Title IX Lawyers in New Jersey
Experienced Title IX Defense for College Students
If an accusation has led to a Title IX violation, the outcome of the hearing could have a devastating effect your academic transcript, career, and your personal and professional reputation. The New Jersey Title IX lawyers at Roberts & Teeter, LLC defend against allegations of misconduct and provide diligent and assertive representation for our clients in the Title IX process and criminal proceedings.
Unfortunately, college students and athletes accused of Title IX violations are not always assured of their right to due process. Because the stakes are so high, it is important to seek attorneys with sufficient knowledge and experience helping clients navigate the process. We have more than a decade of experience defending the rights of students, athletes, faculty, coaches, and staff against allegations of Title IX violations.
Understanding Title IX
Title IX was passed in 1972 to provide men and women with equal access to programs and facilities in public or private schools that receive federal funding. Over the years, the law has been expanded to include a requirement for schools to investigate reports of incidents of sexual misconduct. As a result, school districts, colleges, and universities are required to conduct investigations and provide students accused of Title IX violations with a fair hearing.
Title IX offers protections for those attending and working at:
- Elementary schools
- Middle schools
- High schools
- Any institution receiving federal funding
Do not make the mistake of not taking the Title IX process seriously enough. The ramifications of these investigations can be devastating for your future. You could face expulsion from school, be denied admission to another college, university, or graduate program, and criminal charges may be filed at the end of the process. It is imperative to seek qualified legal counsel as soon as possible.
What Rights Does Someone Accused of a Title IX Violation Have in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, as in other parts of the United States, individuals accused of a Title IX violation have several rights. These include:
Right to a Fair Process: Under Title IX, every person accused of misconduct is entitled to a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution.
Right to Representation: The accused has the right to be represented by a lawyer or advisor of their choice during the process.
Right to Present Evidence: The accused has the right to present relevant evidence and witnesses in their defense.
Right to Cross-Examination: During the hearing, the accused has the right to cross-examine the complainant and any witnesses through their advisor. Direct questioning by the accused is not allowed.
Right to Appeal: If the accused is found responsible for a Title IX violation, they have the right to appeal the decision under certain conditions.
Right to Notification: The accused has the right to be informed in writing of the allegations, the outcome of the hearing, and any sanctions imposed.
Right to Privacy: All information related to the case is kept confidential to the extent possible, in accordance with state and federal laws.
Right to No Retaliation: Retaliation against the accused for participating in the Title IX process is prohibited.
Remember, these are general rights and the exact procedures can vary between institutions. It's important to consult with a lawyer who is familiar with Title IX cases in New Jersey if you are accused of a violation.
Why Do You Need a Title IX Lawyer in New Jersey?
Title IX is a federal law with ramifications that reach numerous areas of New Jersey life. A Title IX lawyer in New Jersey can help navigate issues of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and more in the state.
In situations involving educational institutions or other workplaces, a Title IX lawyer who understands the law can provide legal guidance to ensure the protection of victims’ rights and ensure that justice is served throughout proceedings.
With a knowledgeable lawyer on your side, you can minimize potential negative outcomes, such as loss of scholarships or job opportunities, and strive for professional satisfaction and a safe learning environment regardless of gender identity or expression.
Does My Child Need a Title IX Attorney?
Almost all colleges and universities permit students accused of sexual misconduct to speak with an "advisor" during disciplinary proceedings. A student should use an advocate who is knowledgeable about the procedure and process, even if the advisor is not an attorney.
We have decades of litigation experience, and new Department of Education rules permit cross-examination of accusers in a hearing. In many schools, an accuser can submit a written response to the allegation. Regardless of the allegation, our attorneys can craft a substantive and forceful defense.
Legal Representation for Title IX Violations in New Jersey
The problem with these proceedings for the accused is that the college, university, or school district will have lawyers present, but won’t offer that to the student or athlete accused of the violation. This is actually a violation of your due process rights. Our New Jersey Title IX lawyers can advocate for you and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process.
We represent clients accused of Title IX violations, such as:
- Sexual assault
- Sexual harassment
- Gender discrimination
- Other forms of sexual violence
We advocate for our clients at every stage of the Title IX process to ensure your legal rights and due process rights are protected. When there is a problem, such as a hearing engaged without adequate protection, behind closed doors, or through a mishandled investigation, we will initiate complaints and take steps to ensure that you are protected.
A Vigorous Defense for Every Client
Under Title IX, every person accused of misconduct is entitled to a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution. In addition, the process is supposed to be kept confidential. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. In some cases, we have seen institutions seek to circumvent the process and retaliate against the accused for insisting on a proper investigation and hearing. We fight for your due process rights and ensure that your rights are protected.
If you or your child has been accused of a Title IX violation, call (732) 607-5553 to schedule a consultation.
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