When is a college or university required to investigate sexual harassment or sexual misconduct under the Title IX Final Rule?

A college or university is required to investigate sexual harassment via in the traditional sense of sexual misconduct under The Title IX Final Rule whenever a school has a formal complaint, either signed by the complainant or by The Title IX coordinator him or herself. If a report is received by the school, this was something that was open to interpretation before The Title IX Final Rule went into effect but with The Title IX Final Rule going to effect, the school can pursue a case whether the complainant, say, signs that formal complaint or if appropriate to the circumstances, a school through The Title IX coordinator can pursue that investigation into the sexual harassment.

If you're facing a Title IX sexual misconduct case or concern, having an experienced attorney advisor can help you navigate the process, can help you work towards trying to ensure a fair process and a favorable outcome, and they should be involved from as early as possible in the process.

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