Claims of sexual misconduct in at a college or university are controlled by Title IX of the federal civil rights law. They demand a carefully planned, strategic defense, since the potential consequences for the alleged perpetrator are severe. For a faculty member or other employee, it can mean loss of job and other economic detriment. For a student, penalties range from loss of a scholarship to a housing ban to expulsion. In either case, a tarnished reputation can follow the individual for life. If you are facing a Title IX claim or even the possibility of one, you can rely on Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C. for strong, capable legal representation. With offices in Charlottesville, Palmyra and Harrisonburg, we take on clients from James Madison University, Bridgewater College and other area institutions of higher learning.
Any college or university in the United States that receives federal funding must comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sexual discrimination in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. This mandates certain standards for how all public colleges and universities in Virginia, as well as many private institutions, handle claims of sexual misconduct on campus. Sexual misconduct may encompass any type of unwelcome contact of a sexual nature, including:
To ensure fair and equal treatment under Title IX, all parties involved in a case have the right of access to advisors and to present evidence. Securing an experienced legal counsel can ensure that you are able to assert a vigorous defense.
Title IX cases are decided upon a “more likely than not” standard of proof, which is more lenient than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard in criminal cases. This means that a person may be found liable even without unimpeachable proof that he or she committed the act in question. It is therefore crucial to craft a solid, strategic defense to the accusations.
If you are facing a possible Title IX claim of sexual misconduct, it is wise to take the following actions:
Our priority is preventing you from experiencing harsh disciplinary actions and other life-changing consequences. We work persistently and efficiently to develop a defense, and we provide thorough guidance throughout the hearing and appeals process.
We care. We fight. We help our clients put their lives back together. To learn more about how you can defend yourself in a Title IX case, speak with a Virginia attorney at Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C. Call 434-973-7474 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our Charlottesville, Palmyra, Harrisonburg, or Staunton office.
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