Title IX Sanctions

Each school’s Title IX code will detail sanctions and informal procedures. While there can be informal sanctions, like a mediated sit down where both sides try to clear the air, or where a person simply takes a class or learns a lesson, this is not likely in a sexual misconduct case. The more likely result is long term suspension or expulsion with a permanent “Responsible for Sexual Misconduct” mark on your transcript.

In addition, it is likely that the accused will be summarily suspended immediately. This means that police show up to the dorm, give the student a few minutes to gather a few belongings, and then the police escort you off campus with an advisement that if you return to campus property, you will be arrested for trespass. This means that you cannot attend class or take exams. Your property left on campus must be retrieved by someone else. Do not go back on campus without written proof of permission.

While the school can only expel you, the case can go to the criminal courts. The sanctions in criminal court vary by state. In Colorado, sexual assault is a felony with the potential for lifetime imprisonment, but certainly lifetime probation, parole and sex offender registration. Any felony conviction terminates your gun rights, as well as other collateral consequences.

Whatever you thought your life would be, as soon as you are accused, it has changed drastically. The only way to get it back is to win this case. Let’s talk immediately about how to do that.


If you would like to schedule an initial consultation, contact a Colorado criminal defense attorney for issues regarding with your Title IX case. We represent clients in throughout the state of Colorado. The Savela Law Firm, P.C. Give us a call at (720) 260-7392 or complete our inquiry form.