Title IX was created to ensure equal treatment of people of all genders at schools and other educational institutions. This covers a wide range of cases that involve discrimination based on sex. Arguably the most common Title IX accusations on school campuses are sexual offenses. Here’s what you need to know about these cases.
Types of Title IX Accusations
You may be accused of a Title IX violation for:
- Sexual assault
- Sexual harassment
- Dating violence
After being accused of a Title IX violation, the school’s Title IX office will conduct an investigation to verify the complaint. It is important to note that within these investigations, schools are only required to find “clear and convincing” evidence against the accused to declare they are guilty. In criminal cases, the evidence must show guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” What this means is that individuals can be found guilty of Title IX violations with much less solid evidence than it would take to determine guilt in a criminal case.
What To Do After Being Accused
It is incredibly difficult to prove innocence after a Title IX accusation. However, there are steps you can take to protect yourself throughout the investigation and hearing to help your case.
- Stay silent: don’t talk to the police, school officials, or the alleged victim.
- Keep notes: write down every detail you can remember about the incident from your perspective.
- Contact witnesses: if you were around anyone at the time of the incident, contact them and ask if they can corroborate your story.
- Preserve evidence: save any text messages or electronic interactions between you and the individual who accused you.
- Contact an attorney: though Title IX violations are not necessarily criminal offenses, working with an attorney is one of the best ways to ensure a positive outcome.
Florida Title IX Lawyers
If found responsible for a Title IX violation, you risk losing your job, being suspended, or even expelled. These effects can end up changing the course of your life. Take action today to prevent losing control of your future. Our team at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. knows what it takes to fight a Title IX accusation. We can defend you throughout your administrative hearing and criminal case when necessary. We are ready to take your call 24/7: (954) 840-8713.