Being A Student-Athlete Accused Of Sexual Misconduct: The Imperative Need For An Experienced Attorney-Advisor
Title IX, an educational amendment passed in the U.S over 50 years ago, is a federal law prohibiting gender-based discrimination in colleges and universities. While it has been applied to many gender-related intercollegiate issues since its inception, recent events have highlighted one pervasive form of gender discrimination that necessitates constant reference to Title IX; sexual misconduct.
Instances of sexual misconduct occurring on Connecticut college campuses, high schools nationwide has reached epidemic proportions. Current guidelines require institutions to promptly adjudicate complaints brought by students and staff while ensuring fairness during the process.
Its imperative to mention that being accused or named as a respondent (in a Title IX complaint alleging sexual misconduct) is no mean feat, especially if you are also a student-athlete. Respondents face unshakeable stigmas that turn their college and athletic experience upside down due to pressure from federal entities, survivors and the general public who demand that schools cease ignoring or mismanaging cases.
Successfully navigating this complicated terrain demands the involvement of an attorney-advisor due to the far-reaching implications for respondents. Here’s why:
Why You Need An Attorney Advisor
Your Scholarship is In Danger
Earning athletic scholarships requires phenomenal displays of commitment which entail numerous hours spent training, conditioning and skill-sharpening. However, with such significant opportunities come certain conditions abiding which you must do your best to avoid overtures threatening your scholarship.
Unfortunately, one false accusation can trigger the revocation of your scholarship at any point in time. Although organizations like NCAA were initially perceived as insufficiently strict with treating sexually violent conduct among athletes; they’ve recently increased their efforts at correcting such situations by stripping culpable parties scholarships.
The stakes are high, so it’s in your best interest to get help from legal representatives.
Student Athletes Are More Exposed
An ESPN analysis reveals that college athletes are thrice more likely than non-student-athletes to be accused of sexual misconduct at Power 5 conference schools. It’s crucial to note that the analysis depicted data from Title IX complaints against students whether or not the action resulted in formal investigations.
The high exposure rate for student-athletes means that fair adjudication is critical. Experienced attorney advisors help create a balance in these cases by ensuring all parties receive proper treatment.
Ineligibility To Play
Different colleges handle criminal charges based on varying protocols, but Title IX investigations generate unpredictable reactions. As third-parties like coaches possess discretionary powers over decisions affecting respondents’ collegiate athletic career, the failure to follow specific uniform protocol guidelines makes your exposure solely reliant on an administrator or dean’s discretion.
Thankfully, some colleges and universities have taken measures to address this irregularity by sanctioning interim arrangements with oversight from administrative personnel so that athletes do not suffer undue disadvantage.
About Spodek Law Group
The Spodek Law Group is well-known for representing students who face disciplinary actions in both state and federal courts nationwide. Representing people accused of any infractions such as drug offenses, simple misdemeanors, or serious felonies including murder and sexual assault among others; it provides excellent services tailored towards facilitating favorable outcomes for their clients.
Attorney Todd Spodek leads the firm and possesses unmatched skill set necessary for systematically navigating varied processes involved in Title IX proceedings: from investigations, hearings to appeals. Among notable accomplishments recorded through his firm include successful representation of numerous clients across several academic institutions across America falling under almost every classification graduate/undergraduate student regardless of major/field specialization, staff members, educators alike.
Connecticut Colleges And Universities Where Services Are Available
Connecticut boasts various academic institutions attended by several students who may require legal services relevant to Title IX claims. These institutions include:
|State Universities||State-Run Colleges:||Federal-Level Military Academy||Private Colleges and Universities||For-Profit Colleges|
|Eastern Connecticut State University||(Formerly) Briarwood College Lincoln Technical Institute Post University||United States Coast Guard Academy (Exempt from Title IX and the Clery Act)||Albertus Magnus College Connecticut College Fairfield University Goodwin College Hartford Seminary Holy Apostles College and Seminary Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts Mitchell College New England Baptist College
University of New Haven Paier College of Art Quinnipiac University Rensselaer at Hartford Sacred Heart University St. Vincent’s College Trinity College
University of Bridgeport University of Hartford University of Saint Joseph Wesleyan University Yale University
|Central Connecticut State University|
|Southern Connecticut State University|
|Western Connecticut State University|