Allegations of sexual misconduct on college campuses are handled via the university’s code of conduct processes as Title IX infractions. A Title IX hearing will be held to settle the issues. You must consult with a high school Title IX lawyer as early as possible if you are involved in such an incident.
The Supreme Court of the United States amended Title IX protections to cover sexual assaults in 1992.
There has been many changes and expansion in how sexual harassment and assault are considered and defined. They now include a broader range of behaviors and acts than in the past. A Title IX hearing is a serious matter, no matter the allegations. It’s a significant matter for the convicted, the complainant, and the institution. There may be consequences for a college’s financing if it does not conduct a thorough investigation and take swift action in response to allegations.
The following are examples of Title IX accusations; however, they are not exhaustive:
- The use of sexually explicit language.
- The act of sexual assault.
- Relationship Abuse.
- The absence of consent.
- Domestic abuse.
- Capturing and distributing video clips
- Unwelcome physical contact.
When a complaint is lodged against a student, the school is required by federal law to conduct an investigation as soon as possible. The methods used differ from one school to the next. Some aspects are universally applicable. Hearings under the Title IX policy are held on campus. When a school receives a complaint, the investigation process begins.
The school appoints an investigator. Evidence is collected, and witness statements are obtained and recorded.
Following the opening of an inquiry, the school has the authority to apply punishment against the alleged student. They have the power to suspend a student from school, campus, and NCAA athletics. They have the control to terminate the accused’s work-study position. The accused may be barred from living in student accommodation until resolved.
The presence of attorneys in hearings with kids is authorized, although they are not always allowed to speak. After being advised of the possibility of a Title IX complaint, the accused student must speak with an attorney as soon as possible. It is thus critical that you have all of the resources accessible to you to represent yourself as effectively as possible – especially while under pressure and in a potentially hostile atmosphere.