While it is great that more attention is being paid to sexual assault in Texas and everywhere else in the U.S., not all accusations are accurate or truthful. As a college student, you may find yourself on the receiving end of a shocking accusation of sexual assault. What do you do if you are innocent?

Washington Examiner breaks down what steps to take to protect your rights. Keep them in mind, as you never know when things may take a turn for the worst.

Ask for legal counsel

As with nearly any legal matter, you will do well to ask for and speak to a legal professional before you speak to anyone at your school. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that your school may not conduct a fair or thorough investigation, which may result in your expulsion. By hiring a lawyer upfront, you make yourself aware of your rights and legal options.

The school investigator is not on your side

Your innocence is all the protection you need, right? With the tight recent scrutiny on sexual assault cases, your school may look to make an example of you, much to your dismay. Unlike with other criminal situations, it is your responsibility to prove you are innocent, putting the burden of proof on your shoulders.

Know what you can expect

As soon as you learn of the accusation, do some research to understand how your school handles sexual assault accusations. Besides learning the process, check the backgrounds of any school officials, students or administrators involved in your case. Some of these individuals may have a personal bias against you.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.