Although Title IX is most often associated with sex discrimination in athletics, the civil rights law also offers students protection from sexual harassment and assault at school and on college campuses. In fact, the Department of Education states that any college or university that fails to appropriately respond to allegations of sexual harassment or sexual violence on campus may be in violation of Title IX laws. If you or a loved one has suffered sexual assault or harassment on campus, and your school has failed to take meaningful action to protect your rights, contact a knowledgeable Title IX attorney today for legal help.

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sexual harassment, sexual violence and unwelcome sexual conduct at school and in the workplace. Title IX states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Under Title IX, sex discrimination includes sexual violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse and sexual harassment, and any school that receives federal financial assistance, including elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, charter schools and local school districts, is required to comply with the provisions of the federal law. This includes investigating in a timely manner any claims of sexual assault or harassment and acting accordingly to protect students on campus from harm.

What is Covered Under Title IX

Under Title IX, the following acts may be considered a violation of federal law:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Sex discrimination
  • Sexual violence
  • Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature
  • Unwanted sexual advances
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Unwelcome verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature

  • Attempted rape or sexual assault
  • Completed rape
  • Sexual intimidation
  • Inappropriate touching
  • Offensive, severe and/or frequent remarks about a person’s sex
  • Stalking

It is common for victims of sexual assault on college campuses to feel vulnerable and powerless. They are often afraid to come forward with information about the incident, either because they are fearful about the potential for retaliation, or because they are in denial about the severity of the assault, and this is especially true if the attacker was a teacher or another person in a position of authority.

Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Sexual assault, abuse and harassment is a pervasive issue on college campuses in the United States. In fact, one in four women are sexually assaulted during their time in college, and statistics show that female college students aged 18-24 are three times more likely than women in the general population to experience sexual violence. Title IX addresses this issue by applying to sexual harassment committed by teachers and educators, as well as any school employees or non-employee third parties, such as visiting speakers or athletes. In one recent incident involving sexual assault by a school employee on a college campus, Dr. George Tyndall, longtime gynecologist at the University of Southern California (USC), has been named in more than a dozen lawsuits claiming that the doctor sexually abused young female students during his nearly 30-year tenure at the university. It could be argued that by failing to promptly investigate the claims of sexual misconduct brought against Dr. Tyndall over the course of nearly 30 years, and by allowing the gynecologist continued access to young female patients during this time, USC violated the terms of Title IX laws.

How a Skilled Title IX Attorney Can Help

An experienced Title IX attorney can provide knowledgeable and compassionate representation in the following practice areas:

  • Sexual assault or harassment at school
  • Sexual assault or harassment in the workplace
  • Sexual abuse in youth organizations
  • Sexual abuse in religious organizations
  • Sexual assault on college campuses
  • Gender-based bullying
  • Sexism, sexist attitudes and sex stereotyping
  • Unfair treatment, attitudes or behavior towards a person based on his or her gender
  • Gender identity discrimination
  • Rape

Title IX Lawsuit Information

It is common for victims of sexual assault on college campuses to feel vulnerable and powerless. They are often afraid to come forward with information about the incident, either because they are fearful about the potential for retaliation, or because they are in denial about the severity of the assault, and this is especially true if the attacker was a teacher or another person in a position of authority. If you have been the victim of sexual harassment or sexual assault, especially if the assault was perpetrated by a teacher at your school or by another school employee, contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. With a knowledgeable Title IX lawyer on your side, you can protect your legal rights and seek fair and timely compensation for your losses.

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