April 18, 2023 | Title IX
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in any educational institution that receives federal funding. This includes students, faculty, administrative staff, vendors doing business at the institution, and other full and part-time employees.
Noncompliance with Title IX rules by institutions can result in serious consequences such as forfeiture of federal funds, including money for student loans.
Violations of Title IX
Gender bias in athletic programs, assault and sexual misconduct, rape, stalking, relationship violence, sexual coercion, housing discrimination, gender bias at work, sexually motivated verbal and non-verbal conduct, and creating a hostile learning environment are some of the most frequent Title IX violations.
These types of violations can occur on college campuses as well as in K-12 schools across the country. It is important to note that single incidents may constitute a violation, but so can a pattern of behavior over time.
The Impact of Non-Compliance on Universities
For many students and young people, student loans are a necessary part of attending college or university, but they come with risks associated with non-compliance with Title IX mandates.
If a college or university fails to comply with these rules and regulations, they could be subject to penalties such as the withdrawal of federal funds that have been set aside for student loans. Losing federal funding can also leave institutions unable to fund programs or services that their students rely on.
The Impact of Non-Compliance on Individuals
When an individual violates the provisions set forth in Title IX, they can face a variety of penalties depending on the severity and nature of the violation.
Some common penalties that may be imposed include a verbal or written warning, disciplinary probation, change in residence hall, job position/loss of employment/tenure, counseling requirement, restitution, and loss of scholarships.
In cases where there is egregious misconduct, such as sexual assault or violence against another student or faculty member on campus grounds, more severe punishments may be imposed. These could include suspension/expulsion from school, revocation, or withholding of degree.
The Impact of Violations on Financial Assistance and Athletic Scholarships
Financial assistance and athletic scholarships are a major source of support for college students. But, students accused of Title IX violations risk having these forms of support reduced or canceled if they are found guilty and are unable to continue playing sports or engaging in other activities as planned.
This could have a significant impact on a student’s ability to pay for tuition fees and other expenses such as housing and books.
Depending on the situation and the details surrounding it, criminal charges may also be brought against those responsible for serious violations.
Title IX Hearings
Title IX sets out a requirement that educational institutions investigate and address sexual harassment, stalking, and sexual assault cases involving their students. This type of investigation is independent of any criminal charges or investigations that may be taking place simultaneously.
It is the responsibility of the school to set up its own system for investigating reports of misconduct by its students (e.g., interviewing parties involved) and collecting evidence.
At the conclusion of this process, there must be a disciplinary hearing where both parties can present their case before an impartial panel, who then decide whether any disciplinary action should be taken against the accused student(s).
Legal Representation During Title IX Investigations
If you find yourself under investigation due to an alleged violation of Title IX regulations in your school or workplace setting, it’s important to seek legal representation right away.
An experienced lawyer with knowledge of this area can help you navigate through the complexities and ensure your rights are protected along the way. Contact Suhre & Associates, LLC, to schedule a free consultation.
Contact the Lexington Title IX Attorneys at Suhre & Associates, LLC For Help Today
For more information, contact the Title IX attorneys at Suhre & Associates, LLC give us a call today at (859) 569-4014 or visit us at our Lexington law office.
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