Protecting the Rights of the Accused
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In today’s society, there seems to be a heavy prejudice against the accused from the moment they are implicated in a crime. This is no more prevalent than in sex crime cases that originate on college campuses. All universities and colleges have sections in their Student Code of Conduct Handbooks that cover sexual violations.
That leaves administrations more or less free to judge and penalize a student based on nothing more than allegations. The accused student has no way of knowing how to defend themselves or what potential ramifications even the slightest misstep could have on the rest of their lives. However, the Title IX statute does provide the accused protections against an overzealous school.
What Does Title IX Protect?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) bans sexual discrimination in education programs across the U.S. This powerful law is key to helping students across the country get fair treatment by universities, colleges and other educational institutions.
What Does Title IX Have to Do With Campus Sexual Assault?
After accusing, or being accused of a sex crime in college, the students involved have to deal with not only the criminal justice system but their school’s internal disciplinary system. These student disciplinary proceedings can have the power to completely alter the educational futures of the students involved. In addition to this power, these disciplinary committees can be slanted against the accused, who are often the males involved in these incidents. This sets up a guilty until proven innocent dynamic in campus disciplinary hearings. In these situations, the accused often needs a Title IX attorney in order to get a fair hearing.
How Can an Akron Title IX Attorney Help Protect Your Rights?
At Christopher G. Thomarios, Esq. LLC, I full-heartedly believe in the unwavering importance of due process and fair treatment under the law. College rape and other sexually based accusations far too often conclude near-immediately and not in the favor of the accused. Upon inspecting the case, it is found that many errors occurred during the investigation process that unfairly tipped the scale well out of balance to benefit the accuser.
In many rape cases originating on university campuses, the follow errors or oversights occur:
- Statement is only taken from the accuser, not also the accused.
- Allegations by the accused against the accuser are not investigated.
- The hearing procedures are not followed per the University’s own guidelines.
- DNA evidence is not collected properly, or at all.
- Accuser’s own background is never questioned – do they gain from fabricating a crime?
- Disciplinary hearings are conducted before student can speak to counsel.
- Statements are taken from the students without them realizing that what they say could be used against them in criminal proceedings.
If you have been accused of a sex crime on a college campus in Ohio, or anywhere in the United States, contact my office for a free case evaluation. I may be able to come to your side and provide legal guidance and representation during hearings.
Examples of colleges in the area include:
- The University of Akron
- Cleveland State University
- Case Western Reserve University
- Oberlin College
- Ohio State University
- Ohio University
Begin your defense by contacting my firm in Akron today.
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