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Overview of College Policies In Response to COVID-19

Last spring, nearly all colleges and universities in the country turned to remote education as the coronavirus pandemic led to stay-at-home orders and the closings of non-essential businesses. During the summer, many of those colleges and universities made plans to reopen for on-campus learning, and developed policies designed to bring students, faculty, and staff back …

Title IX and Minority Rights

Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, students and employees of colleges and universities are protected against discrimination on the basis of sex. Under Title IX, those protections extend to educational programs and activities, including campus athletics, Greek organizations, and other university clubs. Any college or university that receives federal funding, unless it …

Formal vs. Informal Complaints

Sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, can destroy a person’s ability to access educational opportunities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that provides critically important legal protections against this type of discrimination. Among other things, the law requires all schools that receive any form of federal financial assistance to administer …

False Accusations Under Title IX

Title IX is a federal statute that requires educational institutions that receive federal funding to ensure that sexual harassment and sexual violence do not interfere with their students’ education and well-being. Although enacted with the intention of protecting students, faculty members, and staff on campuses across the country, Title IX does not always operate that …

Does Title IX Apply if Both Parties Were Under the Influence of Alcohol?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects those who belong to certain education programs from discrimination based on sex, which includes both sexual harassment and sexual violence. Under the terms of Title IX, sexual encounters that take place without consent qualify as sexual assault. However, determining whether a party consented to sexual activity …
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