Columbia Title IX Lawyer

At Columbia University, Title IX policies and procedures are in place to protect students and employees from gender-based discrimination, misconduct, and harassment.

Title IX laws can be complex, especially since each university has different policies and procedures in place to comply with the law. If you need help with a Title IX-related matter at Columbia University, contact a trusted and knowledgeable lawyer to find out how to protect your rights and get the justice you deserve.

Prohibited Conduct at Columbia University

At Columbia University, gender-based misconduct and discrimination include a broad range of behaviors, including:

  • Dating violence
  • Stalking
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Gender-based harassment
  • Retaliation

These behaviors do not necessarily have to be sexual in nature and any of this misconduct can potentially happen between strangers, friends, and those who are in a relationship. Misconduct can be committed between people of the same sex or gender, and by anyone, regardless of gender identity.

Reporting Gender-based Misconduct at Columbia

According to Columbia’s Title IX policies and procedures, there is no time limit for reporting an incident of gender-based misconduct. However, students are encouraged to make a report as soon as possible after the incident to give the university a better opportunity to investigate and take prompt and effective action to remedy the situation.

It is important to note that students making a Title IX report can request confidentiality, but it may prevent the university from completing a full and comprehensive investigation. In some cases, it may not be possible to honor a complainant’s request for confidentiality, especially when the safety of the overall campus is in danger. However, the Title IX Coordinator will make every effort to uphold the complainant’s request when possible.

Columbia University’s Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator’s responsibilities include overseeing prompt and unbiased investigations and resolutions to Title IX reports, ensuring that the university is in compliance with school policies and Title IX laws, conducting campus climate surveys, and taking steps to improve the safety of the campus in regards to gender-based misconduct.

The Title IX Coordinator may also participate in the investigation, provide guidance to investigators, and offer Title IX training to university staff. At Columbia University, the Title IX Coordinator is currently Associate Vice President Marjory Fisher (as of October 2017).

Accommodations and Interim Measures

While the university conducts a thorough and impartial Title IX investigation, it may be necessary to offer both the complainant and respondent interim protections until the Title IX case is resolved. These accommodations and interim measures may include:

  • Changing a student’s academic or work schedule
  • Relocating a student’s residence
  • Providing access to tutoring and other academic resources
  • Giving a student the opportunity to withdraw from a class without academic or financial penalty
  • Issuing a no-contact order
  • Restricting the respondent’s access to residence buildings, or even the campus as a whole
Contact a Columbia Title IX Lawyer

Title IX can be a complex area of law that many attorneys are unfamiliar with. That is why you should get in touch with a lawyer who has experience representing those involved in the Title IX process.

Your college years should be an educational experience free from gender discrimination or sexual violence. Contact a Columbia Title IX lawyer today to find out how we can protect your rights.

Call our New York Title IX attorneys at (212) 312-7129 or contact us online today.

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