Title IX – 5 Things To Avoid If You Have Been Accused

Title IX is Serious - Do Not Take it Lightly

As an experienced attorney with a strong track record in Title IX cases, I have witnessed the importance of handling accusations of Title IX violations with the utmost care, respect and professionalism.  If your case involves any of the following you need to be very careful with the action s you take the things you say:


  • Accusations of rape or sexual assault
  • Accusations of stalking or physical assault
  • Accusations of sexual harassment
  • Accusations of inappropriate retaliatory actions
  • Accusations of creating a hostile environment

 Here are five critical things to avoid doing if you find yourself in this situation.

1. Do Not Engage in Retaliation or Harassment

Retaliation or engaging in any form of harassment towards the accuser or any witnesses is absolutely unacceptable. These actions can have severe legal consequences and harm your case. It is crucial to maintain composure, treat all parties involved with respect, and refrain from any behaviors that could be perceived as intimidating, threatening, or harmful.

2. Avoid Discussing the Case Publicly or on Social Media

Public discussions or postings about the details of the case on social media or in public forums can be detrimental to your defense. These discussions can potentially compromise the integrity of the investigation, violate privacy rights, and harm your reputation. It is vital to respect the confidentiality of the proceedings and allow the investigative process to unfold without public interference.

3. Do Not Attempt to Influence Witnesses

Attempting to influence or intimidate witnesses is highly unethical and can severely impact your case. It is crucial to avoid any actions that could be perceived as trying to manipulate or coerce witnesses into providing specific statements or altering their testimonies. Trust in the investigative process and rely on your attorney to navigate the legal proceedings appropriately.

4. Avoid Making False Statements or Misrepresenting Information

Providing false information or misrepresenting facts during the investigation or legal proceedings can significantly damage your credibility and legal standing. It is crucial to be truthful, transparent, and forthcoming when providing information or statements related to the case. Your attorney can guide you in effectively presenting your side of the story while adhering to legal and ethical standards.

5. Do Not Ignore or Underestimate the Charges

Ignoring or underestimating the gravity of the charges against you can have severe consequences. It is crucial to take the charges seriously, cooperate fully with the investigation, and actively participate in the legal proceedings. Failing to address the charges appropriately can lead to unfavorable outcomes, including disciplinary actions. Working closely with your attorney, prepare a strong defense strategy to effectively address the accusations and protect your rights.


Remember, every Title IX case is unique, and it is crucial to consult with a Brian Roark who specializes in Title IX cases. With his guidance and expertise, you can navigate the complexities of the legal process, protect your rights, and mount a strong defense.

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Austin Criminal Defense Attorney Brian Roark

About the Author

Brian Roark is an experienced criminal defense attorney and Title IX lawyer, and former professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law. He has successfully represented clients in a wide range of criminal cases, including DWIs, drug offenses, and violent crimes. Brian has extensive experience representing clients in university Title IX proceedings, helping students navigate these complex and often stressful processes. He is committed to providing his clients with compassionate and personalized legal representation and has a proven track record of achieving positive results.

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