Title IX is a civil rights law that protects anyone in a federally funded education program from discrimination based on sex, age, or race. To break that down, this means that colleges, universities, and institutions are legally obligated to act on reports of sexual assault, harassment, and rape in a legally responsible manner. It also includes acts of prejudice due to age or race. If you feel like you have been a victim of one of these infractions while within the jurisdiction of a federally funded institution, and you are unsatisfied with the responses from that institution, you may have a Title IX case. Call us for a free consultation that will determine the strengths of your claims and help you take the next steps towards justice.
Common Precedents for TItle IX Cases
- Were you the victim of a sexual crime while on the property of a federally funded institution?
- Did you report the crime to the institution in question?
- If so, has the institution failed to act according to the severity of the law in regards to your attacker?
Title IX law was made in specific regard to the activities of a higher education institution that receives federal funding. The nature of sexual crimes often rely on the protection of such institutions to fail to react with the full harshness of the law in the event of the crime being reported. This law ensures that higher education facilities are a safe space for students and employees and not a haven for sexual predators to conduct their criminal acts. If you feel that your higher education school has disregarded or ignored your claims of sexual harassment or assault – it is time to consult the experts.
Sexual Assault and Harassment Under Title IX
- Have you notified or reported the incidents and named your attacker? Did your reports result in any form of legal or disciplinary action?
- To what extent did the attack or incident take place at properties within the jurisdiction/ownership of the higher education institution in question?
- Is your attacker someone who is under the jurisdiction of the institution, whether as an employee, faculty member, or fellow student?
Answers to these questions will determine the strength of your Title IX case as it applies to the liability of your higher education school. If you can prove that the school’s response to your reports are unreasonable in light of the facts, and that the incidents took place on properties that are under their authority, chances are that a Title IX infraction has occurred.
Cases involving sexual harassment and discrimination for age, gender, and race often fall under the auspices of the EEOC. The timeline for making such claims are often very short. Contact an experienced attorney to ensure your rights don’t expire due to a statute of limitations.
Contacting me is the first step to finding out if you have a case. Consultations are always free.