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What Are Title IX Violations and How Can a Student Defense Attorney Help?

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits gender-based discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence in educational programs that receive federal funding, including many public universities and private schools that receive federal assistance. In recent years, sexual misconduct in colleges has become a hot-button issue, and many schools have devoted extensive resources to handle these allegations. In Minnesota, schools have significantly increased the use of Title IX hearings.

Although the process for handling Title IX violations may differ from school to school, colleges and other educational programs must conduct independent investigations involving student sexual misconduct. It is important to understand that Title IX disciplinary hearings are not criminal proceedings, though criminal charges may be involved. They are independent hearings conducted by the college to determine whether a student violated the college’s rules concerning sexual consent. When students are found to be in violation, schools are required by law to enforce penalties.

Title IX violations may include:

Students facing allegations confront harsh social stigmas, the burden of having to defend against allegations in a formal setting, and penalties that may include disciplinary probation, sanctions, suspension, or expulsion. In some cases, accused individuals may also face criminal investigations and charges.

With so much on the line at such a pivotal time in a student’s life, experienced defense is crucial to protecting one’s reputation and future. At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., our Minnesota Title IX defense lawyers have successfully handled Title IX and disciplinary cases on behalf of students throughout the state, as well as cases involving criminal charges and sex crime allegations.

Unlike many other criminal defense attorneys, our lawyers are familiar with Title IX and the unique processes involving in Title IX hearings and appeals. We also understand that consent policies vary from school to school and how they relate to a particular situation and case. We leverage this experience and our ability to create customized defense strategies when defending students against accusations and penalties.

If you or someone you love is facing allegations under Title IX at a Minnesota college or educational program, or criminal charges or any type, taking swift action to speak with a lawyer could make the difference in your case. Our legal team is available 24/7 to begin our involvement in your defense and communications with school representatives or law enforcement.

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