Pennsylvania Title IX College Sexual Misconduct Defense Lawyers

Pennsylvania Title IX College Sexual Misconduct Defense Lawyers 2018-09-21T16:36:19+00:00

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 College Reading
Allegheny College Meadville
Alvernia University Reading
Arcadia University Glenside
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg
Bryn Athyn College Bryn Athyn
Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr
Bucknell University Lewisburg
Cabrini University Radnor
Cairn University Langhorne …
California University of Pennsylvania California
Carlow University Pittsburgh
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh …
Cedar Crest College Allentown
Central Penn College Summerdale
Chatham University Pittsburgh
Chestnut Hill College Philadelphia
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Cheyney
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion
Clarks Summit University Clarks Summit
Curtis Institute of Music Philadelphia
Delaware Valley University Doylestown
DeSales University Center Valley
Dickinson College Carlisle
Drexel University Philadelphia
Duquesne University Pittsburgh
East Stroudsburg University East Stroudsburg
Eastern University St. Davids
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Edinboro
Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown
Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster
Gannon University Erie
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Scranton
Geneva College Beaver Falls
Gettysburg College Gettysburg
Gratz College Melrose Park
Grove City College Grove City
Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Harrisburg
Haverford College Haverford
Holy Family University Philadelphia
Immaculata University Immaculata …
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana
Juniata College Huntingdon
Keystone College La Plume
King’s College Wilkes-Barre
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown
La Roche College Pittsburgh
La Salle University Philadelphia
Lafayette College Easton
Lancaster Bible College Lancaster
Lebanon Valley College Annville
Lehigh University Bethlehem
Lincoln University Lincoln University
Lock Haven University Lock Haven …
Lycoming College Williamsport
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield
Marywood University Scranton
Mercyhurst University Erie
Messiah College Mechanicsburg …
Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville
Misericordia University Dallas
Moore College of Art and Design Philadelphia
Moravian College Bethlehem
Mount Aloysius College Cresson
Muhlenberg College Allentown
Neumann University Aston
Peirce College Philadelphia
Penn State College of Medicine Hershey
Penn State University University Park …
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Lancaster
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Lancaster
Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport
Philadelphia University, Pennsylvania Philadelphia
Point Park University Pittsburgh
Robert Morris University Moon Township …
Rosemont College Rosemont
Saint Francis University Loretto
Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia
Saint Vincent College Latrobe
Salus University Elkins Park …
Seton Hill University Greensburg
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock
Susquehanna University Selinsgrove
Swarthmore College Swarthmore
Temple University Philadelphia …
The American College of Financial Services Bryn Mawr
The University of the Arts Philadelphia
Thiel College Greenville
Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh …
University of Scranton Scranton
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Philadelphia
University of Valley Forge Phoenixville
Ursinus College Collegeville
Villanova University Villanova
Washington & Jefferson College Washington
Waynesburg University Waynesburg
West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester
Westminster College, Pennsylvania New Wilmington
Widener University Chester …
Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre
Wilson College Chambersburg
WON Institute of Graduate Studies Glenside
York College of Pennsylvania York

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