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Title IX and Student Misconduct


Title IX and Student Misconduct Inquiries 

(212) 946- 4963

Ask for Attorney Patrick Saccocio



Emergency Title IX and Student Misconduct Assistance

(737) 226 - 2113

Ask for Attorney Patrick Saccocio

Title IX: The Stakes

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires every school to investigate claims of sexual misconduct including sexual assault and sexual harassment against students. The stakes are high for the student facing discipline for misconduct. They include dismissal from the institution, interruption of the students’ course of study and/or conditions placed upon the accused student, not to mention the stigma and reputational harm associated with a finding of guilt. In addition, there is the interaction that often occurs between the student disciplinary investigation and a criminal investigation or prosecution. Students need to be advised and counseled about the consequences connected with their participation or non-participation in the university or college Title IX investigatory process.

Title IX: The System

Title IX disciplinary matters are sensitive and can put the accused student in a frightening and confusing situation. Criminal investigations or prosecutions often accompany Title IX cases making things more complicated. While defendants in criminal proceedings have certain rights, these same rights do not exist for students being accused of campus misconduct. In addition, each college and university has its own set of “rules” by which these investigations are handled. There is also a legal difference between the rights ensured to students at state sponsored colleges/universities and those who attend private institutions.

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Why You Need A Title IX Defense Attorney

Title IX cases require thoughtful legal advice that covers all the legal issues associated with Title IX law and the student misconduct disciplinary process, especially when considering potential criminal charges. It is important to have experienced legal counsel licensed to practice law in the state where the matters arise. A licensed attorney in the state where the alleged student misconduct took place will ensure that the student receives important and complete legal advice and counseling. The student must understand that the protections of attorney-client confidentiality will not apply to non-lawyer Title IX “advisors” made available by the institution. This is incredibly important when the student is sharing information about their Title IX case that may be the focus of a criminal investigation/prosecution or a potential civil claim.

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When I called Mr.Saccocio, I had already been suspended from school for seven semesters, exhausted all of my appeals, and was unable to get into any other school that I applied for due to the suspension notation on my transcript. I called multiple attorneys seeking help and out of all of them, Mr.Saccocio stood out to me. As I was explaining my current situation to him, he was able to immediately discern what the university had done and the options I had as if he already had thorough knowledge of my case. After retaining Mr. Saccocio, he immediately started working on my case. Every time I would call, he would answer. If for some reason he was ever unable to, he would call back promptly. He always knew all of the details of my case, making me feel like I was his only client. Most importantly, he made me feel that even when I hadn’t been in contact with him, I knew that he was constantly working on my case. I could tell that Mr.Saccocio genuinely cared and wanted nothing but the best for me in this unfavorable situation. I am happy to say that in four months of retaining Mr. Saccocio, he was able to negotiate a resolution that has placed me back in school, restored my financial aid fully, and has made my return to school as seamless as possible. Before I had Mr. Saccocio, I didn’t know the direction my life was headed in. Now, my future is clear to me and it is very bright. Thanks to Mr.Saccocio, my education has been restored and I can pursue anything I want to.

Patrick Saccocio will get your life back on track!

- A.R.

Choosing Parisi, Coan & Saccocio, PLLC

Our firm is familiar with the societal and political trends and movements that have created the current college and university disciplinary system as pertains to allegations of student on student sexual harassment/sexual assault claims (Title IX and Clery Act) and dating/domestic violence or assault (Clery Act/VAWA). We follow the evolution of the laws, regulations and “guidances”, proposed changes to those laws, regulations and “guidances”, and keep well-informed of the demands of activist organizations on all sides of the issue to ensure you the best representation possible. Attorney Patrick Saccocio is a trial attorney who is experienced in representing those charged criminally with alleged acts of dating/domestic violence, those charged with violating federal and state anti-discrimination laws (Title VII and state equivalent), and is experienced in both state and federal court practice. Parisi, Coan & Saccocio, PLLC does not condone any form of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating or domestic violence. Nor does Parisi, Coan & Saccocio, PLLC condone unfair and unjust investigations or tribunals that deprive accused persons of fundamental due process rights. We are lawyers who protect your rights and demand that any system that adjudicates accused persons does so in a fair, unbiased and transparent manner.

What We Can Assist You With

  Our Title IX lawyers will assist you with:

  • Understanding your school’s student misconduct policies and process;
  • Reviewing all charges and allegations made against you;
  • Explaining the consequences (direct and collateral) of the charges made against you and the potential outcomes;
  • Explaining your rights under your school’s student misconduct code; Title IX and/or the Clery Act and The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act as well as rights under the United States’ Constitution and your states’ constitution;
  • Assisting in the preparation of a full defense of the alleged misconduct including coordinating any private investigation into the facts and circumstances of your case;
  • Participating in, to the full extent permitted, any hearing or investigation undertaken by your school;
  • Assistance with achieving a negotiated disposition, if appropriate;
  • Counsel and coordinate between the student misconduct investigation and any current or potential criminal investigation or prosecution. Attorney Patrick Saccocio is admitted to practice law in the states of Arizona, California, New York, and Texas. Attorney Gerard Parisi is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and North Carolina.
  • Counsel as to the potential civil claims that could potentially be associated with the student misconduct investigation or determination;
  • Advocate your cause before your school’s Title IX investigator, Title IX coordinator and/or any student misconduct disciplinary panel or official;
  • Advocate to ensure that you receive the full due process rights and/or institutionally promised rights that you are entitled to under law;
  • Advocate to ensure that you are afforded all rights granted under Title IX, Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) “Guidance Letters” and documents, the Clery Act and VAWA amendment;
  • Assist in the preparation of any appeals sought or imposed in conjunction with student misconduct disciplinary proceeding results and determinations;
  • Discuss and consult concerning legal options available to pursue in the event of an adverse determination;

We Practice Title IX Law at All Colleges and Universities in New York, California, Arizona, Texas, and North Carolina Including:


All State University of New York institutions including:
  • Albany
  • Binghamton
  • Buffalo
  • Stony Brook
Syracuse University
Cornell University
City University of New York (all locations)
Colgate University
Columbia University
University of Rochester
Ithaca College
Hamilton College

Union College


Texas A&M University
The University of Texas at Austin
University of Houston
Texas State University
University of North Texas
Texas Tech University
Rice University
Baylor University




Cal State – Fullerton
UC – Berkeley
UC – Davis
San Diego State University
San Jose State University
Stanford University
University of San Francisco
Claremont Colleges
Occidental College
Pepperdine University


University of Arizona
Northern Arizona University


All State University of North Carolina institutions including:
  • Chapel Hill
  • Charlotte
  • Greensboro
  • Wilmington
Duke University
Wake Forest University
Appalachian State
North Carolina State
High Point University

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Title IX, Student Misconduct, and Bullying Inquiries
Attorney Patrick J. Saccocio, Esq.
(212) 946- 4963

Emergency Title IX, Student Misconduct, and Bullying Assistance
Attorney Patrick J. Saccocio, Esq.
(737) 226 - 2113