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Penalties for a Title IX Violation Can Vary

Title IX By Harvey Binnall PLLC - 2021/02/19 at 03:53pm

If you’ve been accused of Title IX sexual misconduct, then you may be feeling somewhat overwhelmed — and for good reason.  Title IX proceedings can be confusing, and the consequences can be serious and life-changing.  If you’re found guilty in a Title IX proceeding, the university may impose a slew of administrative penalties (and you could be impacted by a range of indirect issues) that put a burden on your future. Contact our Title IX attorney for immediate help so you can learn more about your legal options.

Let’s take a closer look.

Administrative Penalties

Title IX violations may lead to a number of different administrative penalties, including but not limited to:

  • Disciplinary probation
  • On-campus residential restrictions
  • Academic suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Counseling (to remain in school)
  • Formal warning and apology requirements
  • Loss of your academic degree

For example, if you are found guilty in a Title IX proceeding, the university may choose to withhold your degree.  This can have significant negative impacts — depending on the employment that you’ve secured after graduation, your employer may choose to revoke their job offer on the basis of the Title IX violation itself, or because you will not have received your degree.

Indirect Consequences

Title IX violations do not just have administrative consequences.  In many cases, a confirmed violation can have wide-ranging, knock-on effects for the life of the accused.

Indirect consequences of a Title IX violation (or even a proceeding, depending on if the matter is publicized — which it should not be, given that the details of a Title IX proceeding are meant to be private) include, but are not limited to:

  • Employment loss
  • Loss of tenure
  • Financial damages
  • Scholarship cancellation
  • Social impacts
  • And more

For example, if you are found guilty of sexual misconduct in a Title IX proceeding, then it’s likely that the social impacts will be severe.  You might lose many of your friends, and could be left socially isolated from a valuable support system.  Further, the loss of your scholarships (and the loss of a job) could leave you without the financial resources with which to continue your schooling.

Contact a Title IX Attorney Today

Harvey & Binnall, PLLC is a boutique litigation firm located in Alexandria, VA, and representing clients throughout the DC metro region.  We assist clients in a wide range of disputes, including those that center around Title IX sexual misconduct allegations.

Quite understandably, the Title IX sexual misconduct process can cause anxiety, fear, and frustration for the accused.  The penalties are not always purely administrative — a Title IX accusation can cause significant social and career impacts, potentially undermining the future of the accused.  For this reason, it’s absolutely critical that those who have been accused seek qualified legal assistance at an early stage.  A skilled attorney will help you navigate the Title IX process effectively, avoiding unnecessary disclosures and putting forth a clear and convincing case of innocence.

If you’d like to speak to an experienced Title IX attorney at Harvey & Binnall, we encourage you to call us at (703) 888-1943 or send us a message online to request a consultation at your earliest convenience.