When to Call a Title IX Attorney
If you are a student at any sort of school, you’re probably aware of the federal mandates that govern how schools must handle sex crimes. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits gender discrimination in education programs and activities that receive federal funding. This includes colleges and universities as well as elementary schools and secondary schools. If a school fails to take sexual assault or other forms of gender-based violence seriously enough, they can be found in violation of the law and face consequences such as losing federal funding or being referred to law enforcement for further investigation. What this means for students who may find themselves accused of committing a sexual assault is that they need to remain vigilant at all times. While there’s no way to guarantee that your school won’t retaliate against you if you report your assault, it is still something you should keep in mind. If you suspect that your school isn’t taking your case seriously enough, there’s probably a good reason for it. You should also call a lawyer if you’re concerned about what the repercussions might be after you report an assault. Here are some things people usually don’t consider when it comes to reporting sexual assaults and what you should do instead.
Title IX Accusation
If you find yourself the victim of sexual assault, you should make the decision to report it to the school's Title IX coordinator, even if you believe that your assailant will be able to graduate. This is important because many schools require students accused of sexual assault to "go through the process" of reporting an assault before they are allowed to be in school. If a school asks for more information in order for them to file a formal rape allegation, it may be best for you not to answer those questions and instead have a lawyer who specializes in Title IX cases contact them on your behalf. A good attorney can negotiate with the school, help draft responses for your case, and stand up for your rights.
Title IX Charge Response
If you’ve been accused of a Title IX violation, you should immediately consult with a lawyer. The legal process can be complicated, and the consequences for violating Title IX can be severe. You should also speak to your school’s Title IX coordinator to discuss your options. You can ask them about any accommodations that may have been made for you and your case, but they are not required to provide this information to you. If your case has gone through the college disciplinary process and you don't think it's going well, it's important that you contact an attorney before anything else happens. This is because after the sexual assault accusation is made public (which is often done by your school), there are certain things that happen automatically in order to protect the victim's reputation or privacy.
Title IX Hearing
There are a few things to keep in mind if you're concerned about your school's investigation into your sexual assault. The first thing is that schools must abide by the law and do everything possible to ensure confidentiality for all parties involved. They cannot share any information about your case with anyone unless you give them permission to do so. You also have the option of requesting a Title IX hearing, which will be held at your school or another location. At this hearing, an impartial party will hear you and determine whether there was enough evidence to prove that a sexual assault occurred and determine sanctions accordingly.