Charleston Title IX Attorneys
Discrimination based upon sex, sexual harassment, sexual assault, coaching abuse, bullying, and hazing have become all too common on school, college, and university campuses across the country. School violence and harassment affects students in public and private schools, both small and large. When school officials fail to take adequate action to address these serious issues on campus, it often exacerbates the problem and can result in a troubling pattern of violence and harassment against students.
Title IX and Sex Based Discrimination Litigation in South Carolina
Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against those practices. The purpose of Title IX is to provide meaningful protections to victims of on-campus gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. Under Title IX, schools have a legal duty to proactively prevent gender-based harassment, discrimination, assault, and violence. Such federally funded schools, colleges, and universities are obligated to comply with the requirements of Title IX with respect to recruitment, admissions, counseling, athletics, sex-based harassment, treatment of pregnant and parenting students, discipline, single-sex education, and employment. These protections apply to male, female, and gender-nonconforming students alike.
Title IX requires schools to provide policies and procedures for reporting and investigating illegal gender-based discrimination, harassment, and assault. Additionally, these programs and institutions are required to have policies and procedures in place to ensure prevention of retaliation against victims and complainants. These investigations, policies, and procedures can be complex and difficult to navigate without the assistance of an attorney with experience in Title IX claims. Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group represents victims and complainants through this process to ensure that their best interests are represented and protected throughout the proceedings.
In addition to Title IX investigations by the program or institution, victims of discrimination, harassment, and assault based on sex can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, which is tasked with Title IX enforcement. Title IX also creates a private right of action wherein victims can recover damages and attorney’s fees when the program or institution had notice of the violations and failed to take appropriate action. In other words, where the school had notice of similar gender-based discrimination, harassment, and assault and failed to take adequate action to address the conduct, a victim may be entitled to recover money damages.
Title IX can be a complex area of the law to navigate without the assistance of counsel. Victims of discrimination, harassment, or assault based on sex should consider consulting with an attorney with experience in this area of the law. A Title IX attorney can provide assistance in evaluating your claim, navigating the program or institution’s Title IX policies, filing a complaint with the institution, filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights and filing a civil lawsuit. If you have been a victim of discrimination in an educational program, Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group will fight for your rights to equal treatment.
South Carolina Campus Sexual Assault Attorneys
Sexual harassment, assault, sexual assault, date rape, forcible rape, and sexual violence are unacceptable, intolerable, and all too common on campuses across the country. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s current Campus Sexual Assault Fact Sheet presents some staggering statistics: 20-25% of women will be sexually assaulted during their time in college.
Often, victims feel ashamed and are reluctant to come forward and bring the matter to the attention of school officials and law enforcement. Again, the NSVRC’s Campus Sexual Assault Fact Sheet reports that 90% of sexual assaults on college campuses go unreported. Those victims that do have the courage to speak up are all too often marginalized, disregarded and even blamed for the assault.
Campus sexual assault is one of the most difficult events a young person will ever have to endure. Victims should know that there are support groups in every city and state to provide assistance. An experienced attorney can assist in reporting allegations to institutions and law enforcement, assist in facilitating investigations, assist in holding schools accountable for acting in accordance with their policies and procedures, and advising victims on potential civil remedies. If you have been a victim of sexual assault, Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group will fight for your rights to hold the assailant and the school accountable. Representation does not always result in a Title IX lawsuit, and we always work to achieve the most desirable outcome from our clients’ perspective.
Fraternity Hazing and School Bullying Attorneys in South Carolina
Greek life on American campuses dates back to the late 18th Century. Fraternities and sororities are ubiquitous on today’s college and university campuses. The benefits of such organizations are numerous. Unfortunately, the dark side of Greek life can result in serious injury or death.
Fraternity and sorority hazing comes in various forms. Subtle hazing in the form of performance of tasks, lineups, carrying items on your person at all times, and tests on meaningless information are common and usually don’t constitute actionable conduct. However, harassment hazing and violent hazing are highly concerning and can lead to serious consequences. Sleep deprivation, forced consumption of alcohol or drugs, forced exposure to extreme temperature and weather conditions, and forced participation in extreme physical activity can all result in serious injury or death.
News reports from across the country describing terrible injuries and deaths of young men and women as a result of hazing incidents are far to common. Schools and national Greek life organizations must be held accountable when they have been careless or reckless in failing to educate fraternity and sorority members on acceptable standards of conduct and keep their members in check. If you or a loved one have been a victim of fraternity or sorority hazing that has resulted in serious injury, emotional distress, or death, Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group will fight for your rights to hold the assailants, the school, and the national organization accountable for their negligent actions.
Consult with a School Violence and Harassment Attorney in Charleston
If you or a loved one has been victimized by discrimination based upon sex, sexual harassment, sexual assault, coaching abuse, bullying or hazing, you should speak with one of our attorneys about the legal options available to you. To speak with an attorney at Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group about the specifics of your claim directly, please call our offices today at (843) 720-0810.