Frequently, college students are informed that they have been accused of a Title IX violation and they have no idea what this means. A Title IX infraction is typically sexual harassment, assault, dating violence or stalking. Often the school administration makes the notification by email or by letter, but the accused is given little information about what exactly it is they have been accused of doing. The typical college student is also reluctant to tell their parents; and once the student is over 18, parents are not notified.
If you (or your child) is accused of a Title IX violation, it is critical to get advice immediately. Reach out to your parents, seek legal advice and get as much information as possible from the college about the exact nature of the complaint against you. You also need to learn what your rights are.
The Title IX process varies from school to school, based on that school’s written policies and procedures but you can read an overview of the general process here. It is key to have an experienced defense attorney working with you as an advisor to help you navigate this complex process. If the college finds you guilty of a Title IX violation, the consequences can follow you for the rest of your life, affecting your opportunities to finish college, prevent you from going to graduate school and it can even affect your job opportunities in the future.
If you are accused of a Title IX violation, don’t try to defend yourself alone. In order to help ensure that your life is not changed forever, you need to secure a proven criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. If you have been accused of a Title IX violation or need legal help of any kind, call or text us. Contant Law 617-227-8383.