Title IX is a civil rights law passed as part of Education Amendments of 1972 to prevent discrimination on the basis of sex in educational institutions.
While everyone agrees that discrimination should be forbidden, Title IX investigations and hearings against individual students or faculty sometimes overstep their boundaries or accuse an innocent person.
Whether or not you are facing legal charges in addition to your school’s allegations, if you have been accused of a Title IX violation, you need an experienced Michigan defense attorney on your side to help you through this complicated process.
Title IX states that, “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.”
This means that this type of discrimination is forbidden in any educational institutions who receive federal funding – including schools, universities, libraries, museums, etc.
As a school, Title IX violations can lead to losing government funding. That’s why these institutions are encouraged to:
Hire and maintain a sexual assault allegation coordinator
Maintain a written policy that details the sexual violence/harrassment investigation process
Provide accommodations to the alleged victims
But when we’re dealing with individual Title IX violations, those accusations are almost exclusively sexual assault allegations.
Note: Sometimes law enforcement officers will conduct criminal/civil investigations at the same time as school investigations