Thousands of international students move to Florida every year to seize the rewarding opportunities the United States higher education system provides. In turn, they better state campuses by diversifying them and adding a fresh, valuable perspective to these academic environments. Title IX policies are just as applicable to international students as they are to students who are native Floridians. This is the case with both accusers, known as “complainants,” and the accused, referred to as “respondents.”
Title IX allegations can have dire consequences for any student accused of sexual misconduct. However, international students must be aware of how Title IX policies specifically affect them.
Understanding Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments is a federal civil rights law that protects all students from gender-based discrimination in federally funded colleges and universities, regardless of national origin, immigration status, or citizen status. Sexual misconduct in all of its forms - sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, etc. - is considered gender-based discrimination in accordance with this law. Therefore, under current guidelines, institutions are required to promptly and fairly adjudicate all complaints alleging this misconduct.
The Effects of Sexual Misconduct Allegations on Florida International Students
Being a respondent in sexual misconduct cases already comes with its inherent disadvantages. For example, most respondents report being treated less favorably than complainants despite the fact that Title IX endorses that the interests