Indiana is now home to roughly 73 college and university locations. These institutions are among the majority throughout the U.S. that must comply with federal Title IX guidelines. Title IX was originally established by the U.S. Department of Education in 1972. The intent was to address problems with sexually-based discrimination in all educational institutions.
Schools are tasked with creating and maintaining written policies and procedures that explain how complaints of sexual discrimination are managed. Nationally, enforcement is the responsibility of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Schools that fail to comply with the provisional guidelines may no longer be eligible for federal education funding.
Sexually-based harassment may be committed by students, faculty, visitors, and others associated with an educational institution. These are sexually-oriented acts that are unwelcomed. Examples include appeals for sexual favors, unwanted advances, and other acts that are verbal, nonverbal or physical.
Acts of sexual harassment may escalate to sexual violence when they are physical and committed against someone's will. This also applies in situations involving a victim that is unable to grant consent. Examples include those who are heavily intoxicated, under the influence of drugs, and although less likely in a campus setting, those who are mentally disabled or too young to consent to sexual activity.
Other types of harassment include stereotyping and taunting. These actions may be gender-based or based on perception. Schools are responsible for ensuring that all individuals are free from these and other actions that create a hostile educational environment.
Upon receiving a complaint, the administration from the Title IX Coordinator's office is responsible for responding in a reasonable time frame. An investigation will commence that is to be free from any conflicts of interest. Federal guidelines call for all parties to be treated “equitably” throughout the proceedings.
These investigations will involve reviewing the evidence and hearing witness testimony. Many schools hold hearings with all parties present. Parties are typically permitted to choose an advisor that will provide support to some extent.
They may also offer alternative options including mediation to reach amicable resolutions. The evidentiary standards that may be used in these matters include a preponderance of the evidence or clear and convincing evidence standards.
LGBTQ Students Accused of Violations
It is estimated that students who identify at LGBTQ now compose 10% of the total enrollment at colleges and universities. This is a group often viewed as not conforming to societal norms. Based on stereotypical or false perceptions, LGBTQ students that are accused of these types of misconduct may feel that their rights are insufficiently protected. It is recommended to consult with an experienced attorney.
Why Should an Attorney Serve in the Advisor Role?
It is strongly encouraged that students consider seeking experienced legal representation for this advisory role. An attorney will assist you in preparation, ensure your rights are protected and are of importance during all stages of the proceedings including during the investigation, a hearing if convened, and any appeals process.
Experienced Title IX Advisor for Students in Indiana
Students that are found to have committed violations of their school's policies relating to Title IX in Indiana most often face significant repercussions. Joseph D. Lento is an attorney that will work to achieve a positive outcome for you. Contact the office today at (888) 535-3686 for assistance.
Illinois colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your gay or lesbian student's Title IX advisor during investigations, hearings, and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following schools
- American Academy of Art
- American InterContinental University Online
- Argosy University Chicago
- Argosy University Schaumburg
- Augustana College
- Aurora University
- Benedictine University
- Black Hawk College
- Blackburn College
- Bradley University
- Carl Sandburg College
- Chamberlain College of Nursing Illinois
- Chicago State University
- Christian Life College
- City Colleges of Chicago Harold Washington College
- City Colleges of Chicago Harry S Truman College
- City Colleges of Chicago Kennedy King College
- City Colleges of Chicago Malcolm X College
- City Colleges of Chicago Olive Harvey College
- City Colleges of Chicago Richard J Daley College
- City Colleges of Chicago Wilbur Wright College
- College of DuPage
- College of Lake County
- Columbia College Chicago
- Concordia University Chicago
- Danville Area Community College
- DePaul University
- DeVry University Illinois
- Dominican University
- East West University
- Eastern Illinois University
- Elgin Community College
- Elmhurst College
- Eureka College
- Fox College Inc .
- Greenville College
- Harper College
- Harrington College of Design
- Heartland Community College
- Hebrew Theological College
- Highland Community College
- Illinois Central College
- Illinois College
- Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Frontier Community College
- Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Lincoln Trail College
- Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Olney Central College
- Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Wabash Valley College
- Illinois Institute of Technology
- Illinois State University
- Illinois Valley Community College
- Illinois Wesley