Pennsylvania Title IX College Sexual Misconduct Defense Lawyers

Pennsylvania Title IX College Sexual Misconduct Defense Lawyers2018-09-21T16:36:19-04:00

College students found responsible for sexual misconduct can face penalties that follow them for the rest of their lives. If you’ve recently been accused of sexual harassment or sexual assault on a college campus, it’s normal to have several concerns:

  • I’m innocent. How can I prove it?
  • What types of penalties could I face?
  • Could the police get involved?
  • Should I hire a lawyer to represent me?
  • What are my rights as an accused student?

Our Pennsylvania Title IX defense lawyers are prepared to help you protect your rights.

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Receiving notice that you’ve been accused of college campus sexual misconduct is an extremely stressful experience. While sexual assault is a serious issue on college campuses nationwide, sometimes the students accused of these offenses are treated unfairly. In some cases, students who were innocent of any wrongdoing are found responsible for misconduct and face severe penalties which have negative consequences for their futures after school, such as:

  • Suspension and expulsion
  • A permanent mark for sexual misconduct on your transcript
  • Possible arrest and criminal charges
  • Difficulty graduating
  • Difficulty finding work after graduation

You may have faith that the truth will come out during the disciplinary process, but unfortunately, some schools side with accusers without giving the accused student the opportunity to prove their innocence. This is because a federal law called Title IX allows federal funding to be stripped from schools who fail to appropriately handle cases of sexual misconduct.

Sometimes, colleges and universities push for disciplinary action in all sexual misconduct complaints, in order to avoid the risk of facing penalties. When this happens, innocent students can suffer penalties that may limit their future.

If you’re a college student or the parent of a student who’s been accused of sexual misconduct, it’s important to do everything you can to protect your rights. Our Pennsylvania Title IX defense lawyers can represent you through each aspect of the disciplinary process and are prepared to prove your innocence and protect your future.

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The Title IX Disciplinary Process For Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Policies for handling allegations of sexual misconduct vary between universities. However, there are some common Title IX requirements, which all federally funded universities must follow. These include:

  • A Title IX coordinator must be appointed and identified, and the school must explain their roles and responsibilities.
  • Identify who will be conducting the investigation and what that investigation might entail.
  • Specify a reasonably prompt time for conducting the investigation and resolving the complaint.
  • Explain how evidence will be preserved.
  • Provide all parties with equal rights during the investigation.
  • Specify what may or may not be shared with law enforcement.
  • Outline steps for how the school can protect the student filing the complaint.
  • Explain how an alleged victim’s request for confidentiality could influence the investigation.

While the grievance and adjudication process may vary depending on the school, there are a couple requirements that all universities must meet during this process:

  • Explain the grievance and adjudication process
  • Outline the roles of both parties, including notice of hearing for both parties, an opportunity for both to present witnesses and evidence, an explanation of possible penalties,  and an outline for how both parties will be informed of the results of adjudication and the appellate process

It should be noted that campus disciplinary processes differ from the criminal justice system in significant ways. Rather than operating under the premise of “innocent until proven guilty”, many schools instead opt for a standard of proof known as “the preponderance of evidence”. This standard only requires that it’s more than 50% likely that the accused student is guilty of the conduct of which he’s accused.

2017 Changes To Title IX Policy

In September 2017, the Department of Education made some changes to Title IX campus sexual assault protocol:

  • Schools have the choice to use the preponderance of evidence standard or the convincing evidence standard
  • The option to allow appeals from one or both students
  • The option to allow informal resolution methods, such as mediation – but only if both parties agree
  • Students accused of sexual misconduct must be provided with written notice, including details of the allegations
  • Accused students must be provided with adequate time to prepare a response before an initial interview
  • A recommendation to provide concurrent and written notification of the outcome of the process to both parties

While these changes could help some students who have been wrongfully accused, the universities still have a large amount of control over how they handle cases of alleged sexual misconduct.

Should You Hire A Lawyer As Your Title IX Adviser?

During the Title IX disciplinary process, all parties are entitled to have a Title IX adviser. This person provides support throughout the process. Your school may allow faculty members, coaches, and other staff to act as your adviser – but we recommend going another route. Remember that schools are motivated to protect their federal funding, which too often means taking these allegations at face value.

Instead, we advise hiring a campus sexual misconduct defense lawyer as your Title IX adviser. Your lawyer can help develop a strategy for proving your innocent, help you prepare for interviews and other proceedings, gather evidence, and hold your university accountable if they fail to meet the requirements of a Title IX investigation.

If you’re looking for answers about how you can protect your future in the wake of a sexual misconduct allegation, get in touch with us and learn more today in a free consultation.

Representing Pennsylvania Students From All Universities & Colleges

Our Pennsylvania Title IX lawyers are prepared to represent students from universities throughout the state, including:

Albright CollegeReading
Allegheny CollegeMeadville
Alvernia UniversityReading
Arcadia UniversityGlenside
Bloomsburg University of PennsylvaniaBloomsburg
Bryn Athyn CollegeBryn Athyn
Bryn Mawr CollegeBryn Mawr
Bucknell UniversityLewisburg
Cabrini UniversityRadnor
Cairn UniversityLanghorne …
California University of PennsylvaniaCalifornia
Carlow UniversityPittsburgh
Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh …
Cedar Crest CollegeAllentown
Central Penn CollegeSummerdale
Chatham UniversityPittsburgh
Chestnut Hill CollegePhiladelphia
Cheyney University of PennsylvaniaCheyney
Clarion University of PennsylvaniaClarion
Clarks Summit UniversityClarks Summit
Curtis Institute of MusicPhiladelphia
Delaware Valley UniversityDoylestown
DeSales UniversityCenter Valley
Dickinson CollegeCarlisle
Drexel UniversityPhiladelphia
Duquesne UniversityPittsburgh
East Stroudsburg UniversityEast Stroudsburg
Eastern UniversitySt. Davids
Edinboro University of PennsylvaniaEdinboro
Elizabethtown CollegeElizabethtown
Franklin and Marshall CollegeLancaster
Gannon UniversityErie
Geisinger Commonwealth School of MedicineScranton
Geneva CollegeBeaver Falls
Gettysburg CollegeGettysburg
Gratz CollegeMelrose Park
Grove City CollegeGrove City
Gwynedd Mercy UniversityGwynedd Valley
Harrisburg University of Science and TechnologyHarrisburg
Haverford CollegeHaverford
Holy Family UniversityPhiladelphia
Immaculata UniversityImmaculata …
Indiana University of PennsylvaniaIndiana
Juniata CollegeHuntingdon
Keystone CollegeLa Plume
King’s CollegeWilkes-Barre
Kutztown University of PennsylvaniaKutztown
La Roche CollegePittsburgh
La Salle UniversityPhiladelphia
Lafayette CollegeEaston
Lancaster Bible CollegeLancaster
Lebanon Valley CollegeAnnville
Lehigh UniversityBethlehem
Lincoln UniversityLincoln University
Lock Haven UniversityLock Haven …
Lycoming CollegeWilliamsport
Mansfield University of PennsylvaniaMansfield
Marywood UniversityScranton
Mercyhurst UniversityErie
Messiah CollegeMechanicsburg …
Millersville University of PennsylvaniaMillersville
Misericordia UniversityDallas
Moore College of Art and DesignPhiladelphia
Moravian CollegeBethlehem
Mount Aloysius CollegeCresson
Muhlenberg CollegeAllentown
Neumann UniversityAston
Peirce CollegePhiladelphia
Penn State College of MedicineHershey
Penn State UniversityUniversity Park …
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine ArtsPhiladelphia
Pennsylvania College of Art and DesignLancaster
Pennsylvania College of Health SciencesLancaster
Pennsylvania College of TechnologyWilliamsport
Philadelphia University, PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia
Point Park UniversityPittsburgh
Robert Morris UniversityMoon Township …
Rosemont CollegeRosemont
Saint Francis UniversityLoretto
Saint Joseph’s UniversityPhiladelphia
Saint Vincent CollegeLatrobe
Salus UniversityElkins Park …
Seton Hill UniversityGreensburg
Shippensburg University of PennsylvaniaShippensburg
Slippery Rock University of PennsylvaniaSlippery Rock
Susquehanna UniversitySelinsgrove
Swarthmore CollegeSwarthmore
Temple UniversityPhiladelphia …
The American College of Financial ServicesBryn Mawr
The University of the ArtsPhiladelphia
Thiel CollegeGreenville
Thomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphia
University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia
University of PittsburghPittsburgh …
University of ScrantonScranton
University of the Sciences in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia
University of Valley ForgePhoenixville
Ursinus CollegeCollegeville
Villanova UniversityVillanova
Washington & Jefferson CollegeWashington
Waynesburg UniversityWaynesburg
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaWest Chester
Westminster College, PennsylvaniaNew Wilmington
Widener UniversityChester …
Wilkes UniversityWilkes-Barre
Wilson CollegeChambersburg
WON Institute of Graduate StudiesGlenside
York College of PennsylvaniaYork

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