TITLE IX: ENSURING GENDER EQUALITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Title IX is a federal law that aims to promote gender equality in higher education by prohibiting discrimination based on gender in federally funded colleges and universities. This means that most higher education institutions in the nation must abide by Title IX regulations, because they are funded at least partially by the government.
Unfortunately, bullying remains prevalent on college campuses, and it can be a form of gender discrimination that must be addressed by the college under current federal guidelines. If an allegation of this conduct is reported, both the accused student and accuser must undergo what is known as the Title IX process to come up with a determination. The process usually begins with an investigation followed sometimes by a hearing for the school to determine, based on evidence presented, whether or not an accused student is responsible for violating school policy and/or federal law.
Bullying: What It Is And Examples Of Bullying Behavior
Inevitably, some ask what behavior constitutes bullying under Title IX regulation. Bullying refers to any act (either verbal or physical) that causes significant emotional or physical harm to another student or group of students. Generally speaking, most schools consider bullying pervasive when it results in interfering with the victim’s education, creating a threatening environment or significantly interrupting the operation of the institution.
Here are some examples of bullying behavior:
– Aggressive yelling or shouting
– Persistent use of abusive, insulting, or offensive language
– Regularly inappropriately teasing someone or making him/her feel uncomfortable through jokes or pranks
– Unwarranted physical contact/gestures
– Disseminating inappropriate photos/videos using email/ social media
– Sharing misinformation/prejudicial rumors etc.
Students Accused Of Misconduct Borrowing On “Due Process” Rights In Title IX Proceedings
If you have been accused of any form of bullying behavior mentioned above with respect to Title IX, it can be challenging to navigate. You need assistance from an experienced attorney who understands what it takes to protect your rights: Students are entitled to due process rights despite the nature of the proceedings. For example, there have been some reported cases where students feel like their rights were violated because of external pressure, timelines imposed by the Department of Education, and other hindrances. These arent isolated incidents.
Nationwide Title IX Advisor Todd Spodek
The most effective way to guarantee that your voice is heard and your entitlements retained is by hiring a student defense attorney advisor specialized in these matters when you encounter a Title IX scenario at college or university level. The assistance of an attorney advisor is especially priceless for respondents.
Todd Spodek provides nationwide representation as a former school prosecutor now focusing Student Discipline Defense in Higher Education Administrative Actions before both universities and colleges across the United States which include Title IX investigations/disciplinary hearings.
As nationally identifiable title ix lawyer Todd Spodek has extreme depth knowledge about these types of legal scenarios faced by college students across the country.
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