Title IX Defense Lawyer Near You
Title IX Defense
In the past few years, I have represented an increasing number of college and university students that
have been accused of violating the Title IX federal civil rights law.
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex against any person in education programs and activities receiving federal funding.
It states that students have the right to pursue an education, including athletic programs, scholarships and other activities, free from sex discrimination, including sexual violence and harassment.
It also requires schools that receive federal financial assistance to take necessary steps to prevent sexual assault on their campuses and to respond promptly and effectively when an assault is reported.
Most universities have entire offices dedicated to Title IX complaints, and the proceedings can result in disciplinary action as well as criminal charges. There is a tremendous amount of pressure for colleges and universities to quickly and aggressively handle Title IX complaints because federal funding is at stake.
At the university level, common Title IX offenses include:
- Sexual abuse or assault, batter, or coercion
- Unwanted sexual contact that stops short of rape or completed rape
- Use of force or manipulation
- unwanted sexual behavior or advances
- unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical sexual conduct
Gender-based discrimination or bullying
It is important to understand that if you are accused of violating Title IX, you need representation.
Title IX proceedings on school campuses differ from criminal cases handled in court and are designed to protect the complainant. Respondents have limited rights, and could result in formal criminal charges being filed. Anything you say in a Title IX proceeding or hearing could be turned over to the district attorney to be used against you.
Is a Title IX disciplinary hearing the same as a trial?
It can certainly feel that way. However, since Title IX hearings are considered administrative and not held in court, you are not afforded the same rights as you would in a court of law.
There is no presumption of innocence, limited due process, and the university may take disciplinary action immediately – prior to any investigation or hearing.
Are criminal defense attorneys allowed?
Thankfully, yes. According to the Campus SaVE Act (Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act) both parties are allowed to have others present during a hearing or other meeting, including an advisor of their choice. This “advisor” can (and should) be a knowledgeable Title IX criminal defense attorney.
If you have been accused of committing a Title IX offense, regardless of the college or university, you need to seek legal counsel immediately.
I have represented clients at multiple universities, and each office handles them differently. Having a knowledgeable criminal attorney is critically important to protecting your future. I represent clients at any Texas college or university, including, but not limited to
- Texas Christian University
- University of Texas at Arlington
- University of North Texas
- Baylor University
- Texas Wesleyan University
- Southern Methodist University
- University of Texas at Dallas
- Dallas College
- Tarrant County College
Please contact me at 817-307-0679 as soon as possible to discuss the proper way to proceed with your case and protect your future.