High School Holds Discussions with Students about Title IX Sexual Misconduct
“Sexual misconduct is a leading cause for legal action and expulsion of students on college campus,” said Professor Renalia Dubose, WMU-Cooley BLSA faculty adviser. “As high school students begin planning their next steps in education, members of WMU-Cooley’s Black Law Student Association want to create awareness and help prevent situations that have potential to place students in the criminal justice system.”
Panelists will define Title IX sexual misconduct, provide information on how to avoid sexual misconduct, discuss the role of law enforcement during a sexual misconduct investigation, and outline the legal process after charges are filed. Students will also have the opportunity to write-in anonymous questions for the panelists to answer.
Community leaders that will present include Elina Bivins, Hillsborough Community College equity manager and Title IX coordinator; Ruth Cate, Tampa Police Department; Theda James, senior legal counsel of the Office of Public Defender 13th Judicial Court; and Catisha Smith, division chief, division chief of the Office of the Public Defender.
“I am proud that our students have put together this program and have brought together members of community to help educate high school seniors about this timely and important topic,” said DuBose.
Jefferson High School and Criminal Justice Academy is the law magnet for Hillsborough County Schools.
About Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School: Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School affiliated in 2014, combining the status of a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and the law school continue to operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.