Being accused of a Title IX offense is stressful, embarrassing, and potentially life-changing. It is imperative that if you or your child is in this situation, you hire someone who is experienced and knowledgeable in Title IX and who knows how to help and protect your interests and your future. With today's polarized political environment and with how fast information, and misinformation, can spread, schools are likely to respond quickly (and not always fairly) in order to avoid public scrutiny. If you or someone you love has been accused of a Title IX offense, you need to take the charges seriously, and you need to hire a lawyer.
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal law that was passed in 1972 as a way to eliminate sexual discrimination in the U.S. educational system, and it prohibits a wide range of conduct on federally funded institutions. Title IX reads: “…no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” The law has been responsible for a number of very positive changes in the educational system, including mandating equal funding for male and female athletic programs, a change that has led to an explosion of girls' sports programs and many more athletic college scholarships for women.
But it's a law that is subject to frequent changes, and that makes it especially tricky for people who don't deal with it regularly to understand. Even lawyers who have not handled Title IX cases before have a hard time knowing how to defend a client who is accused of a Title IX violation.
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