Pennsylvania Title IX Advisor for ROTC Students

The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program was first established by the U.S. Army in the provisions of the National Defense Act of 1916. Across the country, there are now roughly 1,700 post-secondary institutions that have ROTC programs for the branches of the military. Students that have committed to enter these programs must comply with the written rules and requirements of both their school and the military.

A potentially serious allegation that a student could face is a violation of federal Title IX guidelines, which pertain to sexual discrimination.  In addition to potentially being suspended or dismissed from the school, ROTC students may also face program disenrollment for breaching their military contracts. Students who are facing such significant ramifications must promptly seek assistance from an attorney that is well-versed in this specific realm of legal practice.

What is Title IX?

Implemented in 1972 by the U.S. Department of Education, Title IX requires that all schools establish and maintain written guidelines related to handling accusations of sexually-based discrimination. Institutions that fail to comply will risk losing eligibility for federal education funding.  Each school must designate a Title IX Coordinator that facilitates the process of investigating, making a ruling, and potentially imposing sanctions and penalties.  

These violations may occur in many ways. An example is when someone is excluded from participation or denied benefits based on their gender or sexual orientation. Title IX