A Title IX finding can greatly impact an accused student's academic and professional goals, and colleges and universities are by no means infallible when addressing campus sexual misconduct cases. An accused student can, unfortunately, be found responsible for sexual misconduct when such an allegation can be anything but the truth. It may be of some consolation that a student found “responsible” for a Title IX violation has the option of appealing this decision.
Your Right to Appeal
Every student respondent should take advantage of their entitled right to appeal. An appeal allows for students to challenge the decisions made by a school. The appellate process in schools vaguely resembles the process in the criminal justice system, but their intentions are identical. This process is designed to keep authorities accountable for their decisions. A responsible Title IX finding carries repercussions that have the ability to significantly impair a student's academic and professional career. Students are oftentimes subjected to semester and year-long suspensions, program withdrawals, and expulsion. Students facing severe consequences due to an alleged Title IX violation should want to make sure that the decision made in their case was fair and founded. The most effective way of doing so is by submitting an appeal.
Inquiries about your school's specific appellate process and your next steps in your unique case should be discussed with a student defense attorney. Legal professional Joseph D. Lento can help you develop a compelling and effective appeal.
Grounds for an Appeal
In order to get an unfavorable Title IX case outcome overturned, a student must submit an appeal that is based on specific grounds. Schools require that these grounds are related to procedural mishaps or inconsistencies made in the disciplinary process. An appeal is not the time for you to further assert your claims of innocence. Ultimately, the decision to appeal a determination and/or sanction hinges on how well you and your advisor can establish at least one of four grounds:
- Procedural error: a vital mistake was made at some point in the Title IX resolution process, and it influenced the outcome of a determination and/or sanction.
- Disproportionate sanction: the sanction(s) imposed are unduly disproportionate to the alleged violation.
- New evidence available: evidence that supports the case of a respondent, and would have had a substantial impact on a case outcome became available after a hearing.
- A violation of due process rights: an institution stripped a student of their entitled rights under Title IX and school policy.
Each school has its own unique appeal content and submission guidelines. Student respondents should identify deadlines, dates, and other important information in their student handbook or code of conduct. If an appeal is not submitted in a timely manner or is not substantively eligible, the original determination and sanction.
Kansas Title IX Appeal Advisor
If you're attending a Kansas college or university, and are planning to appeal a case outcome, you need the help of a skilled student defense attorney. Attorney Joseph D. Lento has helped countless students in your situation overcome their allegations by submitting a compelling and effective appeal. He has the skill, expertise, and experience to do the same for you. Contact him online or give him a call at 888-535-3686 for further assistance.
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A Title IX finding of responsibility can change an accused student's life if not properly addressed and appealed, and Joseph D. Lento has a decade of experience passionately fighting for the futures of his clients at universities and colleges throughout the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph Lento is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is admitted as an attorney pro hac vice in state and federal court if needed when representing clients nationwide, and serves as a Title IX advisor and educational consultant to students facing disciplinary cases in Kansas and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento today.