Nyack College and Title IX Violations: All You Need to Know
Title IX, passed in 1972 as part of the Education Amendments, prohibits sex-based discrimination and requires educational institutions receiving federal funding to conduct themselves in a way that promotes gender equality. This includes addressing and resolving cases of sexual misconduct such as rape, sexual assault, or harassment allegations at Nyack College.
The Department of Education strongly encourages all compliant higher education institutions to promptly and fairly respond to reports of this nature. Nyack College is committed to upholding this standard, which translates into serious repercussions for anyone found guilty of these crimes. As a respondent subject to the school’s disciplinary process, you must follow its procedures seriously because your future is potentially at stake.
Nyack College’s Disciplinary Process
The college has an obligation under Title IX to investigate any report brought forward concerning sexual misconduct. Any delay or inadequacy can put their federal funding at risk. Considering the irreversible impact associated with these disputes and complaints, both complainants (reporters) and respondents (the accused) should take the issue extremely seriously as failure on either side could lead to harsh consequences for both parties involved.
In case you witness or experience any attack within Nyack’s premises, it is essential that you report the incident immediately by filling out a sexual assault incident report form available on campus. The college emphasizes that time is critical when collecting and preserving evidence; hence reporting incidents immediately will assist investigators in tabling relevant facts during hearing proceedings.
If you were sexually assaulted or involved in any sexually-related activity without your consent:
– Seek immediate medical attention if injured
– Refrain from washing yourself up before going through medical examinations
– Don’t brush teeth, use the toilet nor change clothing.
– Avoid moving things from their original position at the crime scene
– Keep track of what happens using a journal recording dates, times locations
– Save texts, voicemails, emails, and other electronic records to provide evidence
The Investigation Process
Once a complaint is filed, Nyack will initiate the investigation process. An investigator who is unbiased yet able to define facts within the matter investigates further. They may interview both parties separately to gauge what transpired as well as with potential witnesses. Relevant physical evidence is also gathered by the investigator.
Should the case proceed to a hearing, it will be managed by a three-panel team that oversees statements made by each party and establishes visual evidence that has been provided. Witnesses and large-scale data support will accompany all trial proceedings.
This stage is incredibly stressful for both parties accordingly: make sure you follow procedures keenly.
Requests for appeals must be submitted in writing within five business days of the delivery of the written findings made by the Hearing Panel Coordinator or designated person. In this case, anybody dissatisfied with the Judgment can file within five business days after receiving notification.
Grounds for appeal include procedural error or omission that would significantly impact hearing outcomes or sanctions imposed and new evidence discovered but not available during earlier hearings. Finally, reviews based on whether sanctions are proportionate to misconduct severity may be appealed.
CONTACT A NEW YORK TITLE IX ATTORNEY TODAY
It is every individuals right to choose an advisor they deem fit when subject to a Title IX process. However, at such a critical moment like facing charges related to Title IX violation allegations at Nyack College, one should consider hiring experienced counsel with vast knowledge about college proceedings someone who could lead you through a stringent and sometimes daunting process.
Attorney Todd Spodek has considerable experience in handling these delicate situations; he will offer his professional opinion regarding every step of Nyack’s disciplinary process while ensuring your rights are protected.Contact him today via 212-300-5196 for help before it’s too late.