What is university sexual misconduct?

A school's university's sexual misconduct policy needs to be distinguished from its Title IX policy due to the Title IX Final Rule, which went into effect on August 14th, 2020, sexual harassment was narrowed. The overall scope of Title IX has been narrowed. That being said, many alleged acts and offenses and misconduct will still be covered under Title IX.

Schools may have room for certain interpretation regarding many aspects of the Title IX Final Rule, but the school's university's sexual misconduct policy, they're being implemented at the present time to address misconduct that, say, would no longer be covered under Title IX, whether it's due to jurisdictional issues in the sense of a misconduct taking place off-campus or not meeting the definition of sexual harassment under the Title IX Final Rule.

Basically, schools are still going to be addressing sexual misconduct. Misconduct that was misconduct the last school year before the Title IX Final Rule went into effect will still be considered misconduct at almost all schools. It's just how the matter would be addressed. The school's university's sexual misconduct policy is basically going to be taking the place of policies that previously had been under Title IX or were adjudicated under Title IX.

That's going to be, say, in a sense of separate policy to address misconduct that does not fall under the more narrowed Title IX Final Rule. An experienced attorney advisor can help you understand what's appropriate, what should be taking place, what should not be taking place, and can help protect an accused party's interest. They should be involved from as early as possible in the process.

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