Since public colleges and universities receive federal funding, there are federal regulations regarding fair and equitable treatment that can affect students and faculty at higher learning institutions throughout Georgia.
In 1972, education amendments including “Title IX” were passed that helped reduced the incidence of gender discrimination on campuses. For instance, Title IX was widely applied to protect pregnant students and faculty from unfair treatment.
While Title IX, for the most part, has protected discriminated persons, there is one aspect of Title IX that could affect a person’s future: allegations of sexual misconduct.
In instances of sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual harassment, Title IX affords colleges and universities the right to investigate these allegations and reprimand the accused.
When a student, faculty member, or administrative employee is accused of sexual misconduct, he or she can have an advisor represent them throughout Title IX processes. Those facing serious allegations may even hire a criminal defense attorney to serve as their advisor.
Choosing an experienced defense attorney can help fight unsubstantiated and untrue allegations that may affect one’s career, educational opportunities, job prospects, and freedom.
A Title IX conviction could have serious effects on your life and your future. Convictions could result in expulsions, academic probation, removal from sports teams and other extracurricular organizations, and termination from campus-based employment.
In some cases, damages may be awarded to victims that you are responsible for.
If you are contacted by the school (usually in your .edu email) or by an investigator, you will be required to respond quickly.
Get a lawyer to help you respond asap. Do not ignore the notice, hide or try to go it alone.