How a Title IX Lawyer Can Help Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Title IX is federal law that prohibits discrimination in federally funded educational programs and activities based on gender or race, sexual orientation or disability. We at the Law Office of Tamara Holder help our clients determine if their situation is covered by this broad prohibition. If so, we explain what can be done. We also represent students who have been accused of misconduct or bias by their colleges, universities, and schools. We guide them through the school’s disciplinary investigation and hearing procedures.
When a student learns that their school is conducting a Title IX Investigation into sexual misconduct accusations, it is critical to act fast. Depending upon the severity of the accusations, students may face a suspension or expulsion. During this initial phase, it is crucial to gather as many evidences as possible that will support your innocence. Included in this are any texts, emails or voice messages with the accuser. Also, include photographs, video recordings, witness statements and any other supporting evidence. You can hire an attorney-advisor to assist you in collecting this evidence.
Once a school has received a complaint it must conduct a fair investigation and provide both the complainant, and the respondent, with the same legal rights. This includes the right of appeal in cases where decisions are made. A Title IX advisor can help this process along by ensuring the investigation is conducted in a fair manner and that any conflicts are properly disclosed to both parties.
The school should also offer an informal resolution of the investigation. This usually involves mediation. Your lawyer-advisor may be able help you negotiate for a more informal resolution to your case in lieu of harsher sanctions. In addition, you have a very short window of time in which to file an appeal once your school makes a decision in a Title IX proceeding. A lawyer-advisor will help you decide if an appeal is right for you.
The law requires a respondent to be provided with a Title IX lawyer Urbana Champaign assist them in the Title IX process. This is an essential right, but schools are often biased to favor the complainant’s view of a matter and put the accused at a significant disadvantage in the process. A Title IX advisor-lawyer can help you develop a strong argument and increase your chances for success. We have successfully obtained a number of positive outcomes for our clients, including reversal of course final grades, significant tuition refunds and monetary awards, and the reinstatement of students accused of sexual assault or discrimination by their institutions. We have represented K-12 students, college students, and university students in investigations, hearings, and other proceedings at schools and colleges across the country. Contact us today to discuss your case. We look foreward to speaking with.