Title IX & Sexual Misconduct
Educational institutions are required by Title IX, recent amendments to the Clery Act contained in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, and recent Department of Education guidance to respond to allegations of sexual assault, misconduct, harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campus by conducting an investigation of the complainant’s allegations. This obligation exists even if the complainant is uncooperative or does not wish to pursue criminal charges or administrative measures. Educational institutions can suffer severe penalties for failure to properly comply with Title IX’s investigation requirements, including the withdrawal of federal student aid monies.
We audit educational institutions’ policies and procedures to determine compliance, assist our clients in revising policies and procedures when necessary, and implement training programs for administrators and staff. We also assist clients in conducting investigations, calling upon our years of experience in investigating sexual assaults to ensure a thorough, balanced, and appropriate client response. We have investigated allegations of sexual assault, hostile environments, stalking, and alleged failures in the systemic oversight by, and issues within, a particular department or school. Through this work, we often have investigated compliance with NCAA regulations, grant making and research funding.
In addition, we frequently counsel a variety of institutional clients, including medical facilities, hospitals, health care providers, religious organizations, for profit entities and non-profit entities, concerning the investigation of, and response to, allegations of sexual misconduct or possession of child pornography on institutional servers by employees.
Kevin E. Raphael
Partner Pamela Coyle Brecht of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP has been appointed as a Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania effective July 1, 2020. This appointment is a three-year term. Ms. Brecht also serves as Chair of the firm’s national Qui Tam/False Claims Act (FCA)… Read more »Read More
As COVID-19 continues to spread globally and throughout Pennsylvania, it is becoming likely that most employers will be faced with the question of how to respond when an employee tests positive or has exposure to the coronavirus. If an employee has tested positive for the coronavirus or has been exposed to someone who is presumptive positive for the… Read more »Read More
Pietragallo Partner Frank Pipak will be presenting at the National Business Institute’s (NBI) two-day event, “Human Resource Law from A to Z.” Mr. Pipak has over forty years experience in the area of workers compensation and will be speaking on day two, August 13th, under the section, “Workers’ Compensation Basics.” During this 90-minute segment, Mr…. Read more »Read More
Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP Partner Pamela Coyle Brecht will present “The False Claims Act Update” at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s (PBI) A Day in Health Law program on October 28, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A Day on Health Law is a one-day, six-hour spin-off of PBI’s annual Health Law Institute. The Health… Read more »Read More