Students from other countries travel to Mississippi to seize the benefits offered by the United States education system. In turn, these students better state colleges and universities by diversifying them and contributing a fresh, valuable perspective to these academic environments.
Federal law Title IX protects native Mississippi students just as it does for international students. This is the case with international students who are accusers, known as “complainants,” and students who have been accused, commonly referred to as “respondents.”
Sexual misconduct accusations can have serious consequences for any student accused of sexual misconduct. However, international students must be aware of how Title IX specifically impacts them.
Understanding Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments is a federal civil rights law that protects all college and university students from gender-based discrimination, regardless of their national origin, immigration status, or citizen status. Sexual misconduct can be constituted by the commission of many actions, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence and more. Sexual misconduct can fall under the umbrella of gender-based discrimination in accordance with this law. Therefore, under current guidelines, institutions are required to adjudicate all complaints alleging this misconduct fairly and promptly.
The Effects of Sexual Misconduct Allegations on Mississippi International Students
The experience of being a respondent in sexual misconduct cases without the additional factor of being an international student already comes with its inherent disadvantages. For example, many respondents