Defending Students in Tompkins County, Informed by Over a Decade of Trial Experience
If you are facing a Title IX accusation, the next few months will not be easy. However, Attorney Charles Kee can step in and make the process as stress-free and efficient as possible. He has over a decade of experience defending clients accused of crimes, and he has handled some of the most complex cases, from homicide defense to investigatory work. He can protect your rights as a student defendant and ensure the Title IX investigation and hearing are conducted appropriately. His experience in the trial division of the Manhattan DA has provided him with the intense training to strategize an effective legal plan for you.
Schedule an initial consultation online or at (607) 800-5356 to get started on your case today.
Title IX of the Education Amendments (1972) is a federal law that aims to prohibit discrimination based on sex in federal education programs and activities. The language of the law reads:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Title IX has expanded in recent years to investigate sexual misconduct on campuses, such as sexual assault and sexual violence. This is because sexual misconduct is considered a form of Title IX discrimination that prevents the affected student from properly participating in their educational program.
Some examples of Title IX cases include:
- sexual assault and harassment;
- inequitable treatment or funding of athletic programs;
- pregnancy discrimination;
- employment discrimination;
- disparate disciplinary policies based on gender.
A key component of a Title IX case is the investigation, which may involve campus staff members talking separately to students involved in the incident, asking them to prepare a written statement, and asking for any information or evidence some students may have (e.g., text messages, social media posts). Note that sexual harassment Title IX cases require that the Department of Education’s Title IX team conduct a separate investigation in addition to the school’s investigation.
What Can the Accused Expect?
With Title IX sexual harassment cases, schools are required to engage in extensive investigations by interviewing suspects, collecting witness statements, gathering concrete evidence, and providing the accused with a fair hearing. The hearing will determine the consequences for the accused, which could be any of the following:
- suspension or expulsion from university;
- criminal charges that require sex offender registration;
- denial for admission to another university.
Title IX proceedings can be complex and confusing to navigate, especially when you are still studying in classes and facing social stigma from classmates. It can be hard to get your head clear, so it is best to work with an experienced Title IX attorney. The Law Office of Charles H. Kee can protect your rights of due process and navigate the campus disciplinary investigation and hearing procedures that may even last for over a year.
Defending Against Title IX Charges
You’re only a student. You might not know how severely the law handles your case and what may await you after the investigation. You have certain rights as a defendant, and a Title IX attorney can make sure those rights are protected throughout every step of the Title IX case. For instance, you are entitled to a fair and impartial Title IX investigation, and Attorney Charles Kee can initiate complaints if the investigation has been mishandled or a hearing engaged inappropriately.
If you have been accused of sexual harassment or any other Title IX case, contact The Law Office of Charles H. Kee immediately. It is critical to have an experienced Title IX lawyer on your side before any important actions are taken against you. As a student, you may not know your rights as a defendant and how to combat unfair charges against you; this is where Charles steps in. He will guide you through every step of the Title IX investigation and hearing and do his best to protect your rights and your future.
Call (607) 800-5356 or contact The Law Office of Charles H. Kee online to learn more.
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