Students accused of sexual misconduct could face penalties which seriously limit their educational and career opportunities. If you’ve recently received notice of allegations against you, you may be worrying about concerns like:
- What if I’m innocent?
- What penalties might I face?
- Could the police get involved?
- Can a lawyer help me during the disciplinary process?
Our experienced Michigan Title IX sexual misconduct defense lawyers can help protect your rights throughout the investigation.
Our Michigan Title IX defense lawyers specialize in exonerating college students who have been accused of sexual misconduct.
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When you’re facing allegations of college campus sexual misconduct, your education, reputation, and future career prospects are at risk. Additionally, you could face criminal penalties if the police get involved. Students who find themselves in this situation should be aware that the Title IX university disciplinary process differs from the criminal justice system in significant ways. Namely, students accused of sexual misconduct are often denied the due process they’d be entitled to during a criminal investigation.
Like a criminal investigation, you have the option to seek legal guidance from a Michigan Title IX defense lawyer. However, your lawyer may not have the right to speak on your behalf the same way he or she would in criminal court. But a lawyer can assist you with all other matters related to the allegations against you, such as:
- Gathering evidence for your defense
- Interviewing witnesses
- Helping you prepare for interviews and disciplinary proceedings
- Attending disciplinary proceedings and taking notes
- Holding the school liable if they violate your rights
With your future on the line, it’s crucial to take these allegations seriously. Many universities rush to find accused students responsible in order to protect their federal funding. This is why it’s important to have legal representation who can help you protect your rights and your future.
You can learn more about what to expect from your school’s disciplinary process by speaking with one of our Michigan Title IX defense lawyers in a free consultation.
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What Are The Penalties For Being Found Responsible?
Penalties may vary depending on your particular university’s policy. But generally, students found responsible for college campus sexual misconduct may face:
- Suspension or expulsion
- A mark on your transcript for a sexual misconduct violation
- Difficulty applying to other schools if expelled
- Possible criminal prosecution
- Difficulty finding work after graduation
Students found responsible for these offenses may never recover from the repercussions. While it’s important to punish the students who have committed sexual assault and other offenses, we also must protect the rights of the wrongfully accused. When a school is found responsible for mishandling sexual assault allegations, the accused student could have additional recourse in a civil suit against the university.
What Happens During The Disciplinary Process?
Generally speaking, a typical Title IX sexual misconduct investigation is divided into the following five phases:
Colleges and universities are required to investigate all claims of alleged sexual misconduct. During the investigation, university officials will interview witnesses, gather evidence, and notify both students of the investigation. During this investigation, your defense lawyer may also follow these steps in order to build a case for proving your innocence.
If the university finds reasonable suspicion that the allegations are true, you’ll be formally charged with a violation of the student conduct code and receive written notice with details of the allegations made against you. Additionally, your university will set a date for a hearing.
During your disciplinary hearing, you’ll have the option to either admit or deny the allegations against you, or to remain silent regarding them. Next, both sides will plead their case, including the presentation of evidence, witness statements, and opening and closing arguments.
Your university has the option to follow either a “preponderance of evidence” standard or “clear and convincing evidence” standard as the burden of proof. This often falls far short of the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard used in criminal trials. Following the hearing, the panel will arrive at a decision about whether you’re responsible for the alleged misconduct.
If you’re found responsible, your university will decide on and enforce penalties against you.
Your school may offer you the option to file an appeal of the results. This would require you to plead your case again in front of another hearing panel.
Legal Guidance For Students From All Michigan Universities:
|Adrian College||Adrian, Michigan|
|Albion College||Albion, Michigan|
|Alma College||Alma, Michigan|
|Alpena Community College||Alpena, Michigan|
|Andrews University||Berrien Springs, Michigan|
|Aquinas College||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Baker College Center for Graduate Studies||Flint, Michigan|
|Baker College of Allen Park||Allen Park, Michigan|
|Baker College of Auburn Hills||Auburn Hills, Michigan|
|Baker College of Cadillac||Cadillac, Michigan|
|Baker College of Clinton Township||Clinton Township, Michigan|
|Baker College of Flint||Flint, Michigan|
|Baker College of Jackson||Jackson, Michigan|
|Baker College of Muskegon||Muskegon, Michigan|
|Baker College of Owosso||Owosso, Michigan|
|Baker College of Port Huron||Port Huron, Michigan|
|Bay de Noc Community College||Escanaba, Michigan|
|Bay Mills Community College||Brimley, Michigan|
|Calvin College||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Central Michigan University||Mount Pleasant, Michigan|
|Cleary University||Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|College for Creative Studies||Detroit, Michigan|
|Compass College of Cinematic Arts||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Concordia University Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|Cornerstone University||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Davenport University||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Delta College||University Center, Michigan|
|DeVry University Michigan||Southfield, Michigan|
|Eastern Michigan University||Ypsilanti, Michigan|
|Ferris State University||Big Rapids, Michigan|
|Finlandia University||Hancock, Michigan|
|Glen Oaks Community College||Centreville, Michigan|
|Gogebic Community College||Ironwood, Michigan|
|Grace Bible College||Wyoming, Michigan|
|Grand Rapids Community College||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Grand Valley State University||Allendale, Michigan|
|Great Lakes Christian College||Lansing, Michigan|
|Henry Ford Community College||Dearborn, Michigan|
|Hope College||Holland, Michigan|
|International Academy of Design and Technology Troy||Troy, Michigan|
|ITT Technical Institute Canton||Canton, Michigan|
|ITT Technical Institute Dearborn||Dearborn, Michigan|
|ITT Technical Institute Swartz Creek||Swartz Creek, Michigan|
|ITT Technical Institute Troy||Troy, Michigan|
|ITT Technical Institute Wyoming||Wyoming, Michigan|
|Jackson Community College||Jackson, Michigan|
|Kalamazoo College||Kalamazoo, Michigan|
|Kalamazoo Valley Community College||Kalamazoo, Michigan|
|Kellogg Community College||Battle Creek, Michigan|
|Kettering University||Flint, Michigan|
|Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College||Baraga, Michigan|
|Kirtland Community College||Roscommon, Michigan|
|Kuyper College||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Lake Michigan College||Benton Harbor, Michigan|
|Lake Superior State University||Sault Ste Marie, Michigan|
|Lansing Community College||Lansing, Michigan|
|Lawrence Technological University||Southfield, Michigan|
|Macomb Community College||Warren, Michigan|
|Madonna University||Livonia, Michigan|
|Marygrove College||Detroit, Michigan|
|Michigan Jewish Institute||W Bloomfield, Michigan|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, Michigan|
|Michigan Technological University||Houghton, Michigan|
|Mid Michigan Community College||Harrison, Michigan|
|Monroe County Community College||Monroe, Michigan|
|Montcalm Community College||Sidney, Michigan|
|Mott Community College||Flint, Michigan|
|Muskegon Community College||Muskegon, Michigan|
|North Central Michigan College||Petoskey, Michigan|
|Northern Michigan University||Marquette, Michigan|
|Northwestern Michigan College||Traverse City, Michigan|
|Northwood University Michigan||Midland, Michigan|
|Oakland Community College||Bloomfield Hills, Michigan|
|Oakland University||Rochester Hills, Michigan|
|Olivet College||Olivet, Michigan|
|Rochester College||Rochester Hills, Michigan|
|Sacred Heart Major Seminary||Detroit, Michigan|
|Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College||Mount Pleasant, Michigan|
|Saginaw Valley State University||University Center, Michigan|
|Sanford Brown College Dearborn||Dearborn, Michigan|
|Sanford Brown College Grand Rapids||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Schoolcraft College||Livonia, Michigan|
|Siena Heights University||Adrian, Michigan|
|South University Novi||Novi, Michigan|
|Southwestern Michigan College||Dowagiac, Michigan|
|Spring Arbor University||Spring Arbor, Michigan|
|St Clair County Community College||Port Huron, Michigan|
|The Art Institute of Michigan||Novi, Michigan|
|University of Detroit Mercy||Detroit, Michigan|
|University of Michigan Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|University of Michigan Dearborn||Dearborn, Michigan|
|University of Michigan Flint||Flint, Michigan|
|University of Phoenix Metro Detroit Campus||Troy, Michigan|
|University of Phoenix West Michigan Campus||Walker, Michigan|
|Washtenaw Community College||Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|Wayne County Community College District||Detroit, Michigan|
|Wayne State University||Detroit, Michigan|
|West Shore Community College||Scottville, Michigan|
|Western Michigan University||Kalamazoo, Michigan|
|Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit||Oak Park, Michigan|