Title IX is a federal law that states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
This simple law has significantly impacted students in higher education, tackling various forms of sex discrimination on college and university campuses and leveling the playing field for all students.
With such a profound effect on many aspects of student life, you, as a college student, should understand the basics of Title IX. In this article, we'll address three important things for you to note as you embark on your educational journey.
1. It's not just about sports
When many people hear “Title IX,” they think about sports. The law's enforcement has drastically improved the state of intercollegiate sports, as it ensured women athletes and sports teams received as much funding, scholarships, and opportunities as their counterparts. But what most people may not be aware of, is that it also addresses other forms of sex discrimination. Under this law, discrimination against pregnant or parenting students and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs is prohibited. In recent years, there's been a particular focus of the law's enforcement relating to sexual harassment, assault, dating violence and other types of sexual misconduct. Schools are to adjudicate any complaints alleging this behavior under Title IX.
2. Your college should have an established procedure for adjudicating complaints of sexual assault, harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct
As of now, higher education institutions are required to promptly address complaints of sexual misconduct. Each college and university should have a clear and comprehensive procedure listed in the code of conduct that highlights all of the steps of adjudication. This way students will know what to expect.
3. Your college can issue a no-contact order under Title IX to prevent interactions between parties
If necessary for student safety, your college or university may issue a no-contact order to prevent complainants (accusers) and respondents (the accused) from interacting. This order could significantly disrupt your normal routine, especially if you have classes with said party or live in close proximity. In most cases, the respondent will be required to adjust to the brunt of these accommodations until the adjudication process is over.
Nationwide Title IX Advisor
The only way to make sure your voice is heard and your rights are upheld is to retain a student defense attorney. For respondents, especially, the assistance of an attorney advisor is invaluable in the Title IX process. National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento has the skill, experience, and expertise to help you preserve your entitled rights under Title IX and your school's policy. For a case evaluation or more information about his representation, contact him online or give him a call at 888-535-3686 today.