Sexual misconduct is among the most serious charges that any university student can face. The penalties can be steep. Typically, suspension is the minimum sanction. Expulsion is a real possibility. Defending yourself is often an arduous road. You will likely face many embarrassing questions. Your patience and fortitude will be put to the test.
What do you do to protect yourself? Start by learning all you can about your situation. Find out what rights you have. Learn what an investigation will look like. Spend time getting a handle on how hearings work. The more you know, the better your chances.
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The starting point for understanding sexual misconduct cases is understanding Title IX. Title IX is a federal law passed in 1972 and aimed at reducing sexual discrimination on college campuses. It quickly became the primary tool schools use to investigate and adjudicate allegations. Not every case is a Title IX case, but the vast majority are.
So, how does Title IX work exactly? Essentially, it provides a framework, a set of guidelines all schools must follow during investigations. Those guidelines are written into NIU's sexual misconduct policy.