Towson University Title IX Violations

If you have been accused of sexual misconduct on your campus, it is important you understand what you're up against. Here is a brief overview of Townson University's Title IX Policy.

Title IX Process

Filing a complaint

Towson University strongly encourages each and every member of its campus community to report any actions that may constitute as sexual misconduct. This includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, dating violence and other predatory behaviors that are considered a violation of the school's policy. Also, much like other higher education institutions, the school has implemented mandatory reporting regulations. These guidelines obligate certain employees of the university, know as “responsible employees,” to report alleged instances of misconduct in all circumstances.

Throughout the duration of Title IX processes, there are several terms that will be used to characterize all of the parties involved in a complaint. An individual who identifies as as a victim/survivor in these cases will be known as a “complainant,” while an alleged offender will be referred to as a “respondent.” Once a school receives word of a complaint, the Title IX process will begin.

Interim measures

When a school becomes aware of sexual misconduct allegations, its main concern is protecting a complainant from being retaliated against. In order to prevent this from happening, the following measures may be imposed:

  • Changes in class schedules
  • A no contact order barring any communication between opposing parties
  • Restrictions placed onto certain areas of campus or buildings
  • A mandatory leave of absence
  • Housing reassignment accommodations etc.

Initial Meeting

During an initial meeting, a staff member will meet up with a complainant in a timely fashion to discuss the alleged misconduct. During this meeting, staff will look for certain factors that will indicate whether further action is warranted, or if the process should cease at this point. He or she will use information about the complainants age, the existence of violence or a weapon, a respondent's past disciplinary record and other factors to determine if an in-depth investigation should be conducted.

The Hnvestigation

The investigation is crucial to resolving a sexual misconduct complaint. At this phase of the process, a complainant, respondent, and witnesses who known any relevant information will be interviewed for investigators to gather more information about the alleged misconduct. Once all the appropriate evidence is garnered, investigators will come up with an investigative finding to dictate whether or not school policy was likely violated. If so, a hearing will be scheduled.

The Hearing

At a hearing, all parties involved are given one last chance to present their side of the story, and the evidence to support their perspective, in front of a panel. This panel will be in charge of hearing each side and coming up with a determination of responsibility and recommended sanctions (if appropriate) for a respondent.

Appeal

If a respondent is dissatisfied with a determination and/or sanction concluded by a school, he or she has the opportunity to request an appeal. However, in order for this appeal to be granted, it must be based on reasonable grounds. The sole grounds for an appeal include:

  • The college deviated from its stated procedures in such a way that affected the fairness of a hearing
  • The sanction(s) imposed is substantially disproportionate to the severity of a violation
  • New information that was not available at the time of an investigation is now available, and could considerably affect a determination and/or sanction

A respondent has between 5-7 business days from the day of a determination to submit an appeal.

Title IX Advisor

Selecting an attorney to occupy the role of an advisor outweighs the benefits of choosing anyone else to fulfill this role. Skilled attorney Joseph D. Lento has helped guide students in your predicament through these processes, and he can do the same for you. Contact him today for assistance.

Title IX violations and Title IX charges can change an accused student's life if not defended against properly and as early as possible during the disciplinary process, and Joseph D. Lento has nearly a decade of experience passionately fighting for the future 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 to students facing disciplinary cases in Maryland and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Joseph D. Lento can help.

Contact Us Today!

Footer 2

If you, or your student, are facing any kind of disciplinary action, or other negative academic sanction, and are having feelings of uncertainty and anxiety for what the future may hold, contact our offices today, and let us help secure your academic career.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations – the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Berks, Lancaster, Lehigh, and Northampton County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, In New York, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New York's 62 counties. Outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance may not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, New York, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.

Menu