In the 1970s, Title IX went into effect to protect people from sex-based discrimination. On college campuses, this covers sexual harassment, assault, and dating violence. While violating Title IX isn’t necessarily a criminal charge, can it become one?
What Happens When You Violate Title IX
If you violate Title IX on a college campus, you face penalties at that university. These penalties can have a significant impact on your educational future.
Depending on the severity of the offense, you may be punished by:
- A formal warning
- Academic probation
- Permanent expulsion
- Loss of scholarships
If you are an employee found guilty of violating Title IX, you may be subject to termination.
If you are charged with a Title IX violation that is a sex crime, like sexual assault, you risk criminal penalties in addition to those listed above. This puts you at risk of jail time, expensive fines, probation, and other consequences. Another major penalty is the requirement to register as a sex offender. For nearly all sex offenses, the guilty party is required to register as a sex offender for a number of years - if not permanently. It can be incredibly difficult to move forward in life with your name appearing on that list. Your potential career, living situation, and relationships can all suffer.
Hiring a Title IX Lawyer
As you can see, Title IX cases can quickly become serious. If you have been accused of violating Title IX, you should hire a defense attorney to represent you. This gives you the best chance of a favorable outcome. Many schools face pressure to always punish the accused party which makes defending against these claims increasingly difficult. An experienced Title IX attorney knows what needs to be done to help you achieve the best outcome possible.
Miami Title IX Defense
When someone is accused of a Title IX offense, it can be extremely difficult to challenge these allegations. At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., we understand the complexity of these cases and are ready to take on the challenge. To get started with our team, give us a call at (305) 330-1360.