The federal government orders all colleges and universities to independently address and investigate all sexual violence and sexual assault accusations involving students. According to Title IX, a federal civil rights law, colleges and universities must conduct disciplinary hearings on any and all sexual violence accusations. In addition, this law mandates that universities and colleges punish any students found who violate sexual consent policies.
If you have been accused of a sex crime at your college or university, it is urgent that you seek experienced legal counsel right away. Our team at The Hammer Law Firm, LLC is backed by ample experience and skills needed to protect your rights and future. We can provide representation for students attending the following schools:
- Washington University
- Saint Louis University
- University of Missouri
- Maryville University
- Webster University
Understanding Title IX
This federal civil rights law forbids discrimination on the basis of sex in any activity or educational program that is funded by the federal government. For this reason, any private school or public state school that receives federal funding must comply with this law If proof determines a college or university has failed to comply, that school will be stripped of all federal funds.
Title IX compels universities and colleges to create systems to investigate reports of sexual violence, interview alleged witnesses, interrogate alleged suspects, collect necessary evidence, and subject accused students to disciplinary hearings. The consequences of those hearings can carry severe life-altering changes for accused students, such as expulsion from school and the order to carry a “sex offender” label.
Unfortunately, some accused students, who do not comprehend how to safeguard their rights, end up suffering from permanent scars left on their records, all of which may have been evaded had they hired an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend their rights. For this reason, students accused of sexual violence or sexual assault should immediately contact legal representation right away.
If you, your son, or your daughter has been accused of sexual violence or sexual assault while attending a college, do not wait to retain the help you need. Call our St. Louis Title IX defense lawyers at The Hammer Law Firm, LLC now.