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Title IX of the federal Civil Rights Act outlaws sex discrimination in any form at higher educational institutions. While the law is meant to shield students against mistreatment based on gender, it is sometimes used as a sword against faculty members and other students — especially in cases of alleged sexual misconduct.
If you are accused of a Title IX violation, your career as an educator or your status as a student could be over. Academic institutions, under pressure to show zero tolerance for gender-based discrimination, may rush to settle a dispute, which can jeopardize due process for the accused. With more than 30 years of criminal defense experience, The Law Offices of Kevin L. Collins, P.C. can protect your rights while working to disprove the allegations against you.
Title IX is violated when sex discrimination occurs at an educational institution that receives federal funding. Complaints can be filed against individuals and the institution itself, alleging gender-based discrimination related to such matters as:
Title IX violations can also consist of sexual assault, sexual harassment or lax administration policies and practices for prevention and investigation of such conduct.
While Title IX serves a laudable purpose, it can be used improperly to ascribe discriminatory motives for conduct where none may exist. This can result in innocent faculty members being subjected to unfair and harsh discipline. The consequences for a faculty member found to have violated Title IX can include losing academic tenure, losing employment and paying victim restitution, all of which can be devastating to the person’s career and reputation.
This is why accusations of sex discrimination by faculty members must be met with a thorough and precise defense, which includes gathering and presenting evidence to disprove discriminatory intent on the part of the accused.
Accusations of sexual assault on college campuses have become more frequent over the past decade. A Title IX proceeding based on such charges can result in penalties ranging from academic probation to expulsion and loss of financial aid. In addition, the allegations may be used to support a criminal complaint that could lead to prosecution in state court, running the risk of jail time and heavy fines.
When one student accuses another or sexual assault, whether the charges are founded or not, the accused deserves a vigorous defense. Title IX rules provide certain procedural guarantees, including the right to question the accuser at a hearing and to be represented by an attorney. It is important to hire an attorney skilled both in Title IX proceedings and in criminal cases. Having worked extensively in criminal and juvenile courts, Kevin L. Collins is experienced in representing young people accused of serious offenses. He is motivated to fight tirelessly for your future.
The Law Offices of Kevin L. Collins, P.C. in San Antonio provides aggressive defense to allegations of Title IX violations. To schedule a consultation, call us at 210-598-8629 or contact us online. We are conveniently located at the IBC Centre, 130 East Travis Street, easily accessible from I-35 and I-37.