California Title IX Lawyers For Students Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

California Title IX Lawyers For Students Accused Of Sexual Misconduct 2017-11-30T18:13:41+00:00

Have you been accused of sexual harassment, assault, or rape as a college student? Are you facing disciplinary actions from your university or the criminal justice system? You may be struggling with several stressful questions:

  • What if I’m innocent?
  • Am I going to get expelled from school?
  • Could I face jail time?
  • What other penalties might there be?
  • Do I need a lawyer for my school hearing?

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Title IX is a controversial federal law which prohibits discrimination on college campuses on the basis of sex or gender. This law is also used in cases of sexual harassment and sexual assault involving college students. Advocates of this law claim it protects victims of sexual misconduct, but critics say that the accused in these cases are denied the same rights they’d receive in the criminal justice system.

When someone is accused of a crime in the United States, they’re supposedly innocent until proven guilty. But when a college student is accused of sexual misconduct, he or she may face penalties even if guilt is not proven beyond a reasonable doubt. If you’ve recently been accused of sexual misconduct in California and are facing disciplinary actions from your university, we advise speaking with an experienced California Title IX defense lawyer about your legal rights.

Title IX Guidelines For Sexual Misconduct Cases

Title IX outlines several requirements for federally funded schools when one student accuses another of sexual misconduct:

  • A designated Title IX coordinator must be appointed and publicly identified
  • Publish a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sex or gender
  • Institute grievance procedures
  • Investigate all complaints
  • Provide victims with support systems (such as counseling)

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What Does The Dear Colleague Letter Mean For Campus Sexual Assault Cases?

In September 2017, the Department of Education (DOE) released a Dear Colleague Letter, which updated the guidelines for universities dealing with complaints of sexual harassment and assault. According to the DOE, changes were needed because the previous system encouraged universities to resolve complaints quickly without offering the accused the due process they’d receive if charged with a criminal offense.

Universities often felt pressured to take disciplinary action prematurely, because they could lose federal funding for failing to appropriately handle cases of sexual assault. Schools were pressured to resolve cases within 60 days of the complaint. This meant that accused students were often denied the premise of being “innocent until proven guilty”, as the university might place their own financial interests over the facts.

This new letter waives that 60-day time limit, with no time limit currently set. The school also must provide the accused student with written notice of the investigation, including details about the alleged misconduct. These students also must be allowed sufficient time to gather evidence which could prove their innocence. In the past, accused students had no right to hear details of the claims against them.
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Penalties For Campus Sexual Misconduct In California

While Title IX is a federal law, the penalties for students found guilty of sexual misconduct vary between schools. An experienced lawyer who specializes in Title IX defense will be aware of how different universities in California handle these allegations, and how they punish the students they deem guilty of sexual offenses.

In December 2015 the Chancellor of the University of California – Santa Cruz (UCSC) penned a letter to the university, outlining changes in the disciplinary penalties for students found responsible for violating Title IX. There is a mandatory minimum two-year suspension for cases of sexual violence, and a one-year mandatory suspension for other forms of sexual misconduct. These changes applied to all University of California campuses.

Regardless of your university, the penalties for sexual misconduct are often severe. You may have difficulty finishing your classes and graduating, be ostracized by your peers, and struggle to find a career after school. These allegations must be taken seriously.

How Does The Disciplinary System Work?

Some students have the popular misconception that a hearing is a criminal trial. However, this is not the case. A disciplinary Title IX hearing is simply focused on the penalties the accused will face as a student of the university. In some cases, the accused party may face criminal charges and potential jail time in addition to the penalties levied by their university.

In a criminal trial, the defendant must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in order to be convicted. However, Title IX hearings set the burden of proof at a “preponderance of evidence” – which means the evidence suggests that it’s more than 50% likely that the accused is guilty. Because of the dire consequences if you are found guilty of the offense you’ve been accused of, it’s important to speak with an experienced California Title IX defense lawyer early in the process.

Our California Title IX defense lawyers can work to investigate the complaint against you, gather evidence, and argue on your behalf during the hearing. You are much more likely to receive a favorable outcome with legal representation – otherwise, it may be your word against the accuser’s. And without compelling evidence and the ability to present it effectively, the board is much more likely to take the accuser’s word.

Representing Students From Universities Throughout California:

Academy of Art University San Francisco, California
Allan Hancock College Santa Maria, California
American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles Los Angeles, California
American Conservatory Theater San Francisco, California
American Jewish University Los Angeles, California
American River College Sacramento, California
American University of Health Sciences Signal Hill, California
Antelope Valley College Lancaster, California
Argosy University Inland Empire Ontario, California
Argosy University Los Angeles Los Angeles, California
Argosy University Orange County Orange, California
Argosy University San Diego San Diego, California
Argosy University San Francisco Bay Area Alameda, California
Art Center College of Design Pasadena, California
Azusa Pacific Online University Glendora, California
Azusa Pacific University Azusa, California
Bakersfield College Bakersfield, California
Barstow Community College Barstow, California
Berkeley City College Berkeley, California
Bethesda University of California Anaheim, California
Biola University La Mirada, California
Brooks Institute Santa Barbara, California
Bryan University Los Angeles, California
Butte College Oroville, California
Cabrillo College Aptos, California
California Baptist University Riverside, California
California Christian College Fresno, California
California College of the Arts Oakland, California
California College San Diego San Diego, California
California Culinary Academy San Francisco, California
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California
California Institute of the Arts Valencia, California
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, California
California Maritime Academy Vallejo, California
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, California
California State Polytechnic University Pomona Pomona, California
California State University Bakersfield Bakersfield, California
California State University Channel Islands Camarillo, California
California State University Chico Chico, California
California State University Dominguez Hills Carson, California
California State University East Bay Hayward, California
California State University Fresno Fresno, California
California State University Fullerton Fullerton, California
California State University Long Beach Long Beach, California
California State University Los Angeles Los Angeles, California
California State University Monterey Bay Seaside, California
California State University Northridge Northridge, California
California State University Sacramento Sacramento, California
California State University San Bernardino San Bernardino, California
California State University San Marcos San Marcos, California
California State University Stanislaus Turlock, California
Canada College Redwood City, California
Cerritos College Norwalk, California
Cerro Coso Community College Ridgecrest, California
Chabot College Hayward, California
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga, California
Chapman University Orange, California
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science Los Angeles, California
Citrus College Glendora, California
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, California
Claremont McKenna College Claremont, California
Coastline Community College Fountain Valley, California
Cogswell College Sunnyvale, California
Coleman University San Diego, California
College of Alameda Alameda, California
College of Marin Kentfield, California
College of San Mateo San Mateo, California
College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, California
College of the Desert Palm Desert, California
College of the Redwoods Eureka, California
College of the Sequoias Visalia, California
College of the Siskiyous Weed, California
Columbia College Sonora, California
Columbia College Hollywood Tarzana, California
Community Christian College Redlands, California
Concordia University Irvine Irvine, California
Contra Costa College San Pablo, California
Copper Mountain Community College Joshua Tree, California
Cosumnes River College Sacramento, California
Crafton Hills College Yucaipa, California
Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, California
Cuyamaca College El Cajon, California
Cypress College Cypress, California
De Anza College Cupertino, California
Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre Blue Lake, California
Design Institute of San Diego San Diego, California
DeVry University California Pomona, California
Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill, California
Dominican University of California San Rafael, California
East Los Angeles College Monterey Park, California
East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program West Covina, California
El Camino College Compton Center Compton, California
El Camino Community College District Torrance, California
Epic Bible College Sacramento, California
Everest College Anaheim Anaheim, California
Everest College City of Industry City of Industry, California
Everest College Ontario Metro Ontario, California
Everest College Reseda Reseda, California
Everest College West Los Angeles Los Angeles, California
Evergreen Valley College San Jose, California
Expression College for Digital Arts Emeryville, California
Fashion Careers College San Diego, California
Feather River Community College District Quincy, California
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles Los Angeles, California
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Orange County Irvine, California
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Diego San Diego, California
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Francisco San Francisco, California
Folsom Lake College Folsom, California
Foothill College Los Altos Hills, California
Fresno City College Fresno, California
Fresno Pacific University Fresno, California
Fullerton College Fullerton, California
Gavilan College Gilroy, California
Glendale Community College Glendale, California
Golden West College Huntington Beach, California
Golf Academy of America Carlsbad Carlsbad, California
Grossmont College El Cajon, California
Hands on Medical Massage School Redlands, California
Hartnell College Salinas, California
Harvey Mudd College Claremont, California
Heald College Concord Concord, California
Heald College Fresno Fresno, California
Heald College Hayward Hayward, California
Heald College Modesto Salida, California
Heald College Roseville Roseville, California
Heald College San Francisco San Francisco, California
Heald College San Jose Milpitas, California
Heald College Stockton Stockton, California
Holy Names University Oakland, California
Hope International University Fullerton, California
Horizon College San Diego San Diego, California
Humboldt State University Arcata, California
Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses Stockton, California
Imperial Valley College Imperial, California
International Academy of Design and Technology Sacramento Sacramento, California
International Professional School of Bodywork San Diego, California
Irvine Valley College Irvine, California
ITT Technical Institute Clovis Clovis, California
ITT Technical Institute Concord Concord, California
ITT Technical Institute Corona Corona, California
ITT Technical Institute Culver City Culver City, California
ITT Technical Institute Lathrop Lathrop, California
ITT Technical Institute Oakland Oakland, California
ITT Technical Institute Orange Orange, California
ITT Technical Institute Oxnard Oxnard, California
ITT Technical Institute Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova, California
ITT Technical Institute San Bernardino San Bernardino, California
ITT Technical Institute San Diego San Diego, California
ITT Technical Institute San Dimas San Dimas, California
ITT Technical Institute Sylmar Sylmar, California
ITT Technical Institute Torrance Torrance, California
ITT Technical Institute West Covina West Covina, California
John Paul the Great Catholic University San Diego, California
King’s University Van Nuys, California
La Sierra University Riverside, California
Laguna College of Art and Design Laguna Beach, California
Lake Tahoe Community College South Lake Tahoe, California
Laney College Oakland, California
Las Positas College Livermore, California
Lassen Community College Susanville, California
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Pasadena Pasadena, California
Life Pacific College San Dimas, California
Lincoln University Oakland, California
Long Beach City College Long Beach, California
Los Angeles City College Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles College of Music Pasadena, California
Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington, California
Los Angeles Mission College Sylmar, California
Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills, California
Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen, California
Los Medanos College Pittsburg, California
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, California
Marymount College Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Mendocino College Ukiah, California
Menlo College Atherton, California
Merced College Merced, California
Merritt College Oakland, California
Mills College Oakland, California
MiraCosta College Oceanside, California
Mission College Santa Clara, California
Modesto Junior College Modesto, California
Monterey Peninsula College Monterey, California
Moorpark College Moorpark, California
Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley, California
Mount St. Mary’s College Los Angeles, California
Mt Sierra College Monrovia, California
Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, California
Mt. San Jacinto Community College District San Jacinto, California
Musicians Institute Hollywood, California
Napa Valley College Napa, California
National University La Jolla, California
Newschool of Architecture and Design San Diego, California
Norco College Norco, California
Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont, California
Occidental College Los Angeles, California
Ohlone Community College Fremont, California
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, California
Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles, California
Oxnard College Oxnard, California
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego San Diego, California
Pacific States University Los Angeles, California
Pacific Union College Angwin, California
Palo Verde College Blythe, California
Palomar College San Marcos, California
Pasadena City College Pasadena, California
Patten University Oakland, California
Pepperdine University Malibu, California
Pitzer College Claremont, California
Platt College Los Angeles Alhambra, California
Platt College Ontario Ontario, California
Platt College San Diego San Diego, California
Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, California
Pomona College Claremont, California
Porterville College Porterville, California
Professional Golfers Career College Temecula, California
Providence Christian College Pasadena, California
Reedley College Reedley, California
Rio Hondo College Whittier, California
Riverside City College Riverside, California
Sacramento City College Sacramento, California
Saddleback College Mission Viejo, California
Sage College Moreno Valley, California
Saint Marys College of California Moraga, California
San Diego Christian College El Cajon, California
San Diego City College San Diego, California
San Diego Mesa College San Diego, California
San Diego Miramar College San Diego, California
San Diego State University San Diego, California
San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus Calexico, California
San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco, California
San Francisco Conservatory of Music San Francisco, California
San Francisco State University San Francisco, California
San Joaquin Delta College Stockton, California
San Joaquin Valley College Bakersfield Bakersfield, California
San Joaquin Valley College Fresno Fresno, California
San Joaquin Valley College Fresno Aviation Fresno, California
San Joaquin Valley College Hesperia Hesperia, California
San Joaquin Valley College Modesto Salida, California
San Joaquin Valley College Online Visalia, California
San Joaquin Valley College Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova, California
San Joaquin Valley College Rancho Cucamonga Rancho Cucamonga, California
San Joaquin Valley College Temecula Temecula, California
San Joaquin Valley College Visalia Visalia, California
San Jose City College San Jose, California
San Jose State University San Jose, California
Santa Ana College Santa Ana, California
Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield Bakersfield, California
Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria Santa Maria, California
Santa Barbara Business College Ventura Ventura, California
Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara, California
Santa Clara University Santa Clara, California
Santa Monica College Santa Monica, California
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, California
Santiago Canyon College Orange, California
Scripps College Claremont, California
Shasta Bible College and Graduate School Redding, California
Shasta College Redding, California
Sierra College Rocklin, California
Simpson University Redding, California
Skyline College San Bruno, California
Soka University of America Aliso Viejo, California
Solano Community College Fairfield, California
Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, California
Southern California Institute of Architecture Los Angeles, California
Southern California Institute of Technology Anaheim, California
Southern California Seminary El Cajon, California
Southwestern College Chula Vista, California
Stanford University Stanford, California
SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary Oakland, California
Taft College Taft, California
Taft University System Santa Ana, California
The Art Institute of California Hollywood North Hollywood, California
The Art Institute of California Inland Empire San Bernardino, California
The Art Institute of California Los Angeles Santa Monica, California
The Art Institute of California Orange County Santa Ana, California
The Art Institute of California Sacramento Sacramento, California
The Art Institute of California San Diego San Diego, California
The Art Institute of California San Francisco San Francisco, California
The Art Institute of California Sunnyvale Sunnyvale, California
The Master’s College and Seminary Santa Clarita, California
The National Hispanic University San Jose, California
Thomas Aquinas College Santa Paula, California
Touro College Los Angeles Los Angeles, California
Trident University International Cypress, California
Unitek College Fremont, California
University of California Berkeley Berkeley, California
University of California Davis Davis, California
University of California Irvine Irvine, California
University of California Los Angeles Los Angeles, California
University of California Merced Merced, California
University of California Riverside Riverside, California
University of California San Diego La Jolla, California
University of California Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, California
University of California Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, California
University of La Verne La Verne, California
University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus San Jose, California
University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus Fresno, California
University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus Sacramento, California
University of Phoenix San Diego Campus San Diego, California
University of Phoenix Southern California Campus Costa Mesa, California
University of Redlands Redlands, California
University of San Diego San Diego, California
University of San Francisco San Francisco, California
University of Southern California Los Angeles, California
University of the Pacific Stockton, California
University of the West Rosemead, California
Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa, California
Ventura College Ventura, California
Victor Valley College Victorville, California
West Coast Ultrasound Institute Beverly Hills, California
West Coast University Los Angeles North Hollywood, California
West Coast University Ontario Ontario, California
West Coast University Orange County Anaheim, California
West Hills College Coalinga Coalinga, California
West Hills College Lemoore Lemoore, California
West Los Angeles College Culver City, California
West Valley College Saratoga, California
Westmont College Santa Barbara, California
Westwood College Anaheim Anaheim, California
Westwood College Inland Empire Upland, California
Westwood College Los Angeles Los Angeles, California
Westwood College South Bay Torrance, California
Whittier College Whittier, California
William Jessup University Rocklin, California
Woodbury University Burbank, California
Woodland Community College Woodland, California
World Mission University Los Angeles, California
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary Los Angeles, California
Yuba College Marysville, California

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