Known as the only public university in the nation's capital, the University of the District of Columbia is where many in-state and out-of-state students have chosen to pursue their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Much like other federally funded schools, this institution places on emphasis on integrity, and has implemented federal regulations for all members of its campus community to abide by. Civil rights legislation, Title IX, specifically condemns and outright bars the exhibition of gender-based discriminatory behavior by UDC students.
Sexual misconduct is considered gender-based discrimination in accordance with Title IX, which means that schools are obligated to investigate and resolve all complaints reported of this nature. Students facing allegations of said behavior have been known to undergo dire repercussions upon being found responsible for sexual misconduct. In some cases, these consequences have kept students from fulfilling the ultimate goal of attending UDC in the first place: getting a degree. If you have been accused of sexual misconduct, it's important you understand the processes you are about to undergo, and the value of a dependable lawyer to occupy the role of an advisor throughout this process.
For the purposes of this article, we will provide a brief overview of UDC's Title IX process.
Title IX Process
UDC plans on wrapping up processes entirely within sixty calendar days, depending on the allegations presented. Throughout the process, an individual who identifies as a victim/survivor of the alleged sexual misconduct is referred to as a “complainant,” while an individual who is accused o