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What Constitutes Sexual Harassment?

Universities that receive federal funding are required to investigate allegations of misconduct under Title IX, including sexual harassment. Sexual harassment takes many different forms, and it’s important to learn about this area of law so you can defend your rights should someone bring allegations against you.

Learn what constitutes sexual harassment under Title IX and how to protect yourself in this situation.

Sexual Harassment Under Title IX

Sexual harassment can take many different forms, including physical, verbal, visual, and electronic. Specific examples of sexual harassment under Title IX may include the following:

  • Unwanted sexual advances
  • Unwanted sexual contact
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Dating violence

On a university campus, sexual harassment can occur between any two people associated with the university community. Therefore, it’s important for everyone who attends classes at a university, serves as a university staff member, volunteers, attends university-sponsored events, or is a vendor to the university to understand their rights under this federal statute.

If an allegation of misconduct under Title IX is brought forward, the law requires the school to launch an investigation into the matter. Potential penalties of the findings of this investigation may include the following:

  • No contact directives being imposed
  • Probationary period imposed by the school
  • Mandatory completion of sexual education courses
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Withholding of diploma and/or transcripts

If you’re facing allegations under Title IX, our Minneapolis defense attorneys at Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. are here to help. We’re well-versed in this area of law and we have successfully defended the rights of those who have been unjustly accused of misconduct.

Contact us today at (612) 444-5020 to speak with our team.


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