Title IX Services in California
Moore Law for Children provides Title IX defense for students throughout California. Title IX is associated with allegations of sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence and gender discrimination at any school which receives federal funding.
- School Districts
- Elementary and Secondary Schools
Title IX Respondents Need an Experienced Advocate and Defense
Title IX respondents are entitled to an attorney to guide them through the case and the disciplinary process. Title IX requires prompt attention and action, usually resulting in the completion of investigation and ultimately a resolution within 60 days.
This is why it is so important to immediately contact Moore Law for Children or call (949) 336-7711 to speak with an attorney personally to learn more about the Title IX process and the risks you face. Title IX findings will follow you throughout your academic career and into professional life. It is important to mount a vigorous defense to achieve a better outcome than any student could accomplish on their own.
Title IX respondents face serious consequences including suspension or expulsion as well as permanent notifications in their academic and disciplinary transcripts. We provide sound advice and counsel throughout the entire process and work with the respondent to obtain a reasonable outcome in your case.
Title IX is a federal law which protects the civil rights of students, staff and faculty in federally funded educational institutions. The majority of elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities in the State of California receive funding or other financial assistance from the federal government. The acceptance of federal funding requires the educational institution, school or district to comply with Title IX.
Title IX is primarily concerned with gender-based discrimination issues. This includes all forms of sexual misconduct, harassment or bias.
Title IX requires federally funded institutions and districts to have a policy which requires “affirmative consent.” This is usually established as the standard for “a conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.”
Any form of sexual violence, harassment or bias is considered to be a violation of Title IX. Sexual violence usually involves any coerced or forced sexual contact or when an individual is unable to provide consent (such as the use of drugs or alcohol or a physical or intellectual disability).
Sexual harassment usually extends to all forms of physical, verbal or online activity which is unwelcome to the alleged victim.
There are obviously many situations in life which blur the boundaries between affirmative consent and a Title IX violation. There are also more overt acts which clearly violate Title IX. These include:
- Date Rape Drugs or Other Influences
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Battery
- Sexual Harassment
- Indecent Exposure
- Lewd Conduct
- Sex Without Affirmative Consent
- Dating Violence
- Offensive Touching
- Gender-Based Bullying
- Gender Discrimination
- Unwelcome or Aggressive Sexual Advances
- Sexual Innuendo, Derogatory Remarks, Jokes or Catcalls
The impact of a Title IX violation upon a student’s academic and professional future cannot be overstated. A negative finding in a student’s case will result in “sanctions” which are much more difficult to reverse in any review or appeal. An adverse finding in your Title IX case will result in serious consequences which can include, but are not limited to:
- Inclusion of a Title IX Finding and Associated Sanctions in the Student’s Disciplinary Record
- Inclusion of a Title Finding and Associated Sanctions on the Student’s Academic Record
The best strategy is a vigorous defense for your student throughout the process in order to seek a much more favorable outcome as well as the elimination or substantial reduction of any consequences.
The US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (DOE-OCR) has established “recommendations” which provide a very small window of time to prepare and mount a defense. Title IX offenses and violations are usually investigated and resolved within 60 days. This is why it is so important to immediately contact Moore Law for Children or call (949) 336-7711 to speak with an attorney about the challenges you face and the services we can provide to protect those accused of a Title IX offense or Violation.
One of the few rights afforded to the respondent in most Title IX cases is the right to an attorney. Meldie Moore has proven experience in Title IX defense cases and has achieved positive results in many cases for students accused of Title IX violations.
We work with students and Title IX respondents to provide sound advice and counsel in every step of the process with one goal – substantially reduce or eliminate the student’s exposure to sanctions. Our clients and their families value the outcomes we achieve and peace of mind knowing there is a tenacious and experienced advocate who is hard at work on their behalf.
The student who is accused of a Title IX violation is legally known as a “respondent.” A respondent (student) who is charged with a Title IX violation is not provided the same rights as those afforded to people who face criminal or civil charges in a Court of Law. The basic rights available to a Title IX respondent are quite minimal when they face a school or campus based disciplinary process. The standard of proof is the low preponderance of the evidence standard, so the stakes are stacked against the accused. It is critical a student not be left to defend themselves alone. Sound legal advice from an experienced Title IX attorney is imperative to protect your rights, education and future.