*For our readers in the USA*
No one should have to deal with sexual harassment or assault on school grounds. It is an unfortunate part of life that affects millions of students. Title IX sanctions were created to curtail this problem, but it still requires a little knowledge to be effective.
Life On Campus
Students have a lot of responsibilities once they leave the home nest. But even with these added duties, they never dream of having to hire skilled sex crime attorneys. Just like insurance, you don’t realise how valuable a service is until you actually use it.
Life on campus differs for each student, so no one will have the same experience. Some party, some study and others travel to and from their hometown. The one thing they have in common is their constant interactions with other students.
That means even a responsible student can get mixed up in a difficult situation.
What Are Title IX Sanctions?
In 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments became an important civil rights law to follow. It prevents discrimination based on sex. This involves key activities and education programs in multiple school systems. Title IX covers rape, sexual violence, sexual assault, sexual coercion and sexual battery.
On the surface, this makes schools accountable for any misdirection or misinformation associated with sexual breach of conduct. It’s important to point out that Title IX covers both student and faculty interactions. Under the current law, the sanctions can be applied equally whether the interaction is student to student or faculty to student.
Deciding Who Is Responsible
The most notable part about Title IX is that it forces the school to take responsibility. Before the law became official, there were cases that were buried under paperwork and long court cases. With Title IX, schools have to respond promptly to every case.
This includes situations where both the parent and the student request that no action be taken against the aggressor. Even without a complaint, the school has to follow up with the situation to ensure the students safety. It isn’t uncommon for a normal criminal investigation and school investigate to run concurrently.
Even if the school is cooperative, they may still face trouble if there were no protocols in place to prevent unsafe conditions.
Gruver v. Louisiana State University was a case opened in 2017. Max Gruver died of alcohol poisoning during a hazing ritual. In an incredible turn, the parents sued the university under Title IX, becoming the first case of its kind.
The argument is that the school monitored sororities with a closer eye than fraternities. It is a bit of a stretch for Title IX, but not to a point where the case gets thrown out. Legally this falls under gender discrimination, and if won, will change how students view Title IX sanctions and its protections.
Education Is Important
It is important to learn from the mistakes that can change your life. College students are always under a microscope, and won’t always make the right decision. Title IX can help, and in the process will save multiple lives.