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By law, the government requires universities and colleges to investigate and address sexual assault, stalking, harassment incidents involving students. If you’ve been accused, you will be required to undergo a disciplinary hearing under Title IX law. Additionally, Title IX mandates that colleges and universities punish students found 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 Title IX attorney on your side.

Our firm has successfully defended clients at the following colleges and universities:

  • University of Minnesota
  • Gustavus Adolphus
  • Mankato State University
  • University of St. Thomas
  • St. Olaf College
  • Carleton College

Real Cases We've HandledUniversity of St. Thomas v. N.P.
Client was accused of sexual misconduct on campus. After countless meetings, statements, and interviews, our client was cleared of all allegations.

College of St. Olaf v. A.D. & A.D.
Clients were accused of violating the college's Title IX rules. Attorneys Joe Tamburino and Jill Brisbois obtained dismissal of all charges.

What is 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.

    What Happens in Title IX Investigations?

    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.

    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.

    What Are the Penalties for a Title IX Violation?

    Students who are accused of Title IX violations may be facing severe and life-altering penalties such as:

    • School probation and suspension
    • Expulsion from college or university
    • Sex offender registration

    These penalties can have a devastating effect on one’s educational and career goals, as well as their personal lives and reputation.

    If you or someone close to you is facing an accusation of sexual misconduct as a student, please call Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. immediately at (612) 444-5020

    Ambiguous Affirmative Consent Policies

    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:

    • 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
    • University of Minnesota
      (all campuses)
    • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
      (all campuses)

    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.

    Education Secretary Proposes Changes to Title IX

    Recently, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed new changes to Title IX that will bolster the rights of students who have been accused of assault, harassment, or rape on college campuses. The new changes will narrow the definition of sexual harassment and will only hold schools accountable for formal complaints that have been filed with the proper authorities and for misconduct said to have occurred on the school’s campus.

    DeVos’s proposal will also create a higher legal standard when determining if a school improperly addressed a complaint filed by a student. The changes will end Obama-era guidelines that colleges and critics say trampled the due-process rights of students accused of sexual misconduct.

    Additional Reading:

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

    Put Our Attorneys On Your Side

    Our team has 100 years of collective experience. Our lawyers, Allan Caplan and Joe Tamburino, are frequently featured on local news networks, including radio and television appearances on Fox and WCCO radio. This has helped Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. rise to prominence and gain a solid reputation of fighting vigorously not only for our clients, but also against the injustices they face when they have been charged with a crime or have been wrongfully injured.

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    What Our Clients Are Saying

    • “ Today I had a court appearance where your attorney, LIS CARLSON represented me. I must start at the beginning, MS. CARLSON returned my phone call to her with in an hour of my first call to your office. I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the quick response to my call & most important how LIS immediately made me feel, she was professional, caring, her ability to immediately know that I was a total mess. Before she finished with my call she made sure that I was alright, her compassion for me was extremely needed. I immediately felt there couldn’t be a better attorney in the state better than LIS! Throughout this entire process, Lis was a pillar of strength. I was amazed at how she handled everything with extreme care & some very excellent, professional legal skills. I count my blessings but I count them twice when I came to LIS. The world needs more people like LIS, smart, intelligent, kind and caring.” - P.G.
    • “How do I ever thank you enough for your amazingly great strategy that got my case dismissed! ” - J. E.
    • “ Kayla Wengronowitz was my attorney in a claim against me involving Title IX and won my difficult and extensive case. She was a beacon of hope to me when my options seemed very limited. Kayla provided clarity for me to understand everything happening in the case, she made smart and calculated decisions, she made sure I was comfortable with every decision she made, and she responded to difficult situations seemingly with ease. Most importantly, Kayla was empathetic and provided comfort throughout the strenuous process. I am extremely grateful for her service and highly recommend her without reservation.” - Anonymous
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