Students who have been accused of sexual harassment or assault on campus will need a Title IX lawyer Urbana Champaign, they can rely on. Allen Harris’ attorneys are experienced in fighting for student rights during Title IX school investigations. They are ready and willing to put their skills to use for you.
Our attorneys are dedicated to providing comprehensive support for both accused students and accusers. We will carefully examine your case to determine how best to proceed, while protecting your rights at every step. We are also up-to-date with any new developments that could impact your case in Title IX laws or policies, so you can feel confident that we’re using the best strategies.
When schools investigate allegations of sexual misconduct, strict procedures must be followed to ensure that all parties involved are treated fairly. Unfortunately, schools often fail to meet these obligations. As a result, students often find themselves at risk of severe penalties despite being found not guilty of any wrongdoing. If you have been accused of committing sexual misconduct as a student, contact a lawyer-advisor to discuss the options available for you.
In addition to protecting your legal rights, we will be a trusted communication middleman between you and the investigator, so that you do not incriminate yourself through unintentional statements. We will also defend your rights during any hearings. We will challenge the actions of the investigator by arguing their bias or other violations of due process. We have successfully represented many students in Title IX procedures, including those that were found not to be responsible for any wrongdoing.
Title IX defence begins with a review of the university’s investigation and disciplinary process, which could be flawed from the outset. Our attorneys record objections to establish a history that can help expose biases or procedural flaws on appeal. We have helped many students win back their expulsions, and we have won settlements which resulted in reduced sanctions like denial or suspension of housing or academic credits.
We have also successfully litigated Title IX claims against schools. When the institution failed in its duty to protect the students’ rights, we brought the matter before federal court. These cases have highlighted the importance of providing a fair, neutral process to both complainants and accused student. We will take your case to trial if that is what it takes to protect your rights.
Administrators may take interim measures during the disciplinary process. For example, they can issue a no contact order, which prohibits the parties to communicate directly or within a certain distance of each other. This can have severe consequences for both parties, such as restrictions on membership in fraternities/sororities and participation in academic coursework. We will contest these actions, and work to have them lifted in the shortest time possible. We helped a student remove the no-contact order on his transcript after successfully challenging the retaliatory action taken by a university against him.