Title IX of the Education Amendments is a federal law that prohibits gender discrimination within federally-funded higher education institutions. Upon its enactment in 1972, the law was initially implemented as a mechanism to establish equal opportunities for women in intercollegiate sports. But in recent years, national conversations regarding Title IX unfailingly concern a more pervasive form of gender discrimination in higher education: sexual misconduct. As a consequence of numerous “call to actions,” unrelenting advocacy efforts, national movements, and an alarming rate of lawsuits, the guidelines for adjudicating complaints of sexual misconduct in Colorado colleges and universities today are more clear and immediate than ever.
Being accused - or formally known as a respondent - in a Title IX complaint alleging sexual misconduct is an uphill battle within itself. There's an unshakeable stigma that comes with this label that often warrants premature mistreatment and judgment far before due process is carried out. Being a student-athlete who happens to also be a respondent adds another layer of complexity to a whirlwind of a process. To successfully navigate the Title IX process as a student-athlete respondent, you absolutely need the help of an attorney-advisor. Here's why: