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 CollegeAdrian, Michigan
Albion CollegeAlbion, Michigan
Alma CollegeAlma, Michigan
Alpena Community CollegeAlpena, Michigan
Andrews UniversityBerrien Springs, Michigan
Aquinas CollegeGrand Rapids, Michigan
Baker College Center for Graduate StudiesFlint, Michigan
Baker College of Allen ParkAllen Park, Michigan
Baker College of Auburn HillsAuburn Hills, Michigan
Baker College of CadillacCadillac, Michigan
Baker College of Clinton TownshipClinton Township, Michigan
Baker College of FlintFlint, Michigan
Baker College of JacksonJackson, Michigan
Baker College of MuskegonMuskegon, Michigan
Baker College of OwossoOwosso, Michigan
Baker College of Port HuronPort Huron, Michigan
Bay de Noc Community CollegeEscanaba, Michigan
Bay Mills Community CollegeBrimley, Michigan
Calvin CollegeGrand Rapids, Michigan
Central Michigan UniversityMount Pleasant, Michigan
Cleary UniversityAnn Arbor, Michigan
College for Creative StudiesDetroit, Michigan
Compass College of Cinematic ArtsGrand Rapids, Michigan
Concordia University Ann ArborAnn Arbor, Michigan
Cornerstone UniversityGrand Rapids, Michigan
Davenport UniversityGrand Rapids, Michigan
Delta CollegeUniversity Center, Michigan
DeVry University MichiganSouthfield, Michigan
Eastern Michigan UniversityYpsilanti, Michigan
Ferris State UniversityBig Rapids, Michigan
Finlandia UniversityHancock, Michigan
Glen Oaks Community CollegeCentreville, Michigan
Gogebic Community CollegeIronwood, Michigan
Grace Bible CollegeWyoming, Michigan
Grand Rapids Community CollegeGrand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Valley State UniversityAllendale, Michigan
Great Lakes Christian CollegeLansing, Michigan
Henry Ford Community CollegeDearborn, Michigan
Hope CollegeHolland, Michigan
International Academy of Design and Technology TroyTroy, Michigan
ITT Technical Institute CantonCanton, Michigan
ITT Technical Institute DearbornDearborn, Michigan
ITT Technical Institute Swartz CreekSwartz Creek, Michigan
ITT Technical Institute TroyTroy, Michigan
ITT Technical Institute WyomingWyoming, Michigan
Jackson Community CollegeJackson, Michigan
Kalamazoo CollegeKalamazoo, Michigan
Kalamazoo Valley Community CollegeKalamazoo, Michigan
Kellogg Community CollegeBattle Creek, Michigan
Kettering UniversityFlint, Michigan
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community CollegeBaraga, Michigan
Kirtland Community CollegeRoscommon, Michigan
Kuyper CollegeGrand Rapids, Michigan
Lake Michigan CollegeBenton Harbor, Michigan
Lake Superior State UniversitySault Ste Marie, Michigan
Lansing Community CollegeLansing, Michigan
Lawrence Technological UniversitySouthfield, Michigan
Macomb Community CollegeWarren, Michigan
Madonna UniversityLivonia, Michigan
Marygrove CollegeDetroit, Michigan
Michigan Jewish InstituteW Bloomfield, Michigan
Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing, Michigan
Michigan Technological UniversityHoughton, Michigan
Mid Michigan Community CollegeHarrison, Michigan
Monroe County Community CollegeMonroe, Michigan
Montcalm Community CollegeSidney, Michigan
Mott Community CollegeFlint, Michigan
Muskegon Community CollegeMuskegon, Michigan
North Central Michigan CollegePetoskey, Michigan
Northern Michigan UniversityMarquette, Michigan
Northwestern Michigan CollegeTraverse City, Michigan
Northwood University MichiganMidland, Michigan
Oakland Community CollegeBloomfield Hills, Michigan
Oakland UniversityRochester Hills, Michigan
Olivet CollegeOlivet, Michigan
Rochester CollegeRochester Hills, Michigan
Sacred Heart Major SeminaryDetroit, Michigan
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal CollegeMount Pleasant, Michigan
Saginaw Valley State UniversityUniversity Center, Michigan
Sanford Brown College DearbornDearborn, Michigan
Sanford Brown College Grand RapidsGrand Rapids, Michigan
Schoolcraft CollegeLivonia, Michigan
Siena Heights UniversityAdrian, Michigan
South University NoviNovi, Michigan
Southwestern Michigan CollegeDowagiac, Michigan
Spring Arbor UniversitySpring Arbor, Michigan
St Clair County Community CollegePort Huron, Michigan
The Art Institute of MichiganNovi, Michigan
University of Detroit MercyDetroit, Michigan
University of Michigan Ann ArborAnn Arbor, Michigan
University of Michigan DearbornDearborn, Michigan
University of Michigan FlintFlint, Michigan
University of Phoenix Metro Detroit CampusTroy, Michigan
University of Phoenix West Michigan CampusWalker, Michigan
Washtenaw Community CollegeAnn Arbor, Michigan
Wayne County Community College DistrictDetroit, Michigan
Wayne State UniversityDetroit, Michigan
West Shore Community CollegeScottville, Michigan
Western Michigan UniversityKalamazoo, Michigan
Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater DetroitOak Park, Michigan

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