Title IX protects students throughout the country against discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment. If you believe that you are a victim of sexual harassment on campus or if you have been accused, Allen Harris is here to help. Contact us today.
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Sexual Harassment Defined
Sexual harassment in the educational setting occurs when sexual conduct – verbal, physical, or visual – prevents someone from accessing or benefiting from educational opportunities. Examples of verbal harassment might include unwanted, lewd comments about a person’s body or spreading rumors about someone’s sexual activity. Visual sexual harassment can occur through the display or sharing of obscene pictures, messages, or objects.
A School’s Duty When Sexual Harassment is Reported
Different schools define sexual harassment in different ways. However, Title IX requires all schools to take steps to prevent sexual harassment and investigate reported abuse. A pattern of recurring behavior may constitute sexual harassment, but investigators can also find that a single incident constitutes a violation.
What to do if You are a Victim of Sexual Harassment on Campus
If you have experienced sexual harassment on campus, be sure to gather as much documentation as possible about precisely what occurred and when. For online harassment, take screenshots as proof of the harassment, with a record of time and date. This is particularly important since text messages and social media posts can later be erased. If you have been subjected to sexual harassment, you can report the harassment to the school’s Title IX coordinator. If your school is unresponsive to legitimate complaints or retaliates against you in any way for making a complaint, litigation may also be appropriate.
Allegations of Sexual Harassment
If you have been accused of sexual harassment, you will face some type of investigative process and, depending on the circumstances, a hearing with an opportunity to ask questions of the parties and witnesses. In any case involving allegations of campus sexual misconduct, both parties are entitled to an advisor of their choice to accompany them to all disciplinary meetings and hearings. A skilled and compassionate campus disciplinary lawyer can help guide you through the process and protect your rights.
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Sexual harassment is an extremely serious issue that impacts countless lives on college campuses across the country. Whether you are the victim or the accused, you have rights that your university must protect, and our firm is here to help. Contact Allen Harris today.