Your Assertive Protection In Title IX Investigations
The federal government takes Title IX violations incredibly seriously, imposing strict penalties on any institution that fails to comply with the law. Whether you are a student who has suffered gender-based discrimination or an individual accused of a Title IX violation, the best way to protect your rights is to have counsel who understands the many complex nuances of Title IX and how they affect institutions and individuals.
You will find that counsel at The Law Offices of Steve Rossi, P.A. For more than 35 years, our founding attorney has represented students, school personnel and educational institutions in Title IX investigations and other education law issues. Based in Fort Lauderdale, our team provides aggressive advocacy for clients across all of Florida.
What Is Title IX?
Title IX is a central feature of the Education Amendments of 1972. This federal law aims to protect students from gender-based discrimination in educational programs and activities that receive financial assistance from the federal government. This law applies to students, educators, administrative staff and anyone else who works for or does business with an institution.
What Are Some Examples Of Title IX Violations?
Examples of Title IX violations include:
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual assault and rape
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Stalking or intimidation
- Sex-based discrimination on sports teams
- Sex-based discrimination in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs
Retaliating against someone who brings forth an accusation under Title IX is an additional violation.
What Happens In A Title IX Investigation?
The process of an investigation can seem mysterious and intimidating if you are not familiar with it. Broadly, the steps are as follows:
- The school’s Title IX office will notify each party of its investigation.
- A Title IX investigator will gather evidence.
- Either party in the complaint may request a hearing with the Title IX office.
- If the office determines that a violation occurred, it will determine the disciplinary measures.
If you are the complainant in a Title IX violation allegation, you need to remember that the school is not necessarily on your side. Schools claim that they want to help students, but they have their own best interests to protect. It is of utmost importance to your academic career to have a Fort Lauderdale education law attorney on your side.
What Are The Penalties For A Title IX Violation?
At the institutional level, a Title IX violation could lead to a warning, probation, suspension, expulsion, loss of financial aid or scholarships and even the loss of one’s degree for students. Faculty found guilty of Title IX violations could lose their jobs, lose tenure or be required to switch positions. If you’ve been accused of a Title IX violation in southeast Florida, a Fort Lauderdale education lawyer from our firm can help you.
Insider Knowledge Of How Prosecutions Work
You need a Title IX attorney who will guide you through the process and ensure the school does not ignore your rights. Steve Rossi is a former FBI agent and prosecutor for the state of Florida. He understands how prosecutions of all kinds work, including Title IX adjudications involving sexual harassment, assault and other forms of discrimination.
Get Help Today To Protect Your Future
For assertive counsel regarding all Title IX investigation issues, contact our Title IX lawyer, Steve Rossi. To schedule your initial consultation, please call our law office toll-free at 888-674-2051 or send us an email.