Protection Against Title IX Charges
Guiding Our Clients Through the Process
Since 1972, all students and employees at federally funded educational institutions have been protected from discrimination or exclusion based on sex. The law protecting them – called Title IX – is a federal civil rights law enacted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
At Parisi, Coan & Saccocio, PLLC, we offer Title IX defense and advisory services to ensure that anyone facing allegations of a Title IX violation is granted the due process to which they are entitled. We work to make sure our clients’ rights are not violated at any point in the disciplinary or criminal investigation process.
Our firm routinely handles cases involving:
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Misconduct
- Sexual Harassment
- Dating/Domestic Violence
To learn more about what we can do for you in your Title IX case. Call now for emergency assistance at (737) 200-2332.
What Is Title IX?
Title IX was passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. Its goal is to protect people from sex-based discrimination within educational institutions or programs that receive federal funding.
Under Title IX: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Any educational institution that wishes to continue receiving federal funding is required to abide by Title IX. As such, the law applies to universities, colleges, local school districts, charter schools, libraries, museums, and even vocational rehabilitation agencies.
The History of Title IX
Before Title IX, there was no way to hold institutions accountable for systemic inequality. Men far outnumbered women in universities and athletic programs.
Enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Richard Nixon, Title IX leveled the playing field for men and women in terms of educational opportunities. Individuals who felt they were being discriminated against based on their gender now had a way to pursue justice.
Over the years, Title IX has been reviewed and challenged multiple times. There have been various efforts to reduce the scope of Title IX. For example, in 1974 a senator proposed that revenue-producing sports programs should be exempt from Title IX. This proposed amendment was rejected.
Since the inception of Title IX, The Department of Education has issued multiple policy guidelines to clarify the law and ensure compliance from institutions. At Parisi, Coan & Saccocio, PLLC, we stay abreast of these guidelines and any laws, policies, or trends that may affect a Title IX claim.
How Title IX Is Enforced
Title IX claims are investigated and addressed by the Office for Civil Rights. In addition to addressing claims as they arise, the OCR also conducts compliance reviews to root out potential system violations in educational institutions. The OCR is dedicated to ensuring Title IX compliance and takes allegations seriously.