Is a college or university required to treat a complainant equitably under the Title IX Final Rule?

A college or university is required to treat a complainant equitably under the Title IX Final Rule by providing remedies to a complainant whenever a respondent is found responsible, say after going through the Title IX grievance process. Those remedies can be various in nature, but if a respondent is found responsible, all bets are off. The respondent can be suspended, they can be expelled. Sanctions can include anything say from as least severe as a warning, through probation to suspension to expulsion. People regrettably, often do not recognize that schools, as a baseline, in most instances, impose a suspension or expulsion for respondents found responsible.

Other sanctions as appropriate to the circumstances could include a loss of housing, a loss of eligibility to plan a sports team, a change of class schedule. The potential consequences can be severe, both for a respondent and a complainant, depending on what the outcome may be. Ultimately, under the Title IX Final Rule, treating a complainant equitably by providing remedies when a respondent is found responsible is mandated. Having an experienced attorney advisor can help you best navigate the process and they should be involved from as early as possible in the Title IX case.

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