Are you a student, or parent of a student who’s facing allegations of college campus sexual misconduct? You may be wondering what rights you have throughout the disciplinary process. Are you troubled with questions like:
- How can I prove that I’m innocent?
- What rights do I have as an accused student?
- What punishments could I face if found responsible?
- Could I face criminal charges?
- Do I need a lawyer for my disciplinary hearing?
Our Florida campus sexual assault defense lawyers can help answer your concerns in a free consultation.
Our experienced campus sexual assault defense lawyers can help you build a defense against accusations of sexual misconduct.
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Students who have been accused of college campus sexual misconduct should be aware of the serious penalties they may face. If you’re found responsible in a disciplinary hearing, you could face several consequences which could affect your future, such as:
- A mark for sexual misconduct on your college transcript
- Difficulty finding employment
- Possible criminal charges
While you have the right to hire a defense lawyer to represent you through the disciplinary process, your rights are different than if you were facing criminal charges. This is why it’s important to speak with a lawyer who specializes in Florida Title IX defense.
The Value Of A Title IX Sexual Misconduct Defense Lawyer
A lawyer who specializes in these cases can analyze the details of the allegations made against you, gather evidence which proves your innocence, and speak on your behalf in all hearings and disciplinary proceedings. With such severe consequences and implications for your future, we highly advise seeking legal guidance to give yourself the best chance of exoneration.
At Mudrick & Zucker, we specialize in Title IX defense. If you’re a student or the parent of a student who’s been accused of sexual misconduct, we can help you plan for your defense today in a free consultation.
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Are Title IX Hearings Biased Towards Accusers?
A Title IX disciplinary hearing differs from a criminal sexual assault trial in a few fundamental ways. All schools that receive federal funding are legally obligated to meet the requirements set forth in Title IX, and can be stripped of their federal funding if they fail. This means that in some cases, universities are biased towards the accuser, for fear of repercussions if they fail to hold the other student responsible for the alleged sexual misconduct. Sometimes, this can result in innocent students being found responsible.
The Dear Colleague Letter
In September 2017, the Department of Education made some changes to the rules governing cases of alleged sexual assault on college campuses. Previously, schools were pressured to arrive at decisions within 60 days of an accusation. This meant that accused students were often denied their due process, as they didn’t have enough time to gather evidence or seek legal guidance. In the Dear Colleague Letter, the DOE lifted this time limit, allowing schools more time to uncover the truth in a sexual misconduct investigation.
Under the new guidelines, schools are also required to provide accused students with written notice of the investigation, including details of the alleged incident of sexual misconduct. This was not a requirement under the previous rules.
While this may do more to help protect students who have been falsely accused, you should be aware that at some universities, the system is still tipped against you. But with guidance from a lawyer who specializes in Title IX defense, you can greatly increase your chances of being found innocent in a disciplinary hearing.
Title IX Defense Lawyers For All Florida Colleges And Universities
Our Florida Title IX defense lawyers are prepared to help accused students at schools throughout the Sunshine State, including:
- Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Tallahassee)
- Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton)
- Florida Gulf Coast University (Ft. Myers)
- Florida International University (Miami)
- Florida Polytechnic University (Lakeland)
- Florida State University (Tallahassee)
- New College of Florida (Sarasota)
- University of Central Florida (Orlando)
- University of Florida (Gainesville)
- University of North Florida (Jacksonville)
- University of South Florida (Tampa)
- University of West Florida (Pensacola)
- Broward College (Davie)
- Chipola College (Marianna)
- College of Central Florida (Ocala)
- Daytona State College (Daytona Beach)
- Eastern Florida State College (Cocoa)
- Florida Gateway College (Lake City)
- Florida Keys Community College (Key West)
- Florida SouthWestern State College (Fort Myers)
- Florida State College at Jacksonville (Jacksonville)
- Gulf Coast State College (Panama City)
- Hillsborough Community College (Tampa)
- Indian River State College (Ft. Pierce)
- Lake–Sumter State College (Leesburg)
- Miami Dade College (Miami)
- North Florida Community College (Madison)
- Northwest Florida State College (Niceville)
- Palm Beach State College (Lake Worth)
- Pasco–Hernando State College (New Port Richey)
- Pensacola State College (Pensacola)
- Polk State College (Winter Haven)
- Santa Fe College (Gainesville)
- Seminole State College of Florida (Sanford)
- South Florida State College (Avon Park)
- St. Johns River State College (Palatka)
- St. Petersburg College (St. Petersburg)
- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (Bradenton)
- Tallahassee Community College (Tallahassee)
- Valencia College (Orlando)
We’re already well-versed on the unique sexual assault penalties of different universities throughout the state. We can help you understand what to expect from your school’s disciplinary process, and give you the legal defense you need to avoid penalties for sexual misconduct.