In this role, Mr. Cromartie has successfully lobbied for campus due process at both the state and federal level and has appeared on prominent media outlets to discuss Title IX issues. Mr. Cromartie got involved with Title IX issues because of his personal experience as an accused student.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that “[n]o person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” The purpose of Title IX is to prevent sex discrimination or retaliation in all areas of education regardless of sex. This regulation applies to all public and private educational institutions from elementary to higher education that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX protects men and women who are students or employees at an educational institution.
Over the years, the definition of sex discrimination has evolved under Title IX. Under current regulations, sexual misconductand retaliation can constitute a form of sex discrimination. As such, schools are required to investigate and address complaints of sexual misconduct through their own policies and procedures.
To adequately address and investigate Title IX complaints, schools are required to employ a coordinator who is responsible for handling allegations of sexual misconduct. These coordinators operate under their school’s Title IX policies and procedures. A student or staff member who has a Title IX complaint filed against them can face a wide range of potential sanctions ranging from counseling to expulsion/termination. As such, Title IX complaints must be taken very seriously.
While schools should strive to maintain a fair and impartial Title IX process, this has not been the case in many instances. Students and faculty around the country have filed countless lawsuits after their respective school violated their rights during campus Title IX investigations or proceedings.
At the onset of a Title IX investigation, it is vital that the individual being investigated obtain an effective advisor to help guide them through the process. Although success is not guaranteed, a Title IX advisor will hopefully increase the chance of obtaining a favorable result.
At GCW, it is our mission to provide guidance through these convoluted campus proceedings so that we can achieve the best possible result. Should a case proceed past campus proceedings, GCW can also offer potential representation in civil courts so that the adverse Title IX action can be resolved.
Make no mistake, these Title IX campus proceedings can and have had far-reaching repercussions depending on the result. Please feel free to contact GCW for a free consultation regarding your Title IX claims and potential representation.
In July of 2011, Mr. Cromartie was accused of sexual assault by a fellow classmate while attending the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Cromartie endured a two-year investigation that culminated in a general court martial where he faced substantial prison time. Although Mr. Cromartie was found innocent of all the sexual charges, he was separated from the Academy in June 2013. Following Mr. Cromartie’s separation, the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled “Strange Sort of Justice at West Point.” The article detailed Mr. Cromartie’s experience as an accused student.
Mr. Cromartie’s personal experience as a defendant in a sexual assault case inspired him to pursue Title IX defense. As a formerly accused student, Mr. Cromartie understands how difficult these cases can be and will fight to achieve the best possible result.