The 50th Anniversary of Title IX
By Allyson McAndrews, M.Ed.
Director of Marketing and Community Outreach
June 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX!
On June 23rd, 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was signed into law to protect individuals in educational institutions that receive public funds (both public and private) from being discriminated against based on sex. Title IX states:
“No 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.”
50 years later, Title IX continues to be a controversial issue and new proposed regulations were issued just last week by the United States Department of Education which may significantly alter Title IX investigations and proceedings. The stakes have never been higher for students involved in such disciplinary proceedings at colleges and universities. The demands of Title IX on academic institutions now require that colleges and universities aggressively investigate and adjudicate claims of sexual misconduct by students.
Here at McAndrews, Mehalick, Connolly, Hulse and Ryan P.C. (MLO), we understand the sensitivity of these issues and that is why we have a department dedicated to investigating and resolving these matters. The University Discipline Practice Group of MLO is led by Dennis C. McAndrews, Joseph E. McGettigan III, and Nancy E. Potter and was founded specifically to address the needs of individuals (both accused and victims) involved in disciplinary proceedings in higher education. Our attorneys provide clients with superior advocacy during the investigation and adjudication of all claims of misconduct. They possess over four decades of investigatory, prosecution and defense experience at every level, and have extensive backgrounds in academic institutional matters, administrative law, and litigation.
Joe McGettigan was recently interviewed by J.F. Pirro of Main Line Today and featured in his recent piece titled “How Title IX Impacts Education on the Main Line”. In his interview, Joe discusses the necessity of obtaining highly experienced and skilled attorneys to investigate and resolve such complex issues on campuses. Title IX investigations and disciplinary proceedings which stem from allegations of misconduct and academic integrity can be complicated and difficult to navigate. Most importantly, these intimidating matters can often affect a student’s mental and emotional health. It is crucial to seek additional help as soon as possible, and our firm is here to help. Please contact our office for more information or if you require assistance in navigating through a Title IX allegation by CLICKING HERE or by calling 610-648-9300.