Title IX of the Education Amendments is a federal law that prohibits sexual misconduct in federally funded colleges and universities. Being accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment, rape, or any other form of sexual misconduct at Houghton College is a Title IX violation that your school must resolve. If you are found “responsible” for this conduct, you could be exposed to pretty serious repercussions that could jeopardize your plans to graduate.
For the purposes of this article, we'll address Houghton College's disciplinary process and why you need an attorney-advisor if you find yourself in this predicament.
Houghton College's Disciplinary Process
Under Title IX, Houghton College is required to adjudicate any cases of sexual misconduct brought to the institution's attention. The Department of Education urges compliant higher education institutions to respond to these accusations in a manner that is prompt and equitable. If the school fails to do so, its federal funding is at stake. Complainants (the reporter of the complaint) and especially respondents (the person accused of sexual misconduct) should understand that their school will approach their case with the utmost seriousness, and each party should follow suit.
Reporting an Incident
Any individual who has experienced sexual misconduct while participating in a Houghton College-sponsored program, or who is aware of a community member who has been harmed by such a violation, is encouraged to notify an authority. A Houghton College student or employee who wishes to report an incident may choose one or more of the following op