If you are being accused of sexual misconduct as part of a Title IX investigation, contact K Altman Law at (888) 984-1341. We have years of experience representing clients accused of sexual misconduct under Title IX. Our team can help you with every aspect of a Title IX investigation.
The Steps to Take if You Are Accused of Sexual Misconduct Under Title IX
The experienced team of student defense lawyers, academics, and former administrators at K Altman Law have years of experience representing clients facing sexual misconduct allegations under Title IX. We have the skills, knowledge, and experience to take on Title IX cases involving students accused of sexual assault, rape, and other forms of sexual misconduct at universities and colleges throughout the United States. K Altman Law will be there for you through every stage of the Title IX process.
If you are accused of sexual misconduct under Title IX, contact K Altman Law today. The following general information is intended for those students facing sexual misconduct allegations under Title IX. None of the information here constitutes legal advice or the creation of an attorney-client relationship. Contact K Altman Law at (888) 984-1341 to speak with a student defense lawyer regarding the facts of your case.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct
Title IX defines sexual discrimination in a broad sense. Sexual harassment constitutes sexual discrimination under Title IX. Also, any type of violent sexual behavior, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion, constitutes sexual violence under Title IX.
Sexual misconduct is defined under Title IX as unwanted sexual advances, unwelcome sexual conduct, offensive remarks about a person’s sex, and any harassment of a sexual nature that interferes with a student’s right to an education.
If you or a loved one are facing charges of sexual misconduct under Title IX, it is important for you to understand that this is a serious matter. When a student faces sexual misconduct charges under Title IX, their academic career can be in jeopardy. Also, a student may find it more difficult to gain admission to graduate school or professional school if they have been accused of sexual misconduct under Title IX. Possible sanctions imposed by universities and colleges include suspension and expulsion. These sanctions will be a part of your permanent academic record, and your professional career can be harmed by charges of sexual misconduct on your academic record. Some students may face criminal charges filed by the state, and some individuals may have to register as sex offenders.
Students have a right to an advisor during a Title IX investigation. Respondents need to have a zealous advocate on their side during every phase of a Title IX investigation. Respondents should speak to an advisor or student defense lawyer as soon as possible after receiving notice of Title IX accusations.
Educational institutions investigating sexual misconduct allegations under Title IX must provide reasonable accommodations to individuals claiming to be victims of sexual assault, including, but not limited to, housing changes, class schedule changes, and counseling.
Universities and colleges must maintain a written policy that details the investigation process when claims of sexual violence or harassment are alleged by a complainant. Also, universities and college must maintain a written policy that details the investigation process when claims of sexual violence or harassment are made.
Sexual Violence and Title IX
Sexual violence covers a broad spectrum of activity. Unlawful sexual harassment may include voyeurism, exhibitionism, sexuality, and stalking. These acts typically occur when the victim cannot give consent due to an intellectual, mental, or physical disability. They may also happen when the victim cannot give consent due to use of alcohol or drugs. Also, these sexual acts may occur against the will of the victim. Sexual harassment generally refers to any form of verbal, physical or online activity which is unwelcome to the victim.
Respondents May Face Serious Consequences in Title IX Cases
Respondent’s may face sanctions that affect their academic goals and their professional opportunities. These sanctions can be difficult to reverse during an appeal or a review. The possible sanctions respondent may face in Title IX cases include the following:
A Title IX finding and sanctions included on the respondent’s academic record
A Title IX finding and sanctions included on the respondent’s disciplinary record
Retaining an experienced student defense lawyer is the best thing a respondent can do if they are facing sexual misconduct allegations under Title IX.
How Do Title IX Proceedings Begin?
A Title IX proceeding may begin when a university or college administrative officer responds to a complaint concerning discrimination based on sex. Title IX complaints may be made by one student against another student. Also, faculty members may make Title IX complaints against students. Title IX complaints often contain allegations of sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, or sexul assault which may result in criminal accusations.
Respondents may face sanctions from the university or college and possible criminal charges filed by the State against the Respondent. If a Title IX administrative commission or panel finds that the Respondent is guilty of sexual misconduct, the case may be forwarded to a police department or district attorney’s office for criminal investigation.
The due process guarantees that apply to Title IX hearings on a university or college campus are not as strong as those that apply in state or federal courts. Respondents do not have to face Title IX investigations alone, however. A skilled student defense lawyer can advise you through every phase of the Title IX investigation.
A knowledgeable student defense lawyer can represent a Respondent during a Title IX hearing and conduct informal negotiations with an educational institution. A student defense lawyer can also interview witnesses and investigate the allegations made by the Complainant.
Title IX allegations can involve a broad spectrum of activity, including sexual harassment, intimidation, stalking, and rape. The credibility of both the Complainant and the Respondent are scrutinized during Title IX investigations. A legal advocate can develop a defensive case strategy by presenting alternative theories of the case.
Contact K Altman Law Today If You Are Facing a Title IX Investigation
K Altman law is a full-service law firm providing exceptional legal representation to individuals to students facing sexual misconduct allegations under Title IX. Contact K Altman Law today at (888) 984-1341 to learn more about the legal services we offer. Our team of advisors, attorneys, and former educators can guide you through every phase of a Title IX investigation. We have years of experience representing students in Title IX cases.