Title IX & College Discipline
Title IX & Sex Discrimination
Title IX is a federal law that seeks to ensure that both male and female students and employees in the education setting are treated equally and fairly. It does so by prohibiting discrimination based on gender (sex), gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. This law also protects students who do not subscribe to gender stereotypes as well as transgender students. Title IX promotes gender equity in the educational institutions in the state.
Violation of Title IX attracts penalties such as; verbal or written warnings, disciplinary probation, change of residence halls, suspensions for a designated period of time, expulsion from school, loss of employment or tenure, a requirement to seek counseling, restitution, loss of scholarships, a requirement of a formal apology and revocation or withholding of a degree. The penalty depends on the act committed and the status (student/employee) of the perpetrator at the institution.
Sexual Battery or Other Sexual Misconduct
The Education Code also criminalizes sexual assault as well as sexual battery, which includes sexual violence.
When battery is committed on school property, including a community college, such offense is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars, imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one year, or both. Where assault or battery is committed on school property during school hours or during school activities, a peace officer may arrest the perpetrator without a warrant, whether the said act occurred in the presence of the peace officer or not, as long as the peace officer has reasonable cause to believe that the perpetrator ought to be arrested whether or not the act has in fact been committed.
Any form of sexual harassment that interferes with a student’s right to receive an education free from discrimination is criminalized by law. Every student should be protected from sexual harassment in a school’s educational programs and activities. The education institution is mandated to make reasonable efforts to act on incidences of sexual harassment.
Academic Dishonesty Violations (Cheating)
It is prohibited for a person, whether an individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or association, to prepare a term paper, thesis, dissertation, or any other academic written material for a student. Students are expected to craft their own academic assignments.
Examples of Schools where Saros Law APC served as an Advisor
Cal Poly, Pomona
California State University Fullerton
El Camino College
Humboldt State University
Loyola Marymount University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Southern California
University of Wisconsin