Title IX Hearings

The Title IX statute was created with a clear and honorable purpose — to make education and educational programs equally accessible to male and female students. Unfortunately, though, Title IX enforcement is sometimes excessive. Students who make a simple mistake — like publicly fighting with a boyfriend or girlfriend — can face criminal charges or be expelled based on Title IX rules.

That’s where I come in. When you find yourself faced with a Title IX hearing at your university, I am here to explain your rights, prepare you for your hearing, and coach you through the steps that come before and after the hearing. Many times, one of the penalties considered will be expulsion from your institution. Expulsion is serious – do not walk in unprepared.

“Dating Violence” and Title IX

Many of the students I work with on Title IX cases are surprised that their actions got them in trouble in the first place. For instance, let’s say you’re 20 years old and at a college party. You walk into a room and see your boyfriend or girlfriend kissing someone else. A fight ensues, and your significant other (or, more likely, your new ex) gets hit in the crossfire. Next thing you know, your presence is being requested at a Title IX hearing.

Why did this happen? Because your actions are considered “dating violence” — which, in my experience, is one of the most common causes of Title IX hearings at Texas universities. In other words, your boyfriend or girlfriend is considered a victim of sex-based discrimination in this and countless similar scenarios.

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Consequences of Title IX Accusations

Your Title IX hearing gives you a chance to clarify misunderstandings, explain what really happened, and ultimately fight to clear your name. If you come unprepared, or if for any reason your story is not believed, you could face a number of consequences. Depending on the circumstances that led up to your hearing, those consequences could include one or more of the following:

  • Expulsion from the university
  • Suspension from the university
  • Criminal charges, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, stalking, trespassing, assault, battery, and/or others
  • Heavy fines
  • Jail time

Please be aware that even if you do not receive criminal charges, you can still be expelled from the university because Texas schools take these accusations very seriously. To ensure you’re well-prepared to defend yourself properly, it is best not to take any chances. Work with an experienced Title IX attorney before attending your hearing.

Getting Ready for Your Title IX Hearing

One of the most important things you need to know before a Title IX hearing is that you will be representing yourself. An attorney can prepare you for what’s to come, coach you on how to present yourself, and even write notes to help you during the hearing — but they cannot speak for you. That’s why it’s crucial that you contact an attorney immediately. After all, the sooner you reach out for help, the more prepared you’ll be to defend yourself.

A Lubbock Title IX Attorney You Can Rely On

I have the deepest respect for the Title IX vision, but I also believe that a single mistake or misunderstanding should not threaten a student’s entire future. Most of the students I work with live in or near Lubbock, Texas, but no matter where you are in the Lone Star state, I implore you to reach out today if you need help preparing for a Title IX hearing.