The criminal system is not the only area where accusations against an individual can result in life changing results. Title IX of the Education Amendment Acts of 1972 was initially implemented to guarantee students an equal opportunity to receive an education regardless of their gender. All schools that receive federal funds fall under the umbrella of Title IX. Schools are under pressure to resolve accusations of misconduct made against students or staff with little regards for the rights of the accused. Most significantly, schools are only required to find wrongdoing by a preponderance of the evidence (slightly over 50%) to find the accused guilty. This is a standard far lower than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard found in criminal courts. Students can be expelled and staff can be dismissed with the permanent stain of wrongdoing on their records. It is vital to consult with an attorney immediately whenever the prospect of an accusation comes forward. Every second counts in these proceedings and an attorney is needed to navigate confusing and often unfair processes.