Title IX Defense Attorney

Every college and university has a different code of student conduct and a mechanism for policing and adjudicating violations of the student code of conduct.

Campus sexual misconduct is a category of many different types of misconduct and is often referred to as “Title IX” offenses. Title IX is not an offense. It is a body of federal law enacted in the 1970’s to eliminate gender bias on college and university campuses. It applies to colleges and universities that accept federal money.

We have successfully defended students accused of campus wrongdoing, campus sexual assault, and Title IX at the following universities:

From the moment an accused student learns that he or she has been accused of campus misconduct, he or she is strongly advised to take these steps:

  • Say nothing about the matter to anyone
  • Tell your parents
  • Hire a qualified attorney to be the accused student’s advisor

Advisor – every student accused of sexual wrongdoing is allowed to have the assistance of an advisor.  Although, the advisor can be someone from a list of members of the campus community, it is in your best interest to hire an attorney to protect your rights.  If the accused student wants an attorney to advise him or her, he or she is responsible for locating, hiring, and paying for that attorney to advise.

Hiring an experienced attorney to defend any alleged wrongdoing and assist you with the important documentation is the singe most important part of success.  Our office will:

  • Prepare the student to give a statement
  • Investigate
  • Identify and assemble relevant evidence
  • Counsel the student with regard to rules and policies
  • Prepare and accompany the student for his or her interview(s)
  • Examine the evidence and create a defense
  • Prepare a written challenge to the evidence
  • Prepare and accompany the student at the hearing
  • Appeal if an appeal is necessary
  • Determine whether the student has a viable legal claim against the college or university or for its mishandling of the student conduct process

“As a mom, I was completely blindsided and distressed when our child was falsely accused. Atty. Grasso was there for us, 100%, from my first (panicked) call. Throughout the emotional rollercoaster that we endured, Atty. Grasso went above and beyond with his responses (answering my texts/emails within minutes) as well as his swift actions in the twists and turns of our case. I am a very meticulous person, and Atty. Grasso was always a few steps ahead of me in the process. He listened to me, was completely honest without sugarcoating (which I greatly appreciated), and never stopped fighting (literally) day and night. He also very patient, kind, and helped calm my anxiety and fears. His attention to every detail and relentless defense resulted in a dismissal of our case. I will never forget Atty. Grasso and what he did for our family.”

Recent Title IX Results

Two College Clients Were Exonerated of Alleged Wrongdoing on Campus

RESULT: Exonerated

This week, two college clients were exonerated of alleged wrongdoing on campus.  The first was falsely accused of almost 30 ...

Review Case Result

Another Title IX/Campus Misconduct Nightmare ends with Not Responsible

RESULT: Not Responsible

“Another local college kid accused of campus sexual assault weeks before graduation is found not responsible.  Four days prior to ...

Review Case Result

College Student Exonerated of Title IX Violations

RESULT: College Student Exonerated of Title IX Violations

“Six months ago, our college student client received an email from Title IX advising him that another student accused him ...

Review Case Result
Roger Williams University

Title IX: Roger Williams University

RESULT: Client found not responsible.

Title IX complaint alleged that a local university student sexually assaulted a fellow student when the two of them spent ...

Review Case Result
Bryant University

Title IX: Bryant University

RESULT: No charges filed.

Smithfield Police investigated Bryant College student on an allegation of first degree sexual assault. The student and his family retained ...

Review Case Result
Bryant University

Title IX: Bryant University

RESULT: International Student Reunited.

Bryant University freshman’s dormitory was raided by the State Police and he was arrested and charged with various felonies. Our ...

Review Case Result
Brown University

Title IX: Brown University

RESULT: Not Responsible After Trial.

Brown University freshman was accused by a fellow student of campus sexual assault. After traveling from abroad to seek Attorney ...

Review Case Result
Brown University

Title IX: Brown University

RESULT: No True Bill/No Charges Filed/Case Dismissed.

Brown University freshman was accused of campus sexual assault. The University removed him from campus without any hearing or other ...

Review Case Result
Brown University

Title IX: Roger Williams University

RESULT: Case Dismissed.

Bristol Police charged RWU student with possession of marijuana. The University began its own student misconduct investigation at the same ...

Review Case Result

Campus sexual misconduct includes these types of offenses:

  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual harassment
  • Gender-based harassment
  • Sexual violence
  • Relationship and interpersonal violence
  • Stalking
  • Retaliation
  • Non-consensual sexual touching

Typical College / University Title IX Process

When a student makes a complaint that alleges any of the sorts of violations that fit into the Title IX category, the college or university will almost always:

  1. 1. Take a written or verbal complaint from the “Complainant”
  2. 2. Notify the accused, often called the “Respondent”
  3. 3. Request a written or verbal response from the Respondent
  4. 4. Assign the matter to an investigator
    • Investigators can be
      • external – hired from outside of the college
      • internal – employed by the college
    • Investigate
      • Interview the Complainant and Respondent
      • Interview other witnesses
      • Collect evidence
        • Text messages
        • Social media
        • Video surveillance
      • Prepare an investigation Report
      • Share the Investigation Report with the Complainant and Respondent and allow each to share their concerns with the Investigation Report and propose corrections
      • Hearing
      • Report whether the Complainant proved by a fair preponderance of the evidence that the Respondent is responsible for the alleged violation(s)
      • Report Sanctions if the Respondent was found responsible
        • Suspension
        • Termination
      • Appeal