Title IX & Your Rights
“ALL students are protected by Title IX, regardless of whether they have a disability, are international or undocumented, and regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.”
–U.S. Department of Education
Title IX applies to ALL forms of sexual and gender violence. Including sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence, and domestic violence.
Each school’s Title IX process can be different, but every school must incorporate the following elements:
Publish their grievance procedure. Outlining the complaint, investigation, and disciplinary process for addressing sexual violence.This can be found either on their website, student handbook, or resource pages.
Prompt and equitable. Your school must complete the Title IX process in a timely manner. Most processes take around 60 days (depending on the institution and the report).
Equitable. Both parties have the same rights throughout the process.
- Have an adviser present during the process (this includes an advocate)
- Present evidence or have witnesses speak
- Timely access to information that will be used at the hearing
- Receive the final hearing decision in writing at the same time as the other party
- Appeal the final decision
Standard of the evidence. The standard of evidence used, preponderance of evidence, determines whether a complaint of sex discrimination is “more likely than not” to have occurred.
Protection from retaliation. Your school must protect you from ALL harassment, intimidation, or discrimination that you might encounter because of reporting. This includes from peers, faculty or through social media
Help you get back on track. Your school must provide you with interim measures such as immediate help. Changing classes,on campus living, counseling, test accommodations, are all things that your school can offer to help take the burden off you even before an investigation is complete.
For more information on your rights as a student, click HERE
Here’s a look at how the general investigation process may go depending on your institution:
Survivors often find that they continue to need resources and support even after the process is done. Click HERE to find an advocate near you, or click HERE to see what
on-campus resources and support are available after reporting..