Title IX Defense at Dethlefs Pykosh & Murphy

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Title IX Defense Lawyers in Camp Hill, PA

Being accused of sexual harassment or sexual assault by a student in an academic setting can be overwhelming and embarrassing, especially when faced alone. Being found to have violated Title IX offense could result in sanctions ranging from a written reprimand to expulsion from an academic institution. The consequences of being found to have violated the provisions of Title IX could be catastrophic to one’s career.


It may prevent your ability to enter:


  1. Graduate school
  2. Law school
  3. Law enforcement career
  4. Occupations requiring security clearances

Why Hire Dethlefs Pykosh & Murphy?

Our team of attorneys have experience in defending students and professors accused of Title IX offenses. We have defended individuals in Title IX matters in a number of institutions of higher learning.


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Experienced Title IX Defense Attorneys

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Title IX Defense- Harrisburg, PA

What Is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal statute. Among other things, Title IX attempts to protect the rights of an individual from being discriminated based on their sex from participating in education or other campus activities. One of the purposes of Title IX is to insure equal access to education.

What Are Examples of a Title IX Offense?

  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual assault
  • A claim that a sexual encounter occurred without consent of the other party

Title IX Process

Each institution of higher education employs a Title IX officer. Many also have Title IX investigators. When an individual makes a claim of being sexually assaulted or harassed, a complaint will be filed against the alleged perpetrator.

The college/university will conduct an investigation, including interviewing all parties involved and potential witnesses. The results of which are memorialized in an investigative report. Ultimately, many of these matters proceed to a hearing.

Title IX hearings are brought before a board comprised of individuals affiliated with the college/university. Board members may include professors, administrators, and students. After a hearing, this board will determine if an offense has occurred. If there is a finding that an offense occurred, this same board will determine the sanction. Sanctions could range from a reprimand, probation, suspension, or expulsion from the college/university.

You Have Rights

  • You have a right to defend yourself.
  • You have the right to be heard.
  • You have the right to know the evidence upon which a claim against you is based.
  • You have the right to cross examine your accuser and witnesses.

Frequently Asked Questions About Title IX Defense

Dethlefs Pykosh & Murphy have collected commonly asked questions from Title IX Defense clients to share with you. This effort below is to help you gain a better understanding of what you may need to know before making a decision to seek legal guidance. As always, we are here to serve you. Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact us for your free, no obligation consultation meeting.

Is there a jurisdictional limit to Title IX cases?

Yes, in general term, Title IX comes into effect when an offense occurs on campus, at a fraternity or sorority recognized by the college/university or at certain university sponsored off campus events.

Is someone able to retain an attorney to represent them in a Title IX proceeding?

Yes, one can retain an attorney to represent them during the entire Title IX process. In fact, because of certain deadlines, it is important to retain an attorney as soon as possible.

What is considered an IX Violation?

When any of the following are being held agaist the individual based on their sex:

  • limited education
  • limited access to activities
  • unwanted sexual passes

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