Since public colleges and universities receive federal funding, there are federal regulations regarding fair and equitable treatment that can affect students and faculty at higher learning institutions throughout Georgia.
In 1972, education amendments including “Title IX” were passed that helped reduced the incidence of gender discrimination on campuses. For instance, Title IX was widely applied to protect pregnant students and faculty from unfair treatment.
While Title IX, for the most part, has protected discriminated persons, there is one aspect of Title IX that could affect a person’s future: allegations of sexual misconduct.
In instances of sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual harassment, Title IX affords colleges and universities the right to investigate these allegations and reprimand the accused.
When a student, faculty member, or administrative employee is accused of sexual misconduct, he or she can have an advisor represent them throughout Title IX processes. Those facing serious allegations may even hire a criminal defense attorney to serve as their advisor.
Choosing an experienced defense attorney can help fight unsubstantiated and untrue allegations that may affect one’s career, educational opportunities, job prospects, and freedom.
A Title IX conviction could have serious effects on your life and your future. Convictions could result in expulsions, academic probation, removal from sports teams and other extracurricular organizations, and termination from campus-based employment.
In some cases, damages may be awarded to victims that you are responsible for.
If you are contacted by the school (usually in your .edu email) or by an investigator, you will be required to respond quickly.
Get a lawyer to help you respond asap. Do not ignore the notice, hide or try to go it alone.
Why Choose an Attorney to Help You Fight Title IX-Related Allegations
Hiring an attorney is helpful with Title IX proceedings for a number of reasons. First, it’s important to understand that Title IX proceedings are different from a court of law.
Universities and colleges develop their own rules and procedures, some of which may put you at a disadvantage. Your institution’s procedures will be detailed in your school’s official code of conduct.
An attorney can help ensure that your rights aren’t violated while also reminding your university or college that unfair treatment or infringements on your rights could lead to civil action in the future.
Another way that an attorney can help you protect your rights and your interests is by helping you prepare for a Title IX investigation. Their advice on how you should conduct yourself throughout the process could be invaluable in clearing your name.
An attorney will also assist in preparing you for the hearing by helping you maintain consistency in your statements and avoiding self-incrimination. A Title IX hearing could gravely affect the course of your life. It is important to take these matters seriously and make informed decisions throughout the process.
If you are facing Title IX sexual misconduct allegations, we invite you to call the Frye Law Group. Our practice specializes in criminal defense and our experienced attorneys have assisted with Title IX proceedings in and around Marietta, Georgia.
We provide compassionate and aggressive representation for our clients facing Title IX allegations as well those charged with DUIs, drug possession, and assault. Call our practice at (770) 919-9525 to schedule a consultation.