Nebraska higher education institutions on all levels have a responsibility to protect every student's rights regardless of the circumstances. This duty, however, isn't always honored, as some students slip through the cracks and are denied due process. Thousands of cases are filed by students every year alleging unlawful discrimination and the deprivation of their rights within disciplinary procedures.
This phenomenon is unsurprisingly prevalent in cases involving sexual misconduct. Respondent students especially report being treated unfairly during Title IX processes. Fortunately, students in this predicament have options to rectify their school's wrongdoing. One of these options is to file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
What is an OCR Complaint?
Students who wish to hold their school accountable can contact the Office for Civil Rights and make a claim. The OCR is a government agency that investigates schools when students suspect that they've been denied equal access to education through the denial of their rights. If unlawful treatment is proven in a student's case, the OCR will enforce their rights and hold the institution accountable.
Why You Need an Attorney
To make sure you file successfully and you get results, it pays to have an experienced attorney to guide you through the process. Here are a few perks of getting legal help.
They can help you choose the right way to file. There are two ways students can file a complaint with the OCR. You can file by using a template or by writing your own letter. Your attorney can use their discretion based on the facts of your case to decide which alternative is best.
They will stay on top of deadlines. The OCR would prefer a complaint be filed within 180 days of the act of discrimination. But if you miss this deadline, there may be an opportunity to file with a waiver. An attorney can help you request what you need to get your claim submitted.
They can file for you. The ultimate advantage of hiring an attorney is that they can do all the legwork for you. Because they're an attorney, they can file on your behalf with no issues.
Contact the Lento Law Firm Today
If you've decided to file a complaint with the OCR, let an attorney help you through the process. Attorney Joseph D. Lento has the skills and expertise to help you preserve your rights under Title IX and your school's policy. Contact him online or give him a call at 888-535-3686.