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.

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Abilene Christian University Abilene, Texas
Alvin Community College Alvin, Texas
Amarillo College Amarillo, Texas
American InterContinental University Houston Houston, Texas
Angelina College Lufkin, Texas
Angelo State University San Angelo, Texas
Argosy University Dallas Farmers Branch, Texas
Arlington Baptist College Arlington, Texas
Austin College Sherman, Texas
Austin Community College District Austin, Texas
Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary Jacksonville, Texas
Baptist University of the Americas San Antonio, Texas
Baylor University Waco, Texas
Blinn College Brenham, Texas
Brazosport College Lake Jackson, Texas
Brookhaven College Farmers Branch, Texas
Brown Mackie College San Antonio San Antonio, Texas
Career Point College San Antonio, Texas
Cedar Valley College Lancaster, Texas
Central Texas College Killeen, Texas
Chamberlain College of Nursing Texas Houston, Texas
Cisco College Cisco, Texas
Clarendon College Clarendon, Texas
Coastal Bend College Beeville, Texas
College of Biblical Studies Houston Houston, Texas
College of the Mainland Texas City, Texas
Collin County Community College District McKinney, Texas
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service Houston, Texas
Concordia University Texas Austin, Texas
Court Reporting Institute Wheeler Institute of Texas Dallas, Texas
Culinary Institute Inc Houston, Texas
Dallas Baptist University Dallas, Texas
Dallas Christian College Dallas, Texas
Dallas Institute of Funeral Service Dallas, Texas
Del Mar College Corpus Christi, Texas
DeVry University Texas Irving, Texas
East Texas Baptist University Marshall, Texas
Eastfield College Mesquite, Texas
El Centro College Dallas, Texas
El Paso Community College El Paso, Texas
Everest College Arlington Arlington, Texas
Everest College Dallas Dallas, Texas
Everest College Fort Worth Fort Worth, Texas
Everest College Fort Worth South Ft Worth, Texas
Frank Phillips College Borger, Texas
Galveston College Galveston, Texas
Grayson County College Denison, Texas
Hardin Simmons University Abilene, Texas
Hill College Hillsboro, Texas
Houston Baptist University Houston, Texas
Houston Community College Houston, Texas
Howard College Big Spring, Texas
Howard Payne University Brownwood, Texas
Huston Tillotson University Austin, Texas
International Academy of Design and Technology San Antonio San Antonio, Texas
ITT Technical Institute Arlington Arlington, Texas
ITT Technical Institute Austin Austin, Texas
ITT Technical Institute DeSoto DeSoto, Texas
ITT Technical Institute Houston North Houston, Texas
ITT Technical Institute Houston West Houston, Texas
ITT Technical Institute Richardson Richardson, Texas
ITT Technical Institute San Antonio San Antonio, Texas
ITT Technical Institute Waco Waco, Texas
ITT Technical Institute Webster Webster, Texas
Jacksonville College Main Campus Jacksonville, Texas
Jarvis Christian College Hawkins, Texas
KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts Dallas, Texas
Kilgore College Kilgore, Texas
Lamar Institute of Technology Beaumont, Texas
Lamar State College Orange Orange, Texas
Lamar State College Port Arthur Port Arthur, Texas
Lamar University Beaumont, Texas
Laredo Community College Laredo, Texas
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Austin Austin, Texas
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Dallas Dallas, Texas
Lee College Baytown, Texas
LeTourneau University Longview, Texas
Lon Morris College Jacksonville, Texas
Lone Star College System The Woodlands, Texas
Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, Texas
McLennan Community College Waco, Texas
McMurry University Abilene, Texas
Midland College Midland, Texas
Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, Texas
Mountain View College Dallas, Texas
National American University Austin Austin, Texas
Navarro College Corsicana, Texas
North American College Houston, Texas
North Central Texas College Gainesville, Texas
North Lake College Irving, Texas
Northeast Texas Community College Mount Pleasant, Texas
Northwest Vista College San Antonio, Texas
Northwood University Texas Cedar Hill, Texas
Odessa College Odessa, Texas
Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio San Antonio, Texas
Palo Alto College San Antonio, Texas
Panola College Carthage, Texas
Paris Junior College Paris, Texas
Paul Quinn College Dallas, Texas
Prairie View A & M University Prairie View, Texas
Ranger College Ranger, Texas
Remington College Dallas Campus Garland, Texas
Remington College Fort Worth Campus Fort Worth, Texas
Remington College Houston Campus Houston, Texas
Remington College Houston Southeast Campus Webster, Texas
Remington College North Houston Campus Houston, Texas
Rice University Houston, Texas
Richland College Dallas, Texas
Saint Edward’s University Austin, Texas
Sam Houston State University Huntsville, Texas
San Antonio College San Antonio, Texas
San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, Texas
Sanford Brown College Dallas Dallas, Texas
Sanford Brown College Houston Houston, Texas
Sanford Brown College Houston North Loop Houston, Texas
Sanford Brown College San Antonio San Antonio, Texas
Schreiner University Kerrville, Texas
South Plains College Levelland, Texas
South Texas College McAllen, Texas
South University The Art Institute of Dallas Dallas, Texas
South University The Art Institute of Fort Worth Fort Worth, Texas
Southern Methodist University Dallas, Texas
Southwest Career College El Paso, Texas
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf Big Spring, Texas
Southwest Texas Junior College Uvalde, Texas
Southwestern Adventist University Keene, Texas
Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie, Texas
Southwestern Christian College Terrell, Texas
Southwestern University Georgetown, Texas
St Philip’s College San Antonio, Texas
St. Mary’s University San Antonio, Texas
Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas
Sul Ross State University Alpine, Texas
Tarleton State University Stephenville, Texas
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, Texas
Temple College Temple, Texas
Texarkana College Texarkana, Texas
Texas A & M International University Laredo, Texas
Texas A & M University College Station College Station, Texas
Texas A & M University Commerce Commerce, Texas
Texas A & M University Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas
Texas A & M University Galveston Galveston, Texas
Texas A & M University Kingsville Kingsville, Texas
Texas A & M University Texarkana Texarkana, Texas
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas
Texas College Tyler, Texas
Texas Lutheran University Seguin, Texas
Texas Southern University Houston, Texas
Texas State Technical College Harlingen Harlingen, Texas
Texas State Technical College Waco Waco, Texas
Texas State Technical College Marshall Marshall, Texas
Texas State Technical College West Texas Sweetwater, Texas
Texas State University San Marcos, Texas
Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas
Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, Texas
Texas Woman’s University Denton, Texas
The Art Institute of Austin Austin, Texas
The Art Institute of Houston Houston, Texas
The Art Institute of San Antonio San Antonio, Texas
The College of Saint Thomas More Fort Worth, Texas
The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, Texas
The University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas
The University of Texas at Brownsville Brownsville, Texas
The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, Texas
The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, Texas
The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, Texas
The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, Texas
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, Texas
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, Texas
The University of Texas Pan American Edinburg, Texas
Trinity University San Antonio, Texas
Trinity Valley Community College Athens, Texas
Tyler Junior College Tyler, Texas
University of Dallas Irving, Texas
University of Houston Houston, Texas
University of Houston Downtown Houston, Texas
University of Houston Victoria Victoria, Texas
University of Mary Hardin Baylor Belton, Texas
University of North Texas Denton, Texas
University of Phoenix Austin Campus Austin, Texas
University of Phoenix Dallas Campus Dallas, Texas
University of Phoenix Houston Campus Houston, Texas
University of Phoenix San Antonio Campus San Antonio, Texas
University of St Thomas Houston, Texas
University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas
Vernon College Vernon, Texas
Vet Tech Institute of Houston Houston, Texas
Victoria College Victoria, Texas
Virginia College Austin Austin, Texas
Wade College Dallas, Texas
Wayland Baptist University Plainview, Texas
Weatherford College Weatherford, Texas
West Texas A & M University Canyon, Texas
Western Texas College Snyder, Texas
Wharton County Junior College Wharton, Texas
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