Protecting Your Child’s Title IX Rights
The Importance of Hiring an Attorney with Extensive Knowledge of Title IX Law
One of the most contentious issues in education today is the enforcement of Title IX rules and regulations in publicly funded schools. Title IX, a federal civil rights law implemented by Congress as part of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded K-12 schools and colleges and universities. It requires high schools to investigate and remediate discrimination, including incidents like sexual harassment, stalking, and sexual violence.
At Spodek Law Group, we understand how critical it is to protect your child’s Title IX rights. As experienced attorneys with extensive knowledge of federal Title IX law and New York law, we can ensure that your child’s school doesn’t trample on their rights. Attorney Todd Spodek and our team of attorneys have handled numerous Title IX and student misconduct cases nationwide, successfully resolving cases through the investigative and hearing process.
The Importance of a Thorough Investigation
A thorough investigation is crucial to a student’s defense. While it may be tempting to ignore or dismiss allegations that you know are false, it’s essential to hire an attorney as soon as an investigation begins to ensure that the school won’t unfairly rush your student through a complicated process. Schools often rush through Title IX investigations and hearings without permitting the accused to see the investigative report or submit written questions to be asked of witnesses or the parties.
Keeping New York High Schools Accountable
While many colleges and universities have well-developed policies and procedures to investigate and decide Title IX violations, high schools haven’t necessarily developed a robust system. As a result, some high school investigations can be hurried, without necessarily giving the accused a full opportunity to answer the charges and defend themselves. Attorney Todd Spodek, an experienced New York Title IX and student rights attorney, understands the importance of keeping New York high schools accountable for their actions.
As part of a sexual misconduct investigation, Title IX entitles an accused student to certain due process rights. At Spodek Law Group, we fight passionately for the future of our clients because we understand that an accused high school student’s academic future is on the line. We prioritize our clients’ needs and well-being and do not settle for the easiest outcome.
|Due Process Rights||Explanation|
|A presumption of innocence||Schools must provide your child with a written statement regarding their presumption of innocence under recent revisions to Title IX regulations.|
|Right to receive the investigative report||Your student is entitled to receive a copy of the investigative report and to be allowed to submit written questions after receiving the report.|
|Right to submit written questions||Both the accused and the accuser are entitled to submit written questions to be asked of witnesses and parties after they receive a copy of the investigative report. They are also entitled to receive the answers to those questions and to submit limited follow-up questions.|
If a school denies your child any of the process rights mentioned above, it may have violated your student’s due process rights. As a result, it’s essential to talk to a student’s rights or Title IX attorney as soon as possible.
Experienced New York Students Rights Attorney
At Spodek Law Group, our experienced New York student rights attorney, Todd Spodek, understands the complexities of the Title IX process and the potential impact of a sexual misconduct investigation on a student’s academic future. He has handled Title IX and student misconduct cases at thousands of schools across the country, successfully resolving cases through the investigative and hearing process.
It’s critical to make sure that the Title IX investigation at your child’s New York high school is handled properly, and the accused student’s interests and rights are protected from as early as possible during the sexual misconduct investigative process. Even at high schools where a finding of responsibility for sexual misconduct charges is made at a hearing, the investigation will set the stage for what the hearing panel is provided before a hearing.
Unfortunately, some parents make the mistake of not taking the necessary precautions as soon as possible when accused of sexual misconduct. Some people will mistakenly believe that if they “just explain what happened,” their school will be fair and impartial and will arrive at the truth. In a perfect world, this may be the case, but in a perfect world, sexual misconduct allegations and Title IX charges would not exist.
At Spodek Law Group, we fight passionately for the future of our clients at schools throughout the nation for many years. We know how important it is to mount the strongest defense possible, and we prioritize our clients’ needs and well-being. Todd Spodek is a licensed attorney in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, admitted as an attorney pro hac vice in state and federal court if needed when representing clients nationwide. He serves as a Title IX attorney advisor to high school students facing sexual misconduct investigations and disciplinary cases in New York and throughout the nation.
Contact Us Today
If your high school student is facing a Title IX investigation at school, contact Spodek Law Group today. We can provide you with a skilled and experienced New York Title IX and student rights attorney to ensure that your student’s school doesn’t trample on their rights.
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