If you or your child has been accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or other sexual misconduct on a college campus, you may be concerned about the future. The accused and their families often struggle with several questions:

  • How can I prove that I’m innocent?
  • What are the penalties if I’m found responsible?
  • Will I have trouble finding work?
  • Could I face criminal charges?
  • Do I need to have a lawyer for my hearing?

Our Texas Title IX defense lawyers can help build a defense for your disciplinary hearing.

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Sexual assault and sexual harassment is a nationwide epidemic. In response to this serious problem, schools have been using Title IX to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct. This federal law sets certain requirements for these investigations, which differ significantly from the way the criminal justice system handles cases of alleged sexual violence. Students who have been accused of sexual offenses are often denied the same rights they’d receive in a court of law.

If you’ve been accused of sexual misconduct on a college campus, it’s important to understand the serious nature of these allegations. If found responsible, you could be expelled from school and face significant limitations in employment opportunities, along with possible criminal charges.

Legal Counsel For Texas Title IX Hearings

While you may not have the same rights as someone who’s been charged with a criminal offense, you do still have the same right to legal representation. We highly advise speaking with a Texas Title IX defense lawyer as soon as possible, so that you can protect your rights and your future.

Our lawyers can investigate the details of the allegations against you, collect evidence, and argue on your behalf during your disciplinary hearing. Without legal aid, you’re much more likely to be found responsible and face stiff penalties. Universities have an incentive to side with accusers in these cases, but a knowledgeable lawyer can help prove your innocence, ensure you stay in school, and make sure you stay on the right track to a successful career after graduation.

To learn more about how our lawyers can help exonerate you after being accused of sexual misconduct, get in touch with us today for a free consultation.

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Texas State Laws On Campus Sexual Abuse

In May 2017, Texas legislators passed two bills which institute new requirements for how universities must handle campus sexual assault:

Senate Bill 968 allows students and university employees to electronically and anonymously report sexual assaults to their universities.

Senate Bill 969 grants amnesty to students who report sexual assault, even if they were committing other crimes, like underage drinking or drug use.

Legislators hope these laws will make it easier for students to report sexual assault without fear of repercussions.

University Of Texas Student Sues Over Sexual Assault Policy

A University of Texas student is suing UT President Greg Fenves over the school’s sexual assault policy – claiming that he was unfairly suspended for five semesters even though his accuser verbally agreed to have sex with him in April 2016.

The student claims his accuser decided days later that she was too drunk to consent to the sex and filed a report with the school’s Title IX office.

The male student was cleared of any wrongdoing in a university disciplinary hearing. But the woman appealed to the university’s president. His lawyer claims he did what he was taught to do – verbally ask for consent, and that the accuser said yes. The student wants to return to the university and have his name cleared of any wrongdoing.

Federal Title IX Guidelines For Universities

Title IX sets several mandatory guidelines that universities must follow when a student files a complaint about sexual misconduct:

  • Universities must have a designated Title IX coordinator, who is appointed and publicly identified
  • They must publish a policy which prohibits discrimination based on sex or gender
  • Institute grievance procedures
  • Investigate all complaints
  • Make sure victims have access to support systems (like counseling)

While all universities are required to meet these guidelines, some states and schools have also instituted their own laws regarding campus sexual assault. If you’ve recently been accused of sexual misconduct as a college student, we highly advise speaking with an experienced lawyer who specializes in Texas Title IX defense.

What Are The New Title IX Changes?

In September of 2017, the Department of Education released an update to Title IX requirements. This “Dear Colleague Letter” outlined changes which the department claims will provide the accused with more rights. Previously, critics argued that the disciplinary process was biased against accused students and denied them due process, as the universities were required to resolve complaints within 60 days. This meant that many accused students didn’t have enough time to build a successful defense to the accusations.

The Dear Colleague Letter lifted this time limit, and now schools have unlimited time to resolve complaints. This means that students now have more time to work with lawyers and gather evidence which could prove their innocence in a disciplinary hearing. Schools also must notify accused students with a written notice of the investigation at the beginning, including details of the allegations against them.

Penalties For Campus Sexual Assault In Texas

Each university has their own way of punishing students who are found responsible for sexual misconduct. Your Title IX defense lawyer can tell you more about what to expect from your school’s disciplinary process, but possible penalties include:

  • Suspension or expulsion
  • A mark for a sexual misconduct violation on your transcript
  • Criminal charges
  • Difficulty finding work after school

Being found responsible for sexual misconduct can cripple your future. It’s extremely important to take these allegations seriously and to use all resources available to help build a solid defense for your disciplinary (and possible criminal) hearing. Our Texas Title IX defense lawyers can help you begin building your defense today during a free consultation.

Offering Title IX Defense For Students At All Texas Schools:

 
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Abilene Christian UniversityAbilene, Texas
Alvin Community CollegeAlvin, Texas
Amarillo CollegeAmarillo, Texas
American InterContinental University HoustonHouston, Texas
Angelina CollegeLufkin, Texas
Angelo State UniversitySan Angelo, Texas
Argosy University DallasFarmers Branch, Texas
Arlington Baptist CollegeArlington, Texas
Austin CollegeSherman, Texas
Austin Community College DistrictAustin, Texas
Baptist Missionary Association Theological SeminaryJacksonville, Texas
Baptist University of the AmericasSan Antonio, Texas
Baylor UniversityWaco, Texas
Blinn CollegeBrenham, Texas
Brazosport CollegeLake Jackson, Texas
Brookhaven CollegeFarmers Branch, Texas
Brown Mackie College San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas
Career Point CollegeSan Antonio, Texas
Cedar Valley CollegeLancaster, Texas
Central Texas CollegeKilleen, Texas
Chamberlain College of Nursing TexasHouston, Texas
Cisco CollegeCisco, Texas
Clarendon CollegeClarendon, Texas
Coastal Bend CollegeBeeville, Texas
College of Biblical Studies HoustonHouston, Texas
College of the MainlandTexas City, Texas
Collin County Community College DistrictMcKinney, Texas
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral ServiceHouston, Texas
Concordia University TexasAustin, Texas
Court Reporting Institute Wheeler Institute of TexasDallas, Texas
Culinary Institute IncHouston, Texas
Dallas Baptist UniversityDallas, Texas
Dallas Christian CollegeDallas, Texas
Dallas Institute of Funeral ServiceDallas, Texas
Del Mar CollegeCorpus Christi, Texas
DeVry University TexasIrving, Texas
East Texas Baptist UniversityMarshall, Texas
Eastfield CollegeMesquite, Texas
El Centro CollegeDallas, Texas
El Paso Community CollegeEl Paso, Texas
Everest College ArlingtonArlington, Texas
Everest College DallasDallas, Texas
Everest College Fort WorthFort Worth, Texas
Everest College Fort Worth SouthFt Worth, Texas
Frank Phillips CollegeBorger, Texas
Galveston CollegeGalveston, Texas
Grayson County CollegeDenison, Texas
Hardin Simmons UniversityAbilene, Texas
Hill CollegeHillsboro, Texas
Houston Baptist UniversityHouston, Texas
Houston Community CollegeHouston, Texas
Howard CollegeBig Spring, Texas
Howard Payne UniversityBrownwood, Texas
Huston Tillotson UniversityAustin, Texas
International Academy of Design and Technology San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas
ITT Technical Institute ArlingtonArlington, Texas
ITT Technical Institute AustinAustin, Texas
ITT Technical Institute DeSotoDeSoto, Texas
ITT Technical Institute Houston NorthHouston, Texas
ITT Technical Institute Houston WestHouston, Texas
ITT Technical Institute RichardsonRichardson, Texas
ITT Technical Institute San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas
ITT Technical Institute WacoWaco, Texas
ITT Technical Institute WebsterWebster, Texas
Jacksonville College Main CampusJacksonville, Texas
Jarvis Christian CollegeHawkins, Texas
KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic ArtsDallas, Texas
Kilgore CollegeKilgore, Texas
Lamar Institute of TechnologyBeaumont, Texas
Lamar State College OrangeOrange, Texas
Lamar State College Port ArthurPort Arthur, Texas
Lamar UniversityBeaumont, Texas
Laredo Community CollegeLaredo, Texas
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts AustinAustin, Texas
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts DallasDallas, Texas
Lee CollegeBaytown, Texas
LeTourneau UniversityLongview, Texas
Lon Morris CollegeJacksonville, Texas
Lone Star College SystemThe Woodlands, Texas
Lubbock Christian UniversityLubbock, Texas
McLennan Community CollegeWaco, Texas
McMurry UniversityAbilene, Texas
Midland CollegeMidland, Texas
Midwestern State UniversityWichita Falls, Texas
Mountain View CollegeDallas, Texas
National American University AustinAustin, Texas
Navarro CollegeCorsicana, Texas
North American CollegeHouston, Texas
North Central Texas CollegeGainesville, Texas
North Lake CollegeIrving, Texas
Northeast Texas Community CollegeMount Pleasant, Texas
Northwest Vista CollegeSan Antonio, Texas
Northwood University TexasCedar Hill, Texas
Odessa CollegeOdessa, Texas
Our Lady of the Lake University San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas
Palo Alto CollegeSan Antonio, Texas
Panola CollegeCarthage, Texas
Paris Junior CollegeParis, Texas
Paul Quinn CollegeDallas, Texas
Prairie View A & M UniversityPrairie View, Texas
Ranger CollegeRanger, Texas
Remington College Dallas CampusGarland, Texas
Remington College Fort Worth CampusFort Worth, Texas
Remington College Houston CampusHouston, Texas
Remington College Houston Southeast CampusWebster, Texas
Remington College North Houston CampusHouston, Texas
Rice UniversityHouston, Texas
Richland CollegeDallas, Texas
Saint Edward’s UniversityAustin, Texas
Sam Houston State UniversityHuntsville, Texas
San Antonio CollegeSan Antonio, Texas
San Jacinto Community CollegePasadena, Texas
Sanford Brown College DallasDallas, Texas
Sanford Brown College HoustonHouston, Texas
Sanford Brown College Houston North LoopHouston, Texas
Sanford Brown College San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas
Schreiner UniversityKerrville, Texas
South Plains CollegeLevelland, Texas
South Texas CollegeMcAllen, Texas
South University The Art Institute of DallasDallas, Texas
South University The Art Institute of Fort WorthFort Worth, Texas
Southern Methodist UniversityDallas, Texas
Southwest Career CollegeEl Paso, Texas
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the DeafBig Spring, Texas
Southwest Texas Junior CollegeUvalde, Texas
Southwestern Adventist UniversityKeene, Texas
Southwestern Assemblies of God UniversityWaxahachie, Texas
Southwestern Christian CollegeTerrell, Texas
Southwestern UniversityGeorgetown, Texas
St Philip’s CollegeSan Antonio, Texas
St. Mary’s UniversitySan Antonio, Texas
Stephen F Austin State UniversityNacogdoches, Texas
Sul Ross State UniversityAlpine, Texas
Tarleton State UniversityStephenville, Texas
Tarrant County College DistrictFort Worth, Texas
Temple CollegeTemple, Texas
Texarkana CollegeTexarkana, Texas
Texas A & M International UniversityLaredo, Texas
Texas A & M University College StationCollege Station, Texas
Texas A & M University CommerceCommerce, Texas
Texas A & M University Corpus ChristiCorpus Christi, Texas
Texas A & M University GalvestonGalveston, Texas
Texas A & M University KingsvilleKingsville, Texas
Texas A & M University TexarkanaTexarkana, Texas
Texas Christian UniversityFort Worth, Texas
Texas CollegeTyler, Texas
Texas Lutheran UniversitySeguin, Texas
Texas Southern UniversityHouston, Texas
Texas State Technical College HarlingenHarlingen, Texas
Texas State Technical College WacoWaco, Texas
Texas State Technical College MarshallMarshall, Texas
Texas State Technical College West TexasSweetwater, Texas
Texas State UniversitySan Marcos, Texas
Texas Tech UniversityLubbock, Texas
Texas Wesleyan UniversityFort Worth, Texas
Texas Woman’s UniversityDenton, Texas
The Art Institute of AustinAustin, Texas
The Art Institute of HoustonHouston, Texas
The Art Institute of San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas
The College of Saint Thomas MoreFort Worth, Texas
The University of Texas at ArlingtonArlington, Texas
The University of Texas at AustinAustin, Texas
The University of Texas at BrownsvilleBrownsville, Texas
The University of Texas at DallasRichardson, Texas
The University of Texas at El PasoEl Paso, Texas
The University of Texas at San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas
The University of Texas at TylerTyler, Texas
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas
The University of Texas of the Permian BasinOdessa, Texas
The University of Texas Pan AmericanEdinburg, Texas
Trinity UniversitySan Antonio, Texas
Trinity Valley Community CollegeAthens, Texas
Tyler Junior CollegeTyler, Texas
University of DallasIrving, Texas
University of HoustonHouston, Texas
University of Houston DowntownHouston, Texas
University of Houston VictoriaVictoria, Texas
University of Mary Hardin BaylorBelton, Texas
University of North TexasDenton, Texas
University of Phoenix Austin CampusAustin, Texas
University of Phoenix Dallas CampusDallas, Texas
University of Phoenix Houston CampusHouston, Texas
University of Phoenix San Antonio CampusSan Antonio, Texas
University of St ThomasHouston, Texas
University of the Incarnate WordSan Antonio, Texas
Vernon CollegeVernon, Texas
Vet Tech Institute of HoustonHouston, Texas
Victoria CollegeVictoria, Texas
Virginia College AustinAustin, Texas
Wade CollegeDallas, Texas
Wayland Baptist UniversityPlainview, Texas
Weatherford CollegeWeatherford, Texas
West Texas A & M UniversityCanyon, Texas
Western Texas CollegeSnyder, Texas
Wharton County Junior CollegeWharton, Texas
Wiley CollegeMarshall, Texas

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