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The federal government directs all universities and colleges to independently investigate and address all sexual assault and sexual violence allegations involving students. Federal civil rights law Title IX requires colleges and universities to conduct disciplinary hearings on sexual violence accusations and mandates that colleges and universities punish students found to be in violation of campus sexual consent policies. If you are being accused of sexual misconduct at your university, you should immediately call Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. to put an experienced Minneapolis criminal defense attorney on your side.

Our firm has successfully defended clients at the following universities:

  • University of Minnesota
  • Gustavus Adolphus
  • Mankato State University

More on Title IX

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded educational program or activity. Public (state) schools and private schools that receive any type of federal assistance must comply with Title IX. Any failure to comply will result in loss of federal funds.

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Title IX commands schools to investigate and address sexual assault cases involving their students independently of any simultaneous or related criminal charge. Specifically, the law compels colleges and universities to set up their own system of investigating reports of sexual violence, interrogating alleged suspects, interviewing supposed witnesses, collecting purported evidence, and subjecting the accused student to a disciplinary hearing. The fallouts of those hearings may have serious life-changing consequences for the accused student including expulsion from school and being labeled a "sex offender."

Many accused students who do not understand how to exercise their rights in these proceedings unjustly wind up with permanent scars on their record; scars that could have been avoided had they hired a strong attorney to defend them. If you or someone close to you is facing any accusation of sexual misconduct as a student, please call Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. immediately.

Affirmative Consent

Due to pressure by the federal government, many colleges are imposing rules on their students concerning the type and nature of consent that is required before any sexual activity occurs.

All of the following colleges and universities in Minnesota have some type of sexual consent rules:

  • University of Minnesota (all campuses)
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (all campuses)
  • Univ. of St. Thomas
  • Concordia University
  • Macalester College
  • St. Olaf College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Carlton College
  • Hamline University
  • Augsburg College
  • St. Catherine College
  • St. Scholastica College

Consent policies and rules vary from school to school and may be difficult to understand. For example, most policies state that consent cannot be obtained if the person is "unable" to consent, but they never clearly define what “unable” means. This is especially problematic when the parties are consuming alcohol. Can a person who is "buzzed" or "light-headed" consent? What if a person is drunk but does not show any signs of intoxication so no one knows that they are drunk? Ultimately, anyone's common sense understanding of consent may be quite different than how a college defines consent. Our attorneys understand this and know how to protect the rights of accused students in these situations.

If you or your son or daughter are being accused of sexual assault or another disciplinary matter at college, do not delay in contacting a Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer at our firm. Our office can be reached at (612) 444-5020.