Federal law Title IX requires schools to take immediate action for resolution when they are notified of alleged sexual misconduct. A “responsible” or “not responsible” is determined by the evidence collected in an investigation and hearing. To help you gain a better understanding of what will ensue in a hearing, I've put together several key points:
The penalties are severe. Sexual misconduct allegations involve the most serious violations within school policy. So it's no surprise that guilty findings for said violations are met with severe penalties. Student respondents are exposed to damaging and life-altering repercussions. From disciplinary probation and degree program withdrawals to lengthy suspensions, or even expulsion from school, Title IX sanctions have the potential to greatly impair a student's academic and professional career. Not to mention the nasty stigma that is commonly associated with this misconduct, leading to condemnation from one's peers, family, friends, counterparts, and society.
You have the right to legal representation. Despite what most schools advocate, you have the right to representation in almost all instances, and you must exercise this right. Oftentimes processes are rushed by the school to get your case out of the way. Students are asked to speak candidly with school investigators, make statements, and attend a hearing almost immediately after receiving notification of their allegations or charges. This is not a good idea. It's far too easy to say certain things to administrators that can appear to incriminate you. You can say a statement that can be misinterpreted as an admission of guilt in your manner. If you believe you're innocent and wish to avoid the repercussions associated with Title IX violations, you need an experienced representative by your side. This advisor will ensure your rights are protected, and that you take the necessary steps to secure a favorable case outcome.
Title IX hearings are not criminal cases. Although they may vaguely resemble each other, Title IX hearings are not criminal cases. The main difference being that decisions are made by the administrative body of a college or university, rather than trained and experienced legal authorities. A committee, board, or provost are tasked with determining whether a violation has been committed by the evidence they collected in an investigation. It is rare that these matters will result in criminal charges, but if they do, they are almost always handled separately.
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With so much on the line, it is imperative you rely on an experienced defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of Title IX proceedings. The founding member of our firm, Joseph D. Lento, has helped clients prepare for proceedings and hearings at many schools and programs across the nation. He's helped them receive favorable outcomes in their cases and avoid the dire repercussions Title IX violations carry. For help or for more information about our representation, contact national Title IX attorney Joseph Lento online or give him a call at 888-535-3686 today.