Chicago Title IX Defense Attorneys
Anyone who is charged with sexual harassment, assault, or misconduct on campus at an Illinois university or other educational institution is probably frightened about the future. Illinois colleges take sexual assault charges seriously, so even the mere accusation can put your degree and future at risk.
However, a Chicago Title IX defense attorney can investigate your case and offer a robust defense if you have been so accused. If you have a legal issue involving Title IX, please contact our Chicago Title IX defense attorneys at Law Offices of Vadim A. Glozman today.
What Is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 bans sex discrimination in education. The federal civil rights law covers every college student and staff member in educational institutions that get federal funding, including:
Colleges and universities
Local school districts
Career and technical education organizations
Museums and libraries
If there is an allegation of sexual misconduct at the educational organization, the institution must perform an independent investigation. While sexual assault or harassment can happen to anyone, it particularly affects women and their access to education. If someone has experienced sexual harassment or assault, they should file a complaint with the educational organization. However, if the alleged victim thinks the school is not investigating the matter, they can file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education.
While all Title IX accusations must be taken seriously, there are cases where the allegation is unfounded. If that happens, our Chicago Title IX defense attorneys may be able to assist you.
What Are The Consequences Of A Title IX Accusation?
The mere accusation of a Title IX violation can have a devastating impact on your life, so take it seriously. Some of the possible consequences are:
Suspension: You could be suspended from your university in Illinois, which could prevent you from graduating. If you are under suspicion of a violation, you also may not be able to get into another university. However, a Title IX defense lawyer can sometimes help to avoid a school suspension.
Expulsion: This will be on your permanent record if you are expelled from college. When applying to another school, you must address why you were expelled. Your school acceptance can be revoked if you do not disclose the disciplinary action.
Revocation of your degree: Some universities will revoke your degree if there was a Title IX violation.
Loss of scholarship or financial assistance: If you cannot participate in the sport at school, you could lose your athletic scholarship and financial aid.
What Is A Title IX Investigation?
A Title IX investigation will be initiated as soon as there is an allegation of sexual misconduct at your college, school, or university. If you are being investigated, you are entitled to have the case heard according to standard procedures and to have notice of the allegations and descriptions of the evidence. Further, you and your attorney can provide your version of events during the hearing.
The attorneys at Law Offices of Vadim A. Glozman often work with students to advise them on their Title IX proceedings. Our attorneys understand the complexities of the law and will participate in the investigation. You are allowed by federal law to have an attorney with you at all meetings, and you can review the evidence.
You also receive a copy of the investigation report. Most Title IX investigations take about 60 days, but nothing in the law states it must be concluded in that time. If the case is more complicated, the investigation may take longer. For instance, a case can take longer if there are more witnesses, complainants, and incidents. The attorney you hire to defend you is critical to the outcome of your case. Some of the benefits of hiring a skilled Title IX defense attorney are:
Receiving Due Process And Fairness
Due process ensures that your side of events is told, and with a lawyer, it may be easier to argue your case. In addition, our attorney will ensure you have a strong defense during the investigation and subsequent hearings.
Your attorney will use cross-examination to test the credibility of every witness to the alleged violation. Each side can query witnesses and other parties during the hearings. However, your legal advisor cannot raise questions about the complainant’s sexual history; they only may ask questions relevant to the current allegations.
Your attorney will help with your opening statement and prepare you for interviews about the allegations. They will also collect evidence that presents your side and retain witnesses to get their sworn statements about the alleged misconduct.
Your attorney will ensure that you do not attempt to contact your accuser. You should not make any attempt to contact your accuser by phone, text, email, or in person. The best course in a Title IX investigation is to allow investigators to do their work. Your attorney can help if someone attempts to retaliate against you for the alleged misdeed.
It is common for the accused to be sued by the accuser, even if you are not found guilty. Your attorney can also represent you in civil court if a lawsuit is filed against you.
Managing Your Reputation
A Chicago Title IX attorney understands that your reputation is on the line. They can help you manage public relations and get any damaging content removed from the Internet.
How To Defend Yourself Against Title IX Allegations
If you are accused of sexual misconduct and face a Title IX hearing, you can defend yourself with these actions:
Review your student handbook, school policies, and relevant disciplinary procedures to the case.
Copy and keep all emails and texts between you and your accuser.
Copy and keep emails and texts of friends and others who can testify about your relationship with the accuser.
Collect statements and contact details from critical witnesses.
Prepare for your hearing with a Title IX defense attorney. The sooner you retain an attorney, the more likely there will be a positive outcome.
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