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Graduate Student Expelled on Sexual Misconduct Sues Syracuse University for Biased Title IX Investigation

Allen Law LLC has sued Syracuse University on behalf of a graduate student following his expulsion for alleged sexual misconduct. The plaintiff, referred to anonymously as John Doe, claims the Title IX investigation was biased and that the sanctions imposed were unfair. Filed on Monday, Feb. 12, this is the fourth lawsuit alleging that SU conducted biased, overzealous prosecutions during…

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An In-Depth Look: Title IX and the Code of Conduct at Connecticut College

Connecticut College has a unique Honor Code in which a select group of students disciplines their peers. However, a self-standing quasi-judiciary handles Title IX sexual misconduct violations under a separate system. College enrollment is just over 1,800 students. Despite this small student body, Conn College received 12 reports of rape, five of dating violence, and two of stalking in the…

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New Title IX Statistics Show Saying “No” Works

Arguments over statistics and Title IX are nothing new, but researchers rarely focus on what is effective in preventing sexual assault. Now a recent study by social scientists at Columbia University suggests an effective way to counter sexual assault on campus along with student misconduct policies and Title IX. The Columbia study shows that learning how to say “No” to…

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Disability Rights and Title IX

It is becoming increasingly clear that students with disabilities are both disproportionately vulnerable to accusations of sexual misconduct and disproportionately vulnerable to sexual misconduct. On the Friday before Thanksgiving week, the Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Education issued proposed rules governing Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education….

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What Is a Title IX Interim Measure?

Before colleges or universities begin investigating a claim of sexual assault or other misconduct, they typically act to isolate the parties and, ideally, to protect them and the evidence during the investigation. These measures are usually called “interim measures.” Some schools call them “interim actions.” New regulations proposed by the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education have…

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New Regulations Will Boost Reliability of Title IX Procedures

The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education released new regulations on November 16, 2018. Many of the new rules will likely increase the reliability of Title IX proceedings and should be welcomed by both the advocates of victims and the advocates for the rights of the accused. One cornerstone of the new regulations is a requirement (not…

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An In-Depth Look: UConn’s Title IX and Code Violation Policies

The University of Connecticut received 127 reports in 2017 of sexual assault, 67 cases of intimate partner violence, and 15 incidents of stalking. This amounts to 219 claims of Title IX violations. UConn expelled five students for Title IX violations and imposed lesser sanctions on other students. So how does Connecticut’s flagship university handle Title IX matters? Like most schools,…

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Accused… Now What?

Three Things to Do When You’ve Been Accused of a Title IX Violation – It’s easy to be caught off guard when you receive notice that you have been accused of a Title IX violation. You may wonder how your behavior came off as offensive, or you will vehemently dispute what your accuser has said. You may deny all accusations….

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Four Title IX Lessons from the Brett Kavanaugh Hearings

On September 27, 2018, millions of Americans witnessed the testimonies of a man accused of sexual assault, Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. The proceeding was similar to hearings that take place with increasing frequency at colleges and universities as a result of Title IX investigations. And comparisons to Title IX were quick to follow. Harvard…

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