Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of
gender in any federally funded school or activity, specifically as it
relates to things like relationship violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment,
and stalking. Those who are accused of a
Title IX violation at a Minnesota college or university will be required to attend a hearing
to discuss the alleged violations. Below is a brief overview of the disciplinary process.
- University officials are directed to refer any students with complaints
to report them to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA).
- The EOAA will conduct an investigation of the report by gathering as much
information as possible about the incident and interviewing any witnesses.
This investigation generally takes between one and five weeks depending
on the availability of witnesses.
After the EOAA has completed their initial investigation, they will contact
the accused student for an interview, during which they may do the following:
- Ask witnesses to identify the accused student
- Collect information such as copies of emails, videos, text messages, medical
- Meet with the reporting party a second time, if necessary, to ask additional questions
- After the conclusion of the interviews, the EOAA will prepare a report
analyzing whether there exists enough evidence to determine if there has
been a violation of the law. The report will then be forwarded to the
schools Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (OSCAI).
OSCAI will then contact both the accused student and the reporting party
informing them of the outcome of the investigation. If either party is
dissatisfied with this outcome, they have the right to request that their
case be heard before a formal hearing panel consisting of staff, faculty,
The parties only have five days to request this hearing, which will convene
within 30 days of their request. Both parties have the right to have an
attorney present to advocate on their behalf.
- At the hearing, a panel of staff, faculty, and students will review the
evidence and hear testimony from both parties, and will make a determination
on whether they feel the accused student is guilty of accusations.
- If the accused student is unsuccessful at the hearing, they may file an appeal.
Don’t Attend Your Hearing without a Minnesota Title IX Attorney
If you or your son or daughter has been accused of a Title IX violation
and is facing disciplinary action, you should
immediately get in touch with an attorney at Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.
Time is extremely limited in these cases, so do not delay in getting the
help you need to beat your charges. We have successfully defended students
at Minnesota colleges including Mankato State University, Gustavus Adolphus,
and the University of Minnesota. Our attorneys are familiar with the rules
and consent policies at these and other Minnesota schools, and understand
how to effectively protect the rights of accused students in these situations.
Schedule a consultation with our firm when you call (612) 444-5020. We’re available 24/7.