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.