We have successfully defended students accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment in school investigations and disciplinary proceedings.
If you are a student, faculty, or staff, and you have been accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment or otherwise violating the school’s student handbook or other policies, you need to contact an attorney immediately. The accused in this scenario often think if they just tell their side of the story, everything will get cleared up. That is incredibly risky. The process is not that simple.
The U.S. Department of Education’s policies require schools to provide an environment free from sexual violence and sexual harassment – that means, in part, that if the school receives a report of alleged sexual misconduct, the school must investigate it immediately, take immediate action to eliminate the conduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. Schools are highly motivated to comply with this directive, as a school’s failure to do so places its federal funding at risk.
If you’ve been accused, your ability to marshal evidence of the facts related to the alleged conduct is of paramount importance. You need an attorney with investigative skills to assist you in compiling the evidence – text messages, emails, any other electronic communications, witness statements, and above all your testimony – and assist and advise you in conveying truthful and accurate information to the investigators and administrators.
Our experience can help guide you through this process, which can greatly affect the trajectory of your education and your career.