Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination for any federally funded or assisted school, college, or university. At Harrison & Hart, LLC, our Title IX lawyers vigorously defend students, professors, coaches, and staff accused of violating Title IX and adjacent policies, so long-term academic and legal consequences don’t unnecessarily hold them back.
Facing Title IX or similar allegations?
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Protect your reputation, career, and future.
Colleges and universities that receive federal funds have mandatory reporting requirements for suspected Title IX violations. If you’re caught up in a Title IX or disciplinary matter and notified of an investigation, you are strongly encouraged to call a Title IX defense attorney with Harrison & Hart, LLC as soon as you receive this notice.
Any allegation, however unfounded, can harm your academic, personal, and professional reputation.
A Title IX lawyer defends you against school disciplinary measures and potential criminal charges. You could avoid suspension, expulsion, permanent letter of misconduct in your file, and jail.
Aside from any administrative punishments, criminal charges may also result from a Title IX proceeding. Law enforcement can use your statements or evidence to arrest you.
Remember, you have the right to protect yourself, and many universities allow you to have a lawyer represent you at their internal hearings. At the very least, a Title IX defense lawyer should review any statement or document before you sign.
We dedicate our practice to achieving the best results for our clients, no matter the situation. We know how to negotiate with prosecutors and other attorneys to reach a resolution that will meet your needs.
Two complaints were made alleging that our client, a professor, violated the respectful campus policy as it related to staff members and students. Our attorneys successfully obtained a finding that the allegations were unsubstantiated for both complaints.
Know what you’re up against & defend yourself.
Title IX is a federal civil rights law that is the ninth part of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.). It prohibits sex-based discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence in any public or private school, college, university, or related educational programs that accept federal financial assistance.
The University of New Mexico’s Office of Equal Opportunity and other public and private universities, colleges, and schools consider the following as Title IX and school violations:
Universities, post-secondary institutions, and other schools often have extensive anti-discrimination and disciplinary policies in addition to Title IX. A student, professor, or staff member falsely or wrongly accused of any code of conduct violation could face long-term disciplinary consequences, including suspension, expulsion, or criminal prosecution.
A lawyer representing professors, teachers, students or university staff may prevent you from unnecessary and wrongful discipline. This includes but is not limited to allegations related to:
When an individual files a complaint against a student, faculty member, or staff, the school is obligated to:
Each school, college and university has its disciplinary process and consequences. Harrison & Hart, LLC is ready to defend you of alleged Title IX or related violations.
When you plead guilty or are found guilty of violating your school’s code of conduct, the university may impose any number of sanctions or penalties. The severity of these sanctions depends on the gravity of your alleged offense and might include:
You should know that this is not an exhaustive list of punitive actions for a Title IX violation. In addition, the university can turn over evidence and testimony to law enforcement.
You could face criminal charges for crimes such as rape, sexual assault, battery, and stalking. Depending on the outcome, you might have to pay a fine, go to jail or prison, and lose certain civil rights, including the right to own a firearm or vote in an election.
An individual with a Title IX may also sue the university and name you among the defendants. You could potentially lose everything you have worked hard to achieve, including your job, savings, and reputation. However, early intervention from a legal professional can clear up a misunderstanding quickly, mitigate damage to your life, and help you avoid formal criminal charges.
"Harrison & Hart has represented me in four lawsuits, during which I have continued to be impressed by their intelligence, knowledge of the law and professional integrity. They are creative and shrewd, but honest and forthright. I would confidently take them into any legal battle I faced."
A Title IX attorney protects your rights and future against false or unfounded accusations. Our attorneys have helped many clients in similar situations clear their names and avoid penalties from unwarranted disciplinary actions. We want to hear from you. Call (505) 295-3261, or use our online form to reach out.
From our office in Albuquerque, Harrison & Hart, LLC serves clients throughout New Mexico. We are focused on getting you the best outcome possible in the harshest of situations.