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Cleveland-area universities, high schools, and other educational institutions that receive federal funding are required by law to provide discrimination-free environments for their staff, faculty, and students. If you are a student or a school staff member who has been accused of violating campus rules related to sex-based discrimination, a Cleveland Title IX lawyer can lend critical support to ensure you receive a fair process and review of your situation. Your academic future is at stake and you cannot afford to let bias or improper investigations affect the outcome of your case, so let a qualified attorney advise you on what to do next.
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What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits any educational intuition that receives federal funding from discrimination based on sex. While Title IX itself is a concise statute, the Supreme Court has rendered numerous decisions expanding its scope. Title IX applies to discrimination based on a person’s sex in any aspect of education, including student health services, student employment, and financial aid offerings.

Title IX applies to the following types of institutions:

  • High schools, middle schools, and elementary schools
  • Public and private colleges
  • Vocational and trade schools

If you attend any of these institutions, hire a local Title IX attorney to protect you during a Title IX proceeding. In particular, we help students with disabilities – such as those on the autism spectrum – in Title IX investigatory matters who might otherwise have difficulty receiving due process.

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Unique Components of Title IX Investigations

Title IX proceedings are unique and it is imperative to understand your rights when preparing a defense. These investigations are not criminal cases – they are administrative proceedings handled by the respective institutions. Matters are decided based on a lower standard of proof, such as the preponderance of the evidence, which makes it harder to defend against a finding of policy violation. While Title IX provides the complainant with the right to file a complaint and be heard, the respondent must also be provided the right to present any witnesses and mitigating evidence, and have the right to cross-examine their accuser. A Cleveland Title IX advisor can help ensure that these rights are upheld.

Students who are accused under Title IX may face disciplinary action that will have profound negative effects on their future, including suspension, expulsion, loss of economic aid or athletic standing, or even a referral to law enforcement to open a criminal investigation if it is serious enough.

Contact Our Office to Speak with a Cleveland Title IX Attorney

Students, teachers, and faculty members who have been accused under Title IX deserve a fair hearing that is free from bias. If there has been a complaint made against you, make sure you know your rights so that you are not taken advantage of. Our experienced team at KJK is committed to providing the tools and advocacy you need to feel protected while we handle your case. Contact one of our Cleveland Title IX lawyers today to discuss how we can preserve your rights and reputation.

Important to Know:

COVID-19: Cheating & Plagiarism

Allegations of cheating and plagiarism are skyrocketing due to virtual learning environments imposed by COVID-19. If you’ve been accused of academic misconduct during this time, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Enough cannot be said for how helpful KJK was ...

for me during my allegation process. Susan and Kristina were extremely knowledgeable and passionate toward my specific case. They consistently had steps of action to take in my defense and were extremely flexible when working with me. They helped prepare me, both mentally and emotionally, prior to my hearing. Thanks to their hard work, I now have my future back.”

– Successfully defended a pre-med undergraduate student for alleged cheating on a physics lab report and showed that the professor had made a critical error in basic mathematics

Susan and Kristina are great lawyers.

They helped me resolve an extremely difficult academic dishonesty accusation case against me at the university level. They had helpful ideas and were persistent in making sure my defense was the best it could be. They were creative in their way of utilizing outside resources that helped achieve a positive outcome. Good, prompt responses to my questions. I highly recommend them!