Thousands of students move from other countries move to Virginia every year with hopes of seizing the benefits that the United States higher education system has to offer. In turn, these international students better state campuses by diversifying them and adding a fresh, insightful perspective to these academic environments.
Title IX law is intended to protect international students just like it protects native Virginia students. This is the case for international students whether they are accusers, referred to as “complainants,” or the accused, commonly known as “respondents. But there are certain aspects of this law and its enforcement that tend to leave international students vulnerable.
Title IX allegations can warrant serious consequences for any student accused of sexual misconduct. However, international students must be aware of how Title IX policies can specifically impact them.
Understanding Title IX
Discrimination is strictly forbidden on college campuses under federal law. Students are protected from gender-based discrimination, in particular, under Title IX of the Education Amendments. Title IX covers all students, regardless of their citizen status, national origin, or immigration status.
Sexual misconduct falls under the umbrella of gender-based discrimination, and there are multiple actions that constitute sexual misconduct. Some of them include sexual harassment, sexual assault, and dating violence - all of which are prevalent on college campuses. Under current Title IX guidance, higher education institutions are to fairly and promptly adjudicate all complaints alleging sexual misconduct in any of its forms.