College policies on sexual misconduct prohibit physically or emotionally abusive behavior in dating relationships. In Title IX cases stemming from long-term relationships, it is not uncommon for college administrators to bring charges of intimate partner violence. If you believe you have been the victim of such behavior, or have been wrongly accused of such behavior, Allen Harris can help. Contact us today to learn more about your rights in a campus disciplinary case based on intimate partner violence.
Protecting Students from Intimate Partner Violence
As you know, violent or abusive behavior against intimate partners is a very serious issue in our society, and unfortunately, it can occur on college campuses as well. In campus sexual codes and under Title IX, this behavior falls under the general label of “intimate partner violence,” or IPV, though it is probably more commonly known as domestic and dating violence or abuse. Like other forms of sexual assault and violence, it often goes unreported. Victims have difficulty identifying abusive behaviors, blame themselves, or keep silent.
Defining Intimate Partner Violence
In addition to physical or sexual abuse, dating violence can include verbal or emotional harassment. A partner may belittle their boyfriend or girlfriend, call them names, threaten them, or seek to control their behavior, such as by keeping them from hanging out with friends, constantly calling or texting to check on them, or refusing to let them attend certain events by themselves. These behaviors can have a number of negative effects on the victim. They may experience depression and anxiety in addition to fear, and they may also exhibit antisocial behaviors or turn to drugs and alcohol. Under Title IX, a victim of dating violence can report their partner’s behavior to an appropriate school official.
Your Rights Under Title IX
Unfortunately, as serious as dating violence is to victims, IPV claims are sometimes made in bad faith. A partner may accuse a boyfriend or girlfriend of abuse during a “messy” breakup, or simply to force them to leave a shared apartment. Colleges and universities address Intimate Partner Violence under their Title IX policies, but unfortunately, these policies frequently do not offer students a fair process. Both complainants and respondents can find themselves facing a university administration that does not seem to have their best interests in mind. If you are involved in a campus Title IX proceeding for intimate partner violence, you should consult an attorney as soon as possible.
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If you have any further questions, contact Allen Harris today.