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Experienced Title IX Defense for Sexual Misconduct in Rhode Island & Massachusetts

Title IX Sexual Misconduct Defense Attorneys

Navigating the complexities of college life can be an incredible journey filled with endless possibilities and personal growth. However, it is unfortunate that amidst this transformative phase, certain situations may arise, leading to accusations of sexual misconduct.  Facing allegations of sexual misconduct can be a distressing and overwhelming experience. Often, the origins of these allegations may be unclear, and it's possible that someone close to you might be the one making the Title IX accusations. If you are searching for a defense attorney for Title IX sexual misconduct case, you have come to the right place.

Rhode Island Title IX Sexual Misconduct Lawyers
Marin, Barrett, and Murphy Law Firm 
Available 24/7 at 401-228-8271

At Marin, Barrett, and Murphy, we recognize the importance of addressing such delicate matters with utmost sensitivity and a thorough understanding of the legal procedures involved in accordance with the school's policies. Our team is experienced in handling cases related to accusations of sexual misconduct and sexual assault at institutions across the state of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. From colleges such as Brown University, Providence College, Salve Regina and Bryant College to high schools such as St. Georges and Portsmouth Abbey our team has had experience representing students in a wide variety of sexual misconduct situations, Title IX investigations, and are committed to upholding the principles of due process and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

When accused of violating Title IX regulations, you will be subject to an investigation, and if found “responsible” after a Title IX hearing, you could face severe consequences, with suspension and expulsion being the most common sanctions.

Even if the investigation doesn't lead to a finding of responsibility, the public scrutiny and shame can be detrimental. Your future is important to us, and we are committed to safeguarding your reputation, interests, and future opportunities. Contact us today for a confidential consultation, and let us advocate for you during this challenging time. Together, we will strive for justice and work towards achieving the best possible outcome for your Title IX case.

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law enacted by the United States Congress in 1972. Its core principle is to prohibit any form of sex-based discrimination in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. This law is part of the Education Amendments of 1972, which amended the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Under Title IX, schools that receive federal funding are required to ensure they do not discriminate against students based on sex. Additionally, they must take steps to prevent and address any instances of sex discrimination and implement Title IX policies to enforce Title IX compliance. The law outlines various prohibited conduct, including:

  • Assisting any agency, organization, or person in engaging in sexual discrimination.
  • Enforcing student housing rules unfairly based on sex.
  • Denying aid, benefits, or services to any individual on the basis of sex.
  • Providing different aid, benefits, or services based on sex.
  • Treating one person differently from others when determining aid, benefits, or services.

Over time, the interpretation of Title IX has evolved, and it has become the primary tool used by schools to address cases of sexual misconduct and sexual harrasment. Originally enacted to put an end to sexual discrimination in educational institutions, Title IX now holds significant importance in handling various instances related to sexual misconduct within these institutions.

Sexual Misconduct Cases Under Title IX

College campuses have seen a troubling increase in reports of sexual harassment, assault, and misconduct. As a result, educational institutions have a responsibility according to the federal government to investigate any allegations of sexual misconduct promptly and thoroughly. However, we firmly believe that every individual deserves a fair chance to present their side of the story and defend their rights.

Under Title IX those accused of sexual misconduct have the right to an advisor during this process, which can also be a lawyer. Attorneys specializing in this area work diligently to protect the rights of their clients in accordance with the policies and procedures of the college. This process is very different from the legal system. It is essential to remember that each case is unique and should be treated as such, taking into account the complexities and nuances surrounding issues of consent, credibility, and evidentiary standards. 

Here's some encouraging news: Unjust allegations of sexual misconduct can be overcome, particularly when you possess an understanding of the disciplinary process and how your educational institution addresses such matters. By enlisting the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney-advisor specializing in student defense, you can level the playing field and significantly increase your chances of reclaiming your future.  Let's delve into the essential information you should be aware of to make swift and effective progress.

What are the most common accusations of sexual misconduct?

  • Non-consensual sexual activity: This includes any form of sexual activity that occurs without the explicit and voluntary consent of all parties involved. It can involve acts such as rape, sexual assault, or coerced sexual activity.
  • Sexual harassment: This refers to any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive environment. It can include unwanted sexual advances, comments, gestures, or requests for sexual favors.
  • Stalking: Stalking involves persistent and unwanted attention, communication, or pursuit that causes fear, distress, or concern for one's safety. In cases of sexual misconduct, stalking may be related to a particular individual and involve unwanted sexual advances or threats.
  • Dating or domestic violence: This refers to abusive behaviors within an intimate relationship, including physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. In the context of college campuses, dating violence can occur between students in a romantic relationship.
  • Sexual exploitation: This involves taking advantage of an individual's vulnerability or lack of consent for sexual purposes. It may include acts such as sharing explicit images without consent (revenge porn), engaging in non-consensual recording or distribution of sexual acts, or using someone's sexual vulnerability for personal gain.

What Are The Institutions Where We Have Represented Clients?

  1. Brown University
  2. Providence College
  3. University of Rhode Island
  4. Rhode Island College
  5. Rhode Island School of Design
  6. Bryant University
  7. Johnson & Wales University
  8. Salve Regina University
  9. New England Institute of Technology
  10. Community College of Rhode Island

What Rights Do I Have Under Title IX?

One principle of Anglo-American law is that the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty. Defendants have constitutional rights that prevent them from being unjustly accused, tried, and convicted of crimes. The criminal justice system is imperfect, but affords basic rights and privileges to the accused.  

 Title IX is different. Title IX cases may resemble typical legal cases, but they are not. You have the right to respond, to participate, and to have an advisor… but there is a difference between an advisor and an attorney.  Advisors give advice.  Attorneys also help you investigate, strategize, communicate effectively, and persuade.  Your right to an advisor is the bare minimum, but you may absolutely retain an attorney to make sure that you are fully and completely protected during this complicated process.  The accused in Title IX cases are also given one chance to appeal the decision of the school. Typically, the appeal process goes through a Dean or the President of the university or college. Sometimes schools may only permit appeals if new evidence has become available that was not considered at the time of the original decision. Also, an appeal may be granted if the accused demonstrates they suffered clear violations of Title IX procedures. Lastly, bias of the Title IX officer, Title IX investigator, or hearing panel members may be the basis of an appeal. 

Why should you hire an Attorney-Advisor for sexual misconduct allegations?

Very similar to the court system, our team of lawyers have the expertise and knowledge of each institution's policies and procedures regarding title IX. We have an array of experience working with students who have been in your situation. Just like we have a deep understanding of the law and legal procedures. We can help you navigate the school systems and procedures and provide you with accurate advice and guidance tailored to your specific situation.

Furthermore, we are best able to advocate for your rights and protect your interests throughout the Title IX process and ensure that you understand your rights, help you make informed decisions, and work to achieve the best possible outcome on your behalf.

Additionally, we are experts in strategic planning and representation. As your school advisor, we can develop strategic plans tailored to your case, gathering evidence, conducting research, and presenting strong arguments in your favor. They can represent you in negotiations and school hearings, advocating for your position and working to achieve a favorable resolution.

Lastly, we can help you make a decision through the mitigation of risks and consequences. During these procedures, sometimes it comes down to contractual negotiation. There may be potential risks or consequences involved. We can help assess and identify these risks, develop strategies to mitigate them, and provide guidance on the potential outcomes and consequences of different courses of action.

It's important to note that these situations also may cross over into the court system if the accuser decides to press criminal charges or file for a civil restraining order. In this situation, we can act as both your advisor for your school proceedings and your lawyer in the court system. If you suddenly need to respond to a civil action for a restraining order, or a criminal action for a complaint filed by the police, you can be confident you are fully and completely represented with an attorney from our team.

Title IX Defense Attorneys in Rhode Island: Protecting Your Reputation and Future

In the ever-evolving landscape of educational institutions, it's paramount that every student is treated with fairness and dignity, especially when facing Title IX allegations. At Marin, Barrett, and Murphy Law Firm, we're more than just your attorneys; we are your steadfast advocates. With vast experience across various Rhode Island and Massachusetts institutions, our team is adept at navigating the intricacies of Title IX defense for sexual misconduct allegations. We recognize that your reputation and future are on the line. Therefore, if you or someone you know is facing such allegations and you are looking to find a lawyer focusing on Title IX sexual misconduct cases, don't leave your fate to chance. Take control of your future by contacting us today for a confidential consultation. Let's work together, uphold your rights, and chart a course towards justice. Don't delay, contact our Title IX legal team today at 401-228-8271.

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