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.

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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:

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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.

Pre-hearing Process

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.

Disciplinary 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.

Issuing Penalties

If you’re found responsible, your university will decide on and enforce penalties against you.

Appeals Process

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:

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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
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