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Wisconsin Title IX Defense Lawyers

Defend Yourself During On-Campus Assault Investigations

Under Title IX laws, colleges and universities must perform investigations into any allegations of sexual assault and other sex crimes that occur on-campus or otherwise relate to the campus environment. These investigations may feel criminal in nature, but they are actually conducted by campus administrators or a third party hired by the school. The Investigator is tasked with deciding whether or not they feel the school’s policies prohibiting sexual misconduct and harassment has been violated. Some school’s procedures allow for the Investigator to recommend a punishment if they find the student responsible for violating the school’s policies. Since it is not technically a criminal law procedure, a student can be slammed with any penalty the administrators see fit, even if there is no evidence that a sex crime or similar incident ever occurred.

If you have been accused of a sex crime and now face a Title IX investigation in Wisconsin, Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A and our Title IX defense lawyers are here to protect your rights and education. You are allowed to hire a private attorney to be your advisor and guide you during a Title IX investigation. Make the most of your difficult situation by letting us be your legal counselors who can advise you of your best interests and assure your school is following not only their policies but federal mandates.

We are standing by to assist students from the following universities and colleges:

  • University of Wisconsin
    • UW-La Crosse
    • UW-Superior
    • UW-Eau Claire
    • UW-Stout
    • UW-River Falls
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College
    • Multiple locations
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
    • Multiple locations
  • Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI

Your defense needs to start right away. Call (612) 444-5020 today.

Title IX Laws & Regulations

Part of a federal civil rights law, Title IX makes it illegal for a college or university to discriminate against a student on the basis of sex. Title IX applies to all colleges and universities that receive any amount of federal funding. Therefore, Title IX applies to nearly all public and private higher education institutes.

Presently, Title IX has been used as a way to penalize those accused of sexual misconduct against another, as it is argued that failing to protect a student from a sex crime is a form of discrimination. Since a school could lose significant and necessary federal funding for failing to stop and penalize sexual misconduct affecting the campus environment, administrators feel pressured to penalize the accused, no matter the details of the situation. This puts you, an accused student or faculty member, in an unfair, one-sided situation from the beginning. You must do what you can to rebalance matters by teaming up with a reliable Title IX defense team like ours.

Title IX Investigations

When you are targeted by a Title IX investigation, you have to act quickly to defend yourself. The college will have policies in place to move along the investigation quickly. You are entitled to consult with an advisor of your choosing.

A college or university might do the following during an investigation:

  • Interview you
  • Interview the complaining party
  • Interview alleged witnesses
  • Collect apparent evidence
  • Share information with local law enforcement authorities

During the course of a Title IX investigation, a decision must be reached by a preponderance of the evidence, whether or not a policy violation occurred. Not all institutions allow for a hearing where the accused may confront their accuser and cross-examine their version of events. Therefore, it is essential to clearly and unequivocally provide your version of events to the investigator.

Penalties of Title IX Hearings

During a Title IX hearing, you will be given a chance to tell your side of the story and defend yourself from the accusations. Your accuser is afforded all the same opportunities as you will be. It may feel like a criminal process, but it is not. The outcome is not defined by law, but rather by the procedures outlined in the school’s policies.

If you are found responsible for a policy violation, penalization may include:

  • Evicted from your dorm
  • Removed from specific classes
  • Attend educational classes
  • Suspended for a defined period of time
  • Expelled from the school
  • Hold placed on your transcript
  • Diploma withheld
  • Dismissal from your faculty position

To prevent these penalties from happening at all, you have to thoroughly convince the Investigator that you did not commit the alleged policy violation, or that any penalty would be unjust. This is where our Wisconsin Title IX defense attorneys step in and take over for you. We can study your university’s consent policies for gray areas that may have caused the complication situation that led to accusations in the first place. We excel in protecting the rights of accused students, just as if we were protecting them from sex crime charges in criminal court.

Contact our Title IX defense lawyers by calling (612) 444-5020 now. We represent students in colleges and universities across Wisconsin.

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.

Attorney Profiles

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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  • “ I just wanted to thank you so much! I am so pleased with all the hard work you put in. I would have never had the chance to get the outcome I did without you. You did an amazing job and we are feeling very greatful to have made the right call when we chose you.” - P.K.
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