Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that receives federal funding. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, rape, and sexual assault.
What Is Title IX?
Students and staff members are protected from sex discrimination under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Title IX protects all students and staff members from sexual harassment and sexual assault on campus. This means that under Title IX, schools are required to promptly investigate any claims of sexual harassment or sexual assault and act accordingly to protect students on campus. Schools are required to adhere to these requirements as soon as they are notified of harassment or assault or if they should have known about an incident occurring.
Title IX also covers harassment based on gender, which can include verbal and nonverbal harassment, intimidation, physical aggression and hostility toward a specific gender without sexual desire.
AMG has been at the forefront at pursuing and publicizing Title IX claims against colleges for sexual assault on campus. For example, AMG represented close to a dozen current and former students against a college accusing the school of mishandling allegations of sexual assault.
In 2015, AMG, with co-counsel, filed a lawsuit on behalf of two former students against Boise State University alleging the school's track and field coaching staff ignored multiple sexual assaults by the same male athlete resulting in multiple victims.
What Steps Can You Take After Sexual Harassment or Sexual Violence?
In addition to filing a police report (if you so choose), you can file an internal complaint to your school. You are not required to file a police report to file an internal complaint. The school then must take steps to protect your safety and to prevent any future harassment. This may include the school changing your class schedule, investigating the incident and potentially expelling the accused perpetrator.
Victims and individuals who are aware of sexual harassment or assault occurring on campus and do not think their school is following Title IX requirements can file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education.
Contact Us About Your Title IX Case
We are committed to helping victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus. Learn more about your rights and how we can help. Call 323-302-4774 or 212-202-2966 or contact us online to make an appointment with one of our attorneys.