Title IX Defense FAQ
Answers to questions about Title IX allegations, consequences, and defense strategies
Title IX allegations can be life-altering, affecting not just the immediate present but also casting a shadow on future aspirations. Botsford & Roark stands as a beacon of hope during such trying times. With our commitment to justice, our deep understanding of Title IX processes, and our dedication to our clients, we ensure that you are not alone.
If you or your child has been accused of a Title IX violation in Texas, you likely have a lot of questions. The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions answered by our Title IX defense lawyers. The information provided here is general and may not apply to all circumstances.
For information that relates to your specific case, contact us for a confidential case evaluation. We can listen to the details of what happened, answer questions, and explain your options. There is no obligation to hire us, just information you can trust from a firm with decades of high-profile Title IX defense experience.
- What is Title IX, and why is it important?
- What is a Title IX violation?
- What are some of the possible outcomes of a Title IX sexual assault accusation in Texas?
- Why should I hire a Texas Title IX defense lawyer?
- How can parents support a child facing accused of a Title IX violation?
Title IX is a federal law that was enacted as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. It prohibits sex- and gender-based discrimination in education programs and applies to any educational institution that receives federal funding, including colleges and universities, K-12 schools, and vocational schools.
Specifically, the law states: “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.”
Title IX ensures equal access to educational opportunities in all aspects of education including admissions, financial aid, athletics, academics, and more. It also requires schools to address Title IX complaints and violations with a fair process developed by the institution in accordance with federal guidelines.
There are many types of Title IX violations, but most students with Title IX cases have usually been accused of a form of sexual assault. Here are just some of the examples of the allegations students face under Title IX:
- Sexual assault. Non-consensual sexual contact or activity. Failure to obtain consent. Engaging in sexual activity without clear, voluntary consent from all parties. Many Title IX accusations involve questions about consent obscured by alcohol
- Sexual harassment. Conduct of a sexual nature creating a hostile environment
- Stalking. Persistent, unwanted attention or contact causing fear in the victim
- Dating violence. Violence or abuse within a dating relationship
- Retaliation. Adverse actions against someone who reported a Title IX violation
Overall, any gender-based discrimination involving the alleged unequal treatment in academics, athletics, or extracurricular activities can result in a Title IX complaint.
Every case is unique, and the outcomes can vary significantly based on the specific details. Consequences of an unfavorable Title IX decisions may include:
- Loss of financial aid
- Academic sanctions
- Criminal charges
- Civil lawsuits
- Social and career consequences
The fight for justice in cases of Title IX violations is often a challenging journey. It requires courage, resilience, and knowledge of the various legal remedies available. Importantly, it necessitates the involvement of experienced legal counsel to guide students and their families through the intricacies of these legal processes.
Botsford & Roark has decades of experience providing excellent Title IX defense representation when people need it most. Here’s what you can expect when working with us:
- In-depth consultation
- Guided navigation
- Evidence compilation
- Hearing representation
- Appeal assistance
- Protection of academic and professional future
Title IX allegations can have lifelong consequences, including the possibility of suspension or expulsion from school. It's crucial to take them seriously from the start and seek legal advice right away. In addition to hiring the right lawyer to investigate the allegations against your child, there are other ways parents can help their children through this difficult time:
- Listen. Let your child share their perspective and feelings without interjecting too much. Fully expressing their feelings, fears, and questions will help them move forward with the courage to take on the accuser.
- Understand school policies. Familiarize yourself with your child's educational institution's Title IX policies and procedures.
- Communicate. Maintain open communication with the institution, addressing concerns and questions.
- Provide emotional support. Be there for your child during this challenging time. The impact and devastation of a Title IX accusation cannot be overstated. Encourage your child to seek support from friends, family, or a therapist, if necessary.
Contact Botsford & Roark
At Botsford & Roark, our Title IX defense attorneys are here to support you during these challenging times and provide the knowledge and dedication you need to defend your rights and future. Don't hesitate to reach out—we're here for you. For information specific to your case, contact us for a free and confidential case evaluation.