Title IX

James Hardy Price

Title IX was first enacted as a federal civil rights law in 1972 to prohibit discrimination based on sex. The legislation states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits or, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” More detailed information can be found here

All colleges and higher education schools in the United State that receive federal financial assistance are tasked with expeditiously investigating any allegations of sexual misconduct to see if the basis for a claim existed. Failure of an education institution to take prompt steps to investigate could result in the loss of federal funding. 

Although Title IX is civil law in nature, a simultaneous criminal law action is often launched. It is therefore critically important to consult with an attorney prior to giving any statements if you are the subject of a Title IX investigation. It is also advisable to retain a lawyer for a Title IX investigation who also handles criminal case. Not all criminal lawyers deal with Title IX cases and not all lawyers who take on Title IX cases practice in criminal law.

The best time to hire a Title IX lawyer is during the initial investigation stage to exercise all of your rights. Normal concepts of due process do not apply to Title IX cases even though the ramifications can be life changing. For example, the accused may be informed of initial allegations at the start of the complaint but additional accusations may arise through the course of the educational institution’s investigation without the accused being notified.

Anyone under investigation or who has been formally accused of committing a sex crime will likely feel isolated. This is especially true for a young college student. Too often, school investigators, law enforcement, prosecutors, and the court of public opinion often rush to judgment without fully considering all the relevant facts. 

Title IX complaints, in many ways, parallel sex allegations in criminal law. Because sex is often involved, these cases are commonly “he said, she said,” disputes without any other witnesses. Raising doubt in the testimony of the complaining witness is a key path to clearing your name.

We have successfully defended students at Furman, Clemson, and Wofford. If you are in need of a lawyer who handles Title IX cases, give us a call at (864) 271-3535.

1 Disclaimer: Any result the lawyer or law firm may achieve on behalf of one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

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