It is essential as the accused, to know and understand your rights and responsibilities.
If you have been accused of a Title IX violation such as sexual assault, harassment, domestic or dating violence or bullying, you have rights. As criminal defense attorneys who specialize as advisors in the Title IX violation process in Massachusetts, we defend students and others accused of Title IX violations.
Your Rights as the Accused
- The right to retain an attorney of your choosing. You have the right to have that attorney by your side during the process including preparation, all meetings with investigators and hearings.
- The right to be notified promptly of any accusations of a Title IX violation.
- The right to a prompt, equitable and impartial investigation.
- The right to be treated with respect and dignity at all times during the process.
- The right to privacy and confidentiality as allowed by law. Including any advance notice of the release of information to the public.
- The right to present witnesses and evidence in your defense. Evidence can include photos, text messages, social media posts and other electronic evidence.
- You (and your attorney) have the right to review the investigator’s report prior to it being finalized. You may request that changes be made to the investigator’s report if you or your advisor find inaccuracies and errors.
- The right to appeal any findings or sanctions issued against you.
While you have all of these rights under Title IX, the practical application will vary from school to school, based on that school’s written policies and procedures. It is vital to have an experienced defense attorney at each step of the process to help you navigate through all of your rights.
We’re here to answer your questions and help you throughout the process
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