Background - Practices (Details)

Sexual Misconduct Compliance and Investigations

The increased focus of federal regulatory authorities on sexual harassment, sexual violence and other forms of sexual misconduct on campus has required educational institutions to revise their policies and procedures for handling such complaints and to be proactive in creating safe and hostile-free campus environments. Building on a deep bench of education, civil rights and regulatory lawyers, our interdisciplinary team draws on a broad range of experience within the firm to assist educational institutions in navigating the regulatory, investigative, and litigation hurdles presented in this high-stakes environment. We work closely with schools to help them develop an approach to Title IX compliance that both reflects their unique campus culture and is consistent with US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights' latest guidance. Our work in this area has included conducting investigations of alleged abuse or misconduct, resolving claims brought against the educational institution, drafting and revising Title IX policies and procedures for adjudicating complaints, and benchmarking provisions among various peer institutions for resolving sexual misconduct complaints.

Representative Engagements

  • Defended numerous universities against Title IX and associated state law claims arising out of sexual misconduct proceedings on campus.
  • Advised universities on Title IX compliance issues with respect to their policies and procedures.
  • Investigated and advised independent school regarding reports of faculty misconduct with students over a lengthy period of time.
  • Investigated and advised independent school in connection with peer harassment and sexual assault allegations.
  • Investigated abuse allegations in Division I athletic program.