Title IX Defense
If you are a student at a college or university, chances are you’ve worked very hard to get there. However, all the hard work and dedication you’ve put into achieving the goal of attending a higher education institution may be in vain mere accusations of sexual misconduct on campus. Sexual misconduct in all of its forms – sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape etc. – is considered gender-based discrimination, which is strictly prohibited by Title IX. Colleges and universities are required to investigate complaints of sexual misconduct and conduct grievance and disciplinary actions to determine the guilt or innocence of the accused.
Why would I need a Title IX defense attorney?
In recent times, respondents have discovered that sometimes schools don’t play by their own rules. The Department of Education has put immense pressure on higher education institutions to handle cases to their likeness. The failure to do so often leads to the loss of federal funding for schools. With so much at stake, schools have decided to mitigate sexual misconduct cases in favor of the accuser to appease the DOE. When this occurs, accused students are disadvantaged, they oftentimes experience a lack of due process and are stripped of some of the rights they are entitled to by the school. As a result of this unfair treatment, innocent accused students, staff and faculty find themselves expelled, fired or facing criminal charges.
Students, staff, and faculty who are facing allegations of sexual misconduct encounter numerous challenges throughout Title IX processes. The stigma of such crimes in society oftentimes causes people to lose their friends and acquaintances, and lose their good standing in their community, even if the allegations may be false.
When your professional and educational future, and more importantly, your freedom is potentially at stake, it is crucial you choose the right attorney to protect your rights. The Kuhlman Law Office has extensive experience successfully representing clients who have been in your position in Washington State. We understands that these allegations have the power to significantly impact your life and that you need the best possible result. Contact us today for help.