Our legal team of Minneapolis criminal defense lawyers at Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. is pleased to announce that Attorney Hillary Parsons has won a Title IX action for a student, our client, who hired us after Macalester College had already completed its investigation, made findings against our client, and suspended our client from the university for three years. The case has now been reversed, and a reinvestigation of the violations has begun.
Title IX requires colleges to take immediate steps to address sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence on campus to protect their students and prevent hostile environments for any student receiving services at a university. In this case, the student, our client, was accused of violating a mutual no-contact directive placed between him and the victim student by the Title IX Coordinator for Macalester College. The no-contact directive was placed after he and the student had a public argument and were reported for the incident on March 31, 2016. He was suspended from the university on October 6, 2016. The contact took place on October 4, 2016, when he twice approached the person with whom he had the no-contact order. The penalty imposed was immediate suspension from the school until October of 2019.
Attorney Parsons argued the suspension was unduly harsh considering the alleged victim of the no-contact directive violation violated the no-contact directive numerous times over the summer. Attorney Parsons and our legal team gathered evidence, provided to us by the client, including e-mails sent to him by the alleged victim. In addition, the alleged victim sent text messages in violation of the no-contact directive. Attorney Parsons was able to prove approximately 17 times where the alleged victim herself violated the no-contact directive.