Title IX Defense
Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex at all elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities that receive federal funding. Title IX directly addresses allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, gender discrimination, and any form of sexual violence.
If you’ve been accused of a Title IX violation, it is important to contact our office right away. Call 573-499-1700 today to discuss your case for free with an experienced Title IX defense attorney. Holder Susan Slusher LLC aggressively represents students and faculty involved in Title IX violation allegations at schools throughout Missouri, including Columbia, Moberly, Fulton and Boonville, as well as other areas in the Midwest.
Understanding Title IX
Title IX of the Educational Amendment Act of 1972 was originally intended to protect against gender discrimination. Over time, however, it has become the method in which educational institutions expel young men after accusations of sexual misconduct.
Holder Susan Slusher LLC possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in Title IX defense. A conviction of a Title IX offense can turn your life upside down and follow you for the rest of your life. It is crucial to seek the counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Title IX offense claims can involve:
- Sexual Misconduct
- Sexual assault
- Sexual harassment
- Intimate partner violence
- Sex or gender discrimination
Regardless of whether it took place with a student from another school or off campus, any Title IX allegation can lead to expulsion, suspension or a permanent note on your transcript. This can make it difficult to transfer to a new school, or attain acceptance to a post-college program such as medical, business or law school. It can also stand in the way of future employment.
What Rights am I Granted throughout the Title IX Process?
The Title IX process is an investigation that your school embarks on after receiving a complaint against you. It is unlike a criminal or civil investigation and trial, so the protections you're granted may be much different than what would be offered in such a case. You are not entitled to a conversation with the opposing party, for instance. However, you are entitled to an equal, impartial, prompt process. This means that, for example, if the person who made the complaint against you is allowed witness testimony, fairness dictates that you have the right to cross-examine that witness. You are also entitled to an advisor who can guide you and be present with you at each phase of the Title IX process. This is the role your Title IX defense attorney plays. This professional will aggressively represent your interests in a way that the school simply doesn't.
Does “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” Apply to the Title IX Complaint against Me?
"Beyond a reasonable doubt" is a strict standard that applies to criminal prosecutions. It is not applicable in Title IX cases. Instead, the standard of proof a school uses in Title IX cases is less stringent. It's the "preponderance of the evidence" that counts; and this standard can make it more difficult to succeed as a defendant in this kind of case. The preponderance of the evidence states that the complainant merely has to prove that there is more truth to falsehood in their allegations. This means that, if a panel deems a complaint against you to be more than 50 percent likely to be true, you will be subject to penalties.
What is Deemed Sexual Harassment under Title IX?
The University of Missouri School System complies with Title IX in all facets. Students cannot possibly be expected to understand each and every one. However, it is wise to know some of the finer points of what might unwittingly or haphazardly invite a complaint. In the area of sexual harassment, Title IX has a few categories into which conduct may fall. These include:
- "Hostile environment." A hostile environment may be created through unwelcomed conduct that is perceived as objectively offensive, pervasive, severe, and that denies a person equal access to the school's program or any activity therein.
- "Quid Pro Quo." "An employee of the University conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the University on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct."
- "Sexual assault." Any sexual conduct that constitutes rape, even statutory rape and fondling, is categorized as sexual assault.
- "Stalking." Any conduct that is directed at a specific person that results in emotional distress or fear for their safety may be perceived as stalking.
- "Dating violence." Violence committed by a person on another person with whom they are in a romantic relationship.
- "Domestic violence." Violence committed by a person on a spouse, child, or intimate partner with whom they cohabitate. The family violence laws of Missouri come into play in determining what qualifies as domestic violence.
You Must Act Quickly Against a Title IX Allegation
If you are a college or university employee or student who has been accused of a Title IX offense, you will soon face investigators from the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC). Additionally, OIEC complaints frequently go to local law enforcement agencies, resulting in criminal charges being filed against you. Because of these factors, it is crucial that you have an experienced Title IX defense attorney immediately at your side the moment you know there was a complaint made against you.
Do not face Title IX charges on your own. Whether you are completely innocent of the allegations or have an explanation that needs to be heard, our Title IX defense lawyers have the knowledge, skill and resources necessary to build your best case. Contact our office today to discuss your case for free.
Title IX Offenses in the News
Our distinguished Title IX defense attorney Christopher Slusher recently commented on a Title IX complaint against a Yale junior who was accused of groping two female students. Possible collusion may have affected the outcome of the hearing. Read the full story here.
Call Today to Discuss Your Title IX Case for Free
If you face Title IX charges, don’t wait another minute. Call Holder Susan Slusher LLC today at 573-499-1700 for a complimentary case evaluation. We serve Columbia, Moberly, Fulton and Boonville, Missouri.