Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. Get the facts on the potential consequences for a Title IX violation and how you can defend your rights.
Title IX requires educational institutions to investigate and address sexual harassment and sexual assault cases involving their students independently of any simultaneous criminal charge or investigation. Specifically, the law compels colleges and universities to set up their own system of investigating reports of alleged violence, including interviewing the complaining party, accused party, and supposed witnesses, collecting purported evidence, and commencing a disciplinary hearing.
It’s important to keep in mind that while Title IX disciplinary hearings are not criminal proceedings, a criminal charge may be involved if the complaining party decides to make a report with local law enforcement. Either way, it is in the accused party’s best interest to contact an experienced defense attorney who is familiar with Title IX and the unique processes related to this federal statute.
Those facing allegations under Title IX should understand that these are serious charges that carry potentially life-altering consequences. Title IX proceedings are not limited to students but can involve professors, faculty, and those who are simply on campus. Those found guilty of Title IX violation charges face possible expulsion from school, criminal charges, and prison time.
Often, many accused do not understand how to exercise their rights during these proceedings and unjustly end up with permanent scars on their record; scars that could have been avoided had they hired a strong attorney to defend them. If you or someone you love has been accused of sexual harassment or sexual assault as a student, contact Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. to protect your rights.
Contact us today at (612) 444-5020 to learn how we can help you.