If you are under investigation for sexual misconduct at the University of Illinois, you will likely be feeling distressed and overwhelmed.
College disciplinary processes can be confusing and severe, and a record of sexual misconduct can have a ruinous effect on your reputation and future prospects.
Secure an experienced attorney-advisor and familiarize yourself with your school's policies. You can best ensure that the university is held to account for its own rules and that you have a fair opportunity to defend yourself.
Illinois Colleges and Title IX or Sexual Misconduct Cases
The federal Title IX prohibits sexual harassment in schools and colleges across the country on the basis that it is a form of discrimination. Historically these have been the regulations under which schools have processed their sexual harassment and misconduct claims.
The U.S. Department of Education recently issued compulsory new Title IX regulations affording greater procedural protections to students accused of sexual misconduct. This new guidance went into effect on August 14, 2020. It was with noisy reluctance that many colleges adopted the regulations, which were seen as politically unfashionable on many campuses. UIUC and other Illinois colleges amended their Title IX policies to comply with the new guidance.
However, many colleges also recently have revised their student codes of conduct to police behavior which Title IX no longer covers. For this reason, it is particularly important that you familiarize yourself with individual school policies as well as Title IX.
UIUC: Your School's Title IX Policy