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What are the Consequences of Not Reporting Sexual Misconduct?

Sexual misconduct can be hard to acknowledge and even hard for some people to recognize. Standards in society have shifted dramatically in recent decades, and conduct that was once considered merely in poor taste is now blatantly illegal. Other forms of sexual misconduct such as sexual assault used to be commonly ignored or downplayed on …

What are Consent and Incapacitation?

Students who engage in sexual activity on or off campus must ensure that their partner consents according to legal standards. No one can give consent when they are incapacitated. Those rules are clear. Failure to abide by them leaves students open to Title IX complaints and potential criminal or civil liability. What is not always …

Drinking and Consent in Title IX Cases

Drinking is pretty common on college campuses, and so is sex. Unfortunately, it is also becoming common for students having sex to claim later that they were raped because they were too drunk to consent. Then they file a Title IX case for sexual assault. How does drinking affect a Title IX case? Does it …

Title IX No-Contact Orders: Here’s What You Need to Know

A No-Contact Order—which a Title IX lawyer will often refer to as an “NCO”—is commonly issued by colleges after someone has made a complaint of sexual assault or harassment. The complaint initiates a lengthy Title IX investigation and other processes that usually take considerable time to resolve. This means that an NCO can be in …

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 …