Title IX And Sexual Assault On Campus
Sexual assault remains a serious issue at California’s colleges and universities. The Los Angeles law firm of Reisner & King LLP helps victims of campus sexual assault file suit against the institutions that failed to create a safe learning environment and allowed their assault to happen. We are aggressive litigators who will do everything possible to resolve your case to your satisfaction.
Campus Sexual Assault And The Law
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits any university or college that receives federal funding from discrimination on the bases of sex. Among other things, this means that your school can be legally liable for the assault you experienced. For this to happen, the following must be true:
- The university or college has authority over the person who committed the assault (e.g., the person is a student or employee of the university) and the environment in which the assault took place.
- School administration knows the assault took place but took no action to punish the offender.
A school held liable for sexual assault under Title IX can pay substantial compensation to the victim. Besides compensating the victim personally, Title IX litigation often forces school administrators to take the problem of campus sexual assault more seriously, creating a safer environment for students to live in and pursue their education.