Skilled Defense At Title IX Sexual Harassment Hearings
According to the 1972 civil rights law known as Title IX, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Over the years, courts have held that sexual harassment and sexual violence are included in a broad definition of discrimination based on sex. Student athletes, other students, faculty and staff members in elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities are accused of harassment, rape and other interpersonal offenses involving other members of the community. Comprehensive defense becomes paramount to the future of the accused. Carney, Gaudet & Carney is well-equipped to protect students’, coaches’ and faculty members’ constitutional rights in courts of law as well as their rights in Title IX hearings at their schools.
Defending Your Academic Status And Constitutional Rights
Since August 14, 2020, complaints of Title IX-related sexual harassment violations at secondary schools, colleges and universities have involved new requirements for institutions to conduct live hearings with evidence presented by either or both sides. Complainants’ advisers (who may be attorneys) are allowed to cross-examine both the accuser (the complainant) and the accused (the defendant) as well as witnesses. Title IX officials at the institution must comply with detailed legal requirements for such hearings.
At Carney, Gaudet & Carney, we have a great deal of experience defending students and staff members who have been accused of Title IX offenses. If you have been accused of harassment or charged with campus-based sexual assault, you may need representation at an institutional Title IX hearing as well as defense in a court of law.
When our defense attorneys take on Title IX defense cases, they work hard to obtain favorable outcomes at Title IX hearings as well as in criminal court hearings.
What Defenses Stand Out In Your Case?
Was the person who accused you of harassment or assault under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the alleged offense? Memories may not be reliable in such cases. Have the police or others wrongly accused you of harassment or a sex crime without solid proof of your involvement in an incident? Let’s look into such issues in your case. Ultimately, we are passionate about preserving our clients’ reputations and future opportunities.