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Here are some representative results we’ve achieved for our clients.
Female complainant’s rights, health, and safety protected throughout lengthy proceedings
Our client was sexually assaulted by a male student acquaintance. We became involved to support our client in getting proper medical treatment, preserving and collecting evidence and witness testimony, and securing therapeutic support. We helped her understand and navigate the many complex options available to her, including a criminal complaint, an informal complaint process, a formal complaint process, or doing nothing. We guided her through the informal process and then the formal process, including interviews with various school and law enforcement officials, and worked closely with the school to put in place appropriate accommodations ensuring that all interviews and hearings did not retraumatize her. The male student was found responsible and was expelled.
Large private university
Witness to sexual violence protected from intimidation
We represented a female witness to a dating violence case on campus who was being pressured to speak with the police and the school investigators about a violent matter she had witnessed on her dorm floor. We immediately communicated on her behalf to the local police, school administrators, and the Title IX investigators to protect her right to choose to not testify and ensure her safety on campus. She was very relieved not to be pressured by the school, the title IX office or the police to attend the hearing and testify about fellow students.
Small private college
Investigation of sexual assault complaint concludes with no charges filed
Our client contacted us immediately upon receiving notice by his school that a claim of sexual assault was made against him by a female student. We assisted him in preparing his detailed answer to the complaint, and then prepared him and accompanied him to his interview with the campus safety police officers. We worked with the school Title IX administrators and helped our client find evidence to show inconsistencies with the complaint. The complainant withdrew her complaint when presented with these inconsistencies and then recanted. The investigation ended and our client was not charged with anything.
Midsized private collegeSee More Case Results
"I am writing to let any college student who gets accused of something serious by their school know that they need a lawyer like Felice Duffy to defend them. I was accused of something terrible by a student that I would never do and didn’t do. Even though I knew exactly what actually happened, I was very scared that my university might not find me innocent. It was terrifying to think that I might lose my full basketball scholarship or could have been suspended or expelled and that me and my family’s name could have gotten a horrible reputation. I can’t even put into words how I excited I was when I got the letter from the school that cleared me completely of the charges against me and I have Felice to thank for that 100%. Since I’m not in Connecticut, Felice and her investigator used video conferencing to interview me and my witnesses, talk with my parents, and get me fully prepared for every meeting I had with my school. They got all my texts and email that proved my innocence and organized them perfectly for the Dean and the discipline committee. Felice was always very direct and respectful even though the subject matter was very personal, and she was always ahead of the school in terms of getting me and them important information at every step. It was like having the best scouting report ever." Felice obviously knows her stuff but she also deeply cares. You can tell that she loves the work she’s doing to help college kids in really difficult situations.
College Sophomre, Colorado
“The claims leveled against me were terrible, but the wonderful news is that I was fully cleared of all the allegations because of the outstanding work Christine Brown and the team at Duffy Law did on my behalf. The first thing that really impressed me was that from the very first call Christine quickly understood what was going on and was able to read between the lines to understand the complicated dynamics of the situation. Despite my entire career being spent in academia, I didn't know much about Title IX procedures. Her expertise and knowledge of the process was immediately apparent and critically helpful in guiding me and giving me as much peace of mind as possible.. Christine knew how to spot the important subtext throughout the process and made sure I understood the strategic options I had at every stage going forward. I felt very confident in the decisions we made together. I felt vindicated by the decision and that this situation will have no further effects on my career. I am very grateful to Christine and Duffy Law for guiding me through this stressful process and recommend them without reservation to any faculty member facing a similarly challenging situation. ”
Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine at a midwest university
“I hired Felice Duffy in the middle of a Title IX sexual assault proceeding. While I had initially retained another attorney on a recommendation, it turns out they did not have much insight to the inner workings of university policy, which I learned is NOT required to follow the basic laws of due process. Felice was absolutely incredible, and as an athlete, she understood my thought process and feelings the entire way. This is what stood out the most to me. At the beginning of my school’s adjudication process, I was an absolute mess. Not only is Felice extremely knowledgeable in law and how school adjudication processes work, but she also really does care about her clients and their well-being. It was initially extremely tough for me to speak about what I was facing. Felice was able to assist me not only in compiling the proper evidence and responding to the school, but also put me in the right state of mind to defend myself and move on with my life after it was all completed. Prior to hiring Duffy Law, I was concerned that I would be relegated to working with a legal assistant or secretary being that my case was in a college setting as opposed to a state court. However, Felice always found a way to make time and was there every step of the way. I feel like an important part of hiring an attorney is being able to trust them to fight for you no matter what the scenario may be and you can rest assured you will be getting that with Duffy Law. I would recommend Felice Duffy of Duffy Law 10 times out of 10 to anyone that may be put in a tough situation like I was”
Female College Freshman, MassachusettsSee More Client Testimonials
Schools Where We've Handled Cases
Here are just some of the schools where we’ve represented students, faculty, coaches, and staff:
- Amherst College
- Arkansas State University
- Belmont Abbey College
- Bowling Green State University
- Charter Oak State College
- Colgate University
- College of the Holy Cross
- Columbia University
- Connecticut College
- Creighton Law School
- Dartmouth College
- Fairfield University
- Flagler College
- Florida State University
- Furman University
- Guilford College
- Howard University
- Illinois Institute of Technology
- Indiana University
- Lesley University
- Louisiana State University
- Marist College
- Marquette University
- Miami University
- Mississippi University
- Pennsylvania State University
- Plymouth State University
- Quinnipiac University
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Rice University
- Sacred Heart University
- South Carolina State University
- St. John's University
- St. Lawrence University
- Syracuse University
- Swarthmore College
- Tallahassee Comm. College
- Touro University
- Trinity College
- Tufts University
- University of Connecticut
- University of Kansas
- University of Lynchburg
- University of Maryland
- University of Mass. Med. School
- University of Miami
- University of Missouri
- University of Northern Colorado
- University of Texas
- University of Virginia
- University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
- University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
- Utah University School of Medicine
- Vassar College
- Virginia Wesleyan University
- Washington University, St. Louis
- Wesleyan University
- Westfield State University
- Western Washington University
- Wheaton College
- William Smith College
- Yale University
Standing up for the Rights of Sexual Misconduct Victims on College Campuses
Under the federal law known as Title IX , every student or employee at an educational institution that receives public funding has the right to be free from sex discrimination within the school and related activities. Sex discrimination can occur in many ways, from unequal treatment in athletics to adverse employment decisions to sexual misconduct, including harassment or assault. Any form of sex discrimination violates the rights of a student or staff member.
But what do you do if you believe a violation of your rights occurred? Title IX is a complex law, and it can be difficult to know what steps to take to protect your rights and find legal relief from sex discrimination. One step you can always take is to discuss what happened with a highly knowledgeable Title IX attorney who can evaluate your options in your specific situation. Please don’t wait to consult with one of our highly experienced Title IX lawyers at Duffy Law today.
Filing a Title IX Complaint
After a violation of your rights, you can report the conduct to the Title IX office or representatives at your school. The law requires schools to seriously investigate formal complaints of Title IX violations, or the school violates Title IX itself. Unfortunately, many colleges and universities mishandle Title IX complaints or even dismiss them altogether, and this is the time you should absolutely consult with a lawyer who can protect your rights.
The Department of Education has recently changed its Title IX guidance from heavily focusing on the well-being of victims of sexual misconduct to ensuring due process for accused individuals. However, this does not mean that victims of misconduct don’t deserve full relief under the law. The changes aim to make the process fair for all students. Victims of sexual harassment, assault, or other types of discrimination shouldn’t be afraid to come forward and report any violations. With the right attorney on your side, you can take the steps needed to protect your rights and feel safe at your college or university.
Even if your school does move forward with an investigation and disciplinary hearing, you should still have the counsel and guidance of our legal team. Investigations and hearings can be difficult, and in the meantime, you should have proper accommodations so you feel safe and have the opportunity to continue your education. Having a lawyer by your side throughout the disciplinary process can help to ease your mind and stress as much as possible.
When Schools Don’t Respond Appropriately to Title IX Complaints
When you file a complaint regarding sexual misconduct or other Title IX violations through the proper channels at your school, you should expect that your school will take the complaint seriously and respond by properly investigating the matter. Unfortunately, some students get the courage to come forward only to have school officials disregard their complaints. This can be heartbreaking or even frightening in cases of sexual assault, and victims may believe the matter is hopeless.
Know that there are additional avenues to seek relief, even if your own school refuses to help. Under proposed standards for 2018, schools have the duty to investigate formal complaints of which the officials have actual knowledge. If the school fails to meet this duty, you can take your Title IX complaint to the next level. Our highly experienced Title IX attorneys can assist you in preparing and filing a complaint against your school with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the division of the Department of Education that oversees Title IX compliance. There are many requirements to meet when filing an OCR complaint, including:
- The deadline for filing the complaint is 180 days from when the discrimination happened, such as your school failing to investigate a complaint
- The complaint must contain full and accurate information, including the date and location of the incident, your contact information, and a description of the discriminatory act including as much information as you can
It is important to file a thorough and persuasive complaint from the start, and our highly experienced Title IX lawyers can help you do so. If the OCR determines your school violated your Title IX rights, the school will need to rectify the situation by properly addressing the complaint. Federal funding may be at risk, and the school may even be legally liable for any harm caused.
Duffy Law Can Help
Many students and employees of colleges and universities are not completely aware of their Title IX rights or how to exercise them. If you believe someone violated your Title IX protections, our highly knowledgeable lawyers at Duffy Law can evaluate what happened and advise you of the next possible steps. We handle Title IX cases involving the following issues, among others:
- Sexual assault or harassment by another student, professor, coach, or school employee
- Inequity in athletics or clubs for men and women
- Sex discrimination in employment for school employees
- Retaliation for making a Title IX complaint
Our legal team passionately believes in Title IX protections, and we understand how to apply this complicated law to a variety of situations. We even published a guide online regarding Title IX and the college disciplinary process. Our goal is to achieve fairness throughout the Title IX process, ensuring each of our clients feels safe and has equal opportunities during their education or employment at an educational institution.
Consult With Our Highly Dedicated Title IX Attorneys as Soon as Possible
It can be challenging to know what to do after experiencing sex discrimination or sexual misconduct at your college or university. Know that the law protects you from such behavior, and Duffy Law is ready to protect the rights of students under the law. If you’re unsure whether a Title IX violation occurred or you do not know what to do next, please call us at 203-946-2000 or contact us online to schedule your case evaluation today.