Title IX is a federal civil rights law that has been implemented and enforced in the majority of Louisiana schools, including the state's colleges and universities. It bans any form of gender-based discrimination on campuses, especially prohibiting sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other discriminatory acts.
Title IX also requires the school to take immediate action upon notification of complaints involving sexual misconduct. If a student is found “responsible” for a violation after the resolution process has run its course, he or she has the right to challenge this decision by means of an appeal.
Your Right to Appeal
The right to appeal should be taken advantage of by student respondents, especially those found responsible for Title IX violations. Title IX sanctions are notoriously harsh. Students have been subjected to semester and year-long suspensions, program withdrawals, and expulsions. With such serious ramifications, it's important that every student in these situations ensures that the school's decision in their case is fair and founded. The only way a student respondent can effectively do so is by way of a written appeal.
Inquiries about the appellate process and your next steps when approaching an unfavorable Title IX case outcome should be discussed with a student defense attorney. Legal professional Joseph D. Lento can help you draft a compelling and effective appeal.
Grounds for an Appeal
An appeal is a request for a school to reconsider its decision. In order to overturn an unfavorable decision in your situation, this appeal must be based on specific grounds. Grounds accepted by a school are strictly related to issues, discrepancies, and inconsistencies in the Title IX resolution process. An appeal is not an opportunity to further assert your claims of innocence. The decision to overturn a determination and/or sanction hinges on how well you and your advisor can establish at least one of the following four grounds:
- Disproportionate sanction: the sanction(s) imposed is unduly disproportionate to the alleged violation.
- Procedural error: a serious mistake was made at some point in the Title IX resolution process, and it influenced the outcome of a determination and/or sanction.
- 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 robbed a student of their entitled rights under Title IX and school policy.
Every school has its own unique appellate process detailing specific submission and content appeal guidelines. To identify deadlines, dates, and more important information check your school's student handbook or code of conduct. If your appeal is not submitted in a timely manner or is not considered substantively eligible, the initial sanction will stand.
Louisiana Title IX Appeal Advisor
If you are a student attending a Louisiana college or university with intentions of appealing a Title IX case outcome, you need the help of a skilled student defense attorney. Legal professional Joseph D. Lento has helped students in this situation clear their name, and overturn their finding by helping them submit a compelling appeal. He has the expertise, skill, and experience to help you do the same. Contact him online or give him a call at 888-535-3686 for 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 Louisiana and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento today.