What are the Potential Outcomes of a Title IX Case?
The possible outcomes of a Title IX case vary significantly from school to school. However, generally speaking, if you’re found responsible for a Title IX violation, you could face a number of penalties. These include:
- Penalties on-campus (which may affect your ability to graduate on time)
- Housing limitations
- Physical banishment from campus
- Exclusion from certain classes, activities, or clubs
These potential penalties are to say nothing of the possible criminal charges and prison time that may accompany Title IX proceedings.
Many students who are accused of Title IX violations don’t understand how to exercise their rights during the disciplinary proceedings, and therefore end up with unjust permanent marks on their record. This is another reason why it is important to speak with an attorney who can help protect your rights and guide you through the process as soon as you receive notice of a Title IX investigation.
Can an Accused Student Appeal a Decision Reached by the School Through the Title 9 Process?
Technically yes, most schools will allow you to appeal a decision reached in a Title IX investigation. However, your right to appeal is limited by the student code of conduct, which varies by school. Generally, appeals are only granted if there is either some new evidence you uncover after a hearing or there were sanctions imposed that were disproportionate to the Code of Conduct violation, or if the school failed to follow its own procedure during the course of the investigation and hearing. An example of this would be failing to inform the accused student of their rights and how to exercise those rights or how the hearing process works.