How Title IX Protects Students from Sexual Abuse and Harassment at School | Andreozzi + Foote, P.C.
Free Consultation 877-214-3238

How Title IX Protects Students from Sexual Abuse and Harassment at School

By |2020-02-18T20:14:17+00:00February 12th, 2014|Injuries|0 Comments

Title IX cases often involve the question of who an “appropriate school official” is, and whether that official received actual notice of the alleged abuse. Sometimes this is obvious. If, for instance, a student or their parents tells a school principal directly about abuse or harassment, Title IX’s requirements will likely be met. But what about notice to teachers or guidance counselors? Generally, an “appropriate school official” is any employee with the power to address the alleged discrimination and to institute corrective measures. Which employees possess this authority depends on the school. Once an appropriate school official learns about abuse allegations, he or she must show “deliberate indifference” to be liable under Title IX. Whether an official’s behavior constitutes “deliberate indifference” depends on the circumstances. Generally, though, anytime a school official fails to investigate or prevent further abuse, a court will find the school was deliberately indifferent. In one case in Maine, for example, a judge ruled that a school district’s outright dismissal of sexual harassment allegations by a teacher against another teacher and failure to interview any students as part of the investigation could be considered “deliberate indifference.” If you or your child was sexually abused or harassed at school, it is extremely important to consult with an experienced crime victim and sexual abuse attorney with experience bringing Title IX lawsuits. The sooner you consult with a lawyer, the better the chance your rights will be protected.

Verdicts and Settlements

Client Reviews

Ben and Nate are great guys. They walked me through the whole process, from beginning til the end. The receptionist and very nice. Answer all my questions and concerns. I will refer them to anyone. Their not like other lawyers that talk around the topic. They tell you just how it is or how they believe it will be. Thank you guys so much.
S. W.
Ben and Nate took their time in handling my case with compassion and care. I never had to wonder what was going on. They always made sure to include me in each and every decision that needed to be made before they were made. Their entire staff was always very polite and knowledgeable. I cannot say enough kind words about Andreozzi + Foote; they are simply the best!
V. B.
One of the best personal injury lawyers in the country. Great experience. Really genuine people at Andreozzi and Associates.
B. E.
Handled our case SO well even though it took a long time to settle, and STILL helps us with paperwork related to the settlement account every now and then. They were honest with us from the get-go, worked REALLY hard on our behalf, and always kept in touch with us about what was going on. So pleased.
S. G.
When you and your child are victims of a horrid crime it's hard to understand why things are the way they are. Information and answers are what you want, but unfortunately the system doesn't offer that. Nathaniel has fielded and patiently listened to a broken mother wanting nothing more than for someone to help her understand why she has no answers, and through these phone calls Nathaniel has been very informative, honest and upfront. I would recommend Nathaniel and this firm to anyone who is seeking answers, help and professionalism in a firm when going through such difficult times.
S. L.
Can’t say enough about the kindness and compassion of this law office. They helped me immensely with a difficult case and the level of support they provided me was stellar.
L. A.

Get a Free Consultation