Thousands of international students attend Missouri colleges and universities to seize the rewarding opportunities the United States education system has to offer. In turn, they better Missouri campuses by diversifying them and adding a fresh, valuable perspective to these academic environments. Title IX policies are intended to protect international students, just as much as they are meant to protect native Missourians. This is the case for international students who are accusers, known as “complainants,” and the accused, referred to as “respondents.”
Title IX policies can have serious consequences for any student accused of sexual misconduct. However, international students must be aware of how Title IX policies specifically impact them.
Understanding Title IX
The federal civil rights law Title IX of the Education Amendments has been enforced to protect students from gender-based discrimination in federally funded colleges and universities, regardless of immigration status, citizen status, or national origin. 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, higher education institutions are required to fairly and promptly adjudicate all complaints alleging this misconduct.
The Effects of Sexual Misconduct Allegations on Missouri International Students
Being a respondent in sexual misconduct cases already comes with its inherent drawbacks. Most respondents, for example, claim to be treated less favorably than complainants despite the fact that Title IX e