Title IX interim measures are designed to be temporary measures for responding to sexual violence complainants’ immediate needs, including safety. These measures include no-contact orders, housing accommodations, course schedule adjustments, academic support services, changes in on-campus employment opportunities, and work assignments, among lot others.
You can consult a Title IX attorney to get a better clarification about Title IX interim measures. An attorney will help you understand your University’s Title IX policies and protocols to determine if these measures are reasonable and necessary. These attorneys also provide information about what to do if you have been accused of Title IX violation.
Here are some common types of Title IX interim measures.
No-contact orders issued by college or university
A no-contact order means that the University prohibits two or more parties from contacting each other. No-contact orders are usually issued when the Title IX investigator does not have enough evidence to find the accused in violation of Title IX but still believes that there is a danger of further sexual violence or retaliation.
Restrictions to visiting cafeterias, gyms, libraries, or other common areas
Restrictions to visiting common areas are usually imposed when the Title IX investigator is concerned that the complainant and the accused are likely to run into each other on campus. For instance, the case manager might ask for the accused to be prohibited from using gyms, study areas, libraries, or dining halls until an investigation has been completed for fear of retaliation.
Changes to course, work, or activity schedules
A respondent might request that a complainant’s class schedule be changed or that the accused not attend certain classes or work assignments until an investigation has been completed for fear of retaliation. This is common when the complainant does not want to be in the same room as the accused.
Academic accommodations like extensions or class adjustments
If a person has been accused of sexual violence, he or she might request that his or her academic workload be shifted from one class to another. A respondent might also request that a complainant be allowed to take an extra take-home exam or to have additional time to complete an assignment.
A respondent might get guardianship of, or otherwise control access to, housing accommodations for the complainant so that the complainant is not near the accused during the investigation process.