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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 was introduced to Attorney Duffy by my criminal defense attorney because I was fighting both a criminal charge and a conduct code violations charge. Felice's office responded right away and she and I met by Zoom video. She and her team were respectful, professional and super knowledgeable. They made everything clear and easily understandable. They knew exactly what questions to ask the school officials to get them to focus on the facts that supported my case. I was incredibly well prepared. I knew what I was going to say before I went in to my interviews and how to react to the many questions that would have tripped me up. I got probation, which was definitely the best possible outcome and I couldn’t have gotten that without Attorney Duffy’s help.
“When your kid is accused of a serious conduct code violation at his college, you quickly learn that there’s a whole different set of rules in place than in the real world. There are no legal standards, no assurances of a “fair trial.” You're presumed guilty and you have to backtrack and prove why you’re NOT guilty. We pretty quickly realized that we needed strong legal representation and guidance. Our son was completely falsely accused and we were ready to dig in to clear his name.
Felice's truly unique background and deep experience with navigating the school’s process was amazing. She made it clear that our son was the client, not us (his parents). She worked with him extensively and earned his total trust. He felt empowered that he had the right person in his corner to defend him. Felice gave our whole family a sense a calm and confidence.
Thanks to incredibly hard work by Felice and her team, our son was found “not responsible” (meaning innocent of any wrongdoing). The outcome was everything we could have hoped for.
I have already recommended Felice to a friend who’s son was caught up in a serious, very complicated conduct code charge, and I will continue to recommend her to any student or parent without reservation.”
Parent of a private college senior
“I selected the firm after doing extensive research trying to locate an attorney that specializes in sexual assault cases on university campuses. Late one night I emailed her for a consult just to see what she had to say. By 6:30am the next morning she had already emailed me back leaving her information for me to call her. I was impressed by her promptness and early morning response. Our criminal attorney informed our family that this simply wasn’t his specialty and strongly recommended we hire someone who really understood how university disciplinary systems work.
In our culture, we are not often trusting and it took a huge step of faith to consider someone we didn’t know (much less one from out of state) to defend our son.
Based on her collegiate athletic background I felt that she would have a better understanding of our case as our son is a D1 athlete. Based on that and her professional accomplishments I felt like she was driven and determined and she clearly had the ability to understand the laws associated with Title IX.
Bottom line is that our son was found 100% not responsible (meaning not guilty) of the extremely serious charges that were brought against him by a female student.
Felice Duffy and her team were professional, focused, responsive and did a great job throughout the entire stressful ordeal. When we think about how badly and unfairly our son might have been treated by the school, we truly count our blessings that we found Ms. Duffy.”
Parent of a College Sophomore, OhioSee 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
- Bowling Green State University
- Charter Oak State College
- Colgate University
- College of the Holy Cross
- Columbia University
- Connecticut College
- Dartmouth College
- Fairfield University
- Flagler College
- Florida State University
- Guilford College
- Howard University
- Illinois Institute of Technology
- Indiana University
- Lesley 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 Mass. Med. School
- University of Miami
- University of Missouri
- University of Northern Colorado
- University of Texas
- University of Virginia
- University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
- Utah University School of Medicine
- Vassar College
- Virginia Wesleyan University
- Washington University, St. Louis
- Wesleyan University
- Westfield State University
- Western Washington University
- Wheaton 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.