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TITLE IX SEXUAL ASSAULT

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Title IX Sexual Assault Attorneys

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Case Results

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 college

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Client Testimonials

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.

College Junior

“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, Ohio

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Colleges We Serve

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
  • Sacred Heart University
  • South Carolina State University
  • St. John's University
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Syracuse University
  • 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
  • Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Washington University at St. Louis
  • Wesleyan University
  • Westfield State University
  • Wheaton College
  • Yale University

Standing up for victims of unlawful sexual assault or harassment under Title IX nationwide

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits unlawful sexual harassment against students or employees in educational institutions or programs that receive federal funding. In 2011, the Department of Education clarified that the prohibition on sexual harassment also extends to sexual violence and assault. Overall, you have the legal right to an educational environment from sexual assault and harassment.

If you have been the victim of sexual assault or harassment you should schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation with the highly experienced Title IX and Conduct Code lawyers at Duffy Law by calling 203-946-2000 today.

What constitutes sexual violence?

Sexual violence can take the form of many acts; including attempted or completed rape, sexual assault, sexual coercion, and sexual battery. These acts take place under the following circumstances:

  • The act occurs against the victim’s will
  • The victim is unable to give consent due to use of alcohol or drugs
  • The victim is unable to give consent due to a physical, mental, or intellectual disability

In addition to sexual violence, unlawful sexual harassment includes stalking, verbal or physical threats based on sexuality, exhibitionism, voyeurism, and intimate partner violence.

Requirements for schools if sexual assault occurs

The Clery Act requires educational institutions to keep track of and report crime statistics to students and employees, including sexual assault and related offenses. In addition, if a school learns of any sexual harassment or violence, Title IX requires the institution to take certain action to protect you and other students from such unlawful acts in the future. The school must enact necessary measures to eliminate the behavior, to remedy the harm caused to students, and to prevent future recurrence of the harm.

If you do suffer harm due to sexual assault or harassment, the school is required to take immediate steps to ensure that you can safely continue your education free from future harm. Such steps may include:

  • Directives for no contact between you and the offending party
  • Any necessary changes to your housing or employment arrangements, class schedules, clubs, or extracurricular activities
  • Take measures to ensure you are free from any retaliatory behavior for reporting the harm
  • Inform you of confidential support services available to you
  • Providing academic support or exceptions if your coursework was jeopardized due to the harm
  • Changes regarding the accused if appropriate

Schools are expected to provide the above for you before, during, and after a hearing. A school further must allow you the a right to a formal hearing and institutions are discouraged from allowing the accused to question you directly. Moreover, mediation is not permitted in sexual assault cases.

Legal rights of student victims

If your school fails to comply with the above requirements or takes retaliatory action against you for reporting the sexual assault, you have legal rights and options. You may file a complaint with the Department of Education to initiate an investigation into the practices and policies of your institution. You may also discuss your case with an experienced attorney who can file a legal claim against your school to obtain the remedies you deserve.

Discuss your situation with a compassionate Title IX sexual assault lawyer today

If you have been the victim of unlawful sexual assault or harassment in an educational program, you may be fearful of retaliation and may not know where to turn. Fortunately, you have rights under the law and a Title IX attorney can inform you of your options and guide you through the legal process.  The highly experienced Title IX and Conduct Code lawyers at Duffy Law are passionate about student rights against sexual assault and harassment and will skillfully assist in any action you bring.  Call us today for a confidential consultation at 203-946-2000.


Client Testimonial

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Review: 5/5
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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 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, Ohio

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