rights and schools often rush to take the accuser's side, well before the matter has been investigated and adjudicated. Your accused student deserves to be heard and deserves the same procedural rights he or she would have in a regular Texas courtroom. Unfortunately, schools