Using the skills he learned at the Brooklyn DA’s office, Gregg primarily practices criminal defense, police brutality, civil litigation, and Title IX. Gregg’s recent work involves obtaining an acquittal for DWI and obtaining settlements against the police and Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 explicitly bars sex discrimination in all educational programs and activities that receive federal funding. Sex discrimination includes sexual violence (rape, sexual assault, stalking, harassment, coercion). Any university or college that receives federal funding must investigate all allegations of sexual violence on campus.
If your Title IX rights were violated, you may be facing many challenges. Students may be scared to speak up against professors if a faculty member was responsible for a Title IX violation because professors and faculty can have major power over a student’s academic future and prospects. Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, and harassment may also be frightened to come forward. Many victims suffer in silence and live in fear, and may even skip classes, avoid libraries or other places on campus to avoid encountering their abusers. This can limit a person’s ability to enjoy free access to their education and to university or college services. A New York Title IX advocacy lawyer at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto can help you understand your rights, bring forth a complaint, and ensure that your rights are protected, and hold faculty or staff accountable should they retaliate against you for filing a complaint. Contact the New York Title IX advocacy lawyer at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto today to learn more.
YOUR RIGHTS IF YOU WERE A VICTIM OF CAMPUS SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN NEW YORK
A university or college that receives funding must promptly investigate any allegations of campus sexual violence, sexual harassment, rape, or assault. If you have been a victim of sexual violence, sexual harassment, or assault, you have important rights. These rights include:
You have the right to report any incident to your school’s Title IX coordinator. The information for your school’s Title IX coordinator should be readily available.
Your school must promptly investigate your complaint and resolve it in a fair and equitable manner.
You have the right to report sexual violence to local law enforcement, but a law enforcement investigation cannot replace a Title IX investigation from happening at your college or university.
Your school’s procedures for filing a Title IX complaint should be available and you should be able to read your school’s procedures for handling sexual violence complaints.
If you report sexual violence, your university or college should inform you of your rights and connect you to proper victim advocacy, housing assistance, academic support, counseling, disability services, mental health services, and legal services.
A reliable, adequate, and impartial investigation must be conducted by your college or university. This means that your university or college should let you know how long the investigation will take, let you know you have the right to present evidence, and let you know that you have the right to a lawyer if the other party will have a lawyer. You also have the right to appeal any decision.
Once you report a Title IX violation, your university or college may also be required to provide you with support and resources until the matter is investigated or resolved. For example, if you need to change classes, change dorms, or receive other accommodations, your university or college is required to help. You also are protected from retaliation from faculty, staff, or students while these measures are being taken. Retaliation can include many things, but it can include academic penalties for making an accusation, the loss of your fellowship or financial aid, the loss of certain privileges and rights, or other punishments for speaking up.
If you are a victim of campus sexual violence, now might be one of the most difficult times of your life. You may be dealing with immense trauma, not to mention find yourself facing your abuser at school or campus. If you are a victim of sexual violence on campus, you have rights. The New York Title IX advocacy lawyer at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto can help you navigate your Title IX hearing and ensure that your college or university takes the full measures it is required to take to protect you.
JUSTICE FOR CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS IN NEW YORK
Title IX protections can help you seek remedies and accommodations if you are a victim of campus rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, coercion, or sexual violence. Unfortunately, many universities and colleges want to protect their reputations and have, in the past, tried to cover-up or have even failed to address student allegations of sexual violence on campus. Currently, Title IX law offers broad protections to victims of sexual violence, which includes the requirement that the college or university properly investigate any accusations of sexual violence or harassment, and that the college or university provide accommodations to victims. If you or your child suffered sexual violence on campus, you are not alone. The New York Title IX advocacy lawyer at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto is here to help. Our Title IX advocacy attorney can help you with writing a formal complaint, assist you with connecting with the university or college resources you are entitled to receive, and help you every step of the way during your hearing. Victims of sexual violence face major challenges. Not only do they suffer the trauma of sexual violence, but they also may find themselves navigating formal procedures at a college or university that may be more interested in protecting faculty, staff, or the school’s reputation. If you are a victim of sexual violence, contact the New York Title IX advocacy lawyer at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto today to learn more about the next steps you can take to seek justice and protect your rights.