The 2011 revision came about after women’s advocacy groups pushed for allegations of rape and assault to be taken more seriously by school administrations. And while their intentions may have been good, in practice, the change has not always been so positive. Under these new guidelines, schools began to fear the fines and harsh punishments they would face if they failed to convict the accused. Thus, many male students began to be wrongfully convicted with little to no evidence.
The Policy Today
Though Title IX was recently reformed to eliminate the preponderance of the evidence standard, many universities may still be conditioned to follow the same erroneous process. Furthermore, when it’s his word against hers, schools tend to side with their female students. That is, however, unless you hire an experienced Title IX defense attorney.
Why You Need an Attorney
Though it’s wise to secure legal representation for any matter of criminal defense, it is especially necessary for Title IX disciplinary hearings. The odds in such hearings are stacked against you in a way that is not typical in a common court of law. You cannot combat this on your own, but I am here to be your advocate. Furthermore, under the new 2017 reform, justice is more accessible than it has been in years, and I’d love to help you move on from this traumatic experience under the new guidelines. Contact my office today to schedule your free case evaluation and learn more about the process.