Ceja Law Firm, PLLC discusses what you should do if you have been accused of sexual assault on a college campus.

I’ve Been Accused of Sexual Assault On My College Campus: Now What?

By Jose Ceja
Managing Attorney

Unfortunately, sexual assault is one of the most common safety issues facing colleges and universities today. In fact, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which consisted of 5,000 college students at more than 100 colleges, 20 percent of women reported having been forced to submit to non-consensual sexual intercourse. Since this has been made apparent as a big issue currently plaguing co-eds, college administrations everywhere are taking these allegations more seriously, and treating perpetrators more harshly. Unfortunately, these allegations can have a life-long impact.

Students who are faced with these allegations generally believe that if they share their side of the story that the allegations will simply be dropped. Unfortunately, this is rarely the outcome and an investigation will take shape. 

What is Sexual Assault or Rape?

There are a few different situations in which sexual assault can occur. These include:

  • Using force or the threat of force to make a person have sexual contact without their consent
  • Engaging in sexual contact with an individual who is unable to provide consent due to drugs or alcohol
  • Engaging in sexual contact with someone who is incapable of consent by way of mental, intellectual, or physical disability

Rape, which involves engaging in non-consensual sexual intercourse, is the most severe form of sexual assault. But no matter the degree of sexual assault that you are facing, each should be taken very seriously. 

Charges on a College Campus

Schools that receive federal funding must adhere to Federal laws including those on sexual assault or rape on campus. Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Clery Act, there are strict steps that must be taken in order to prevent, and when necessary, report, instances of sexual violence among students and faculty. 

Schools will usually impose the harshest penalties including suspension or expulsion. Students who are expelled for rape will commonly find it extremely difficult to be accepted to any programs by another reputable school.

Criminal Charges

Aside from the serious school-imposed penalties that you are likely to receive, if the school administration finds that a sexual assault or rape did occur, it is very likely that they will report it to local law enforcement. When this occurs another investigation will be conducted and if the state finds that there is evidence to believe a sexual assault or rape occurred, they will issue criminal charges. Such a charge will not only result in expensive fines and lengthy prison terms but will also undoubtedly have long-lasting consequences. 

Ceja Law Firm PLLC Can Help

If you or someone you know has been accused of a sexual assault or rape on campus, it can have a profound impact on the rest of your life. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Texas criminal defense attorney. At Ceja Law Firm PLLC, we understand the serious nature of such charges and strive to have your crime reduced or even dropped. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

About the Author
Jose Ceja is the managing attorney of Ceja Law Firm. He has practiced law since 2007 and has devoted his career to the practice of criminal law. Mr. Ceja began his legal career as a felony drug prosecutor, where he prosecuted drug, gang, and violent offenses. Mr. Ceja has first or second chaired almost 100 trials, including murders, drug cases, DWIs, and assaults. In his career as a defense attorney, he has regularly obtained dismissals, not guilty verdicts, and grand jury “no bills” in a wide variety of cases.