Everything You Need to Know About No Contact Orders
What Are No Contact Orders and Why Did I Receive One?
Title IX protects American students from any unfair discrimination or harassment because of their sex. Any violations and actions creating a hostile work environment will result in university involvement to address the complaint and separate the accuser from the accused. Usually, this is done by issuing a no contact order.
After a student approaches their school’s faculty members to report any perceived violations of Title IX, the U.S. Department of Education obliges the institution to take immediate action to separate the accuser from the accused before the case even enters investigation.
These measures are meant to create a safe environment for all while the matter is being further examined, but they can often be perceived as an implication that the accused is guilty.
What Is a No Contact Order?
A no contact order is a school-imposed mandate to avoid any communication with the individual who accused you. It is crucial that you follow this order. Any contact to question the accusation or any conversation with the accuser could be detrimental to your case.
What Are the Penalties for Disobeying a No Contact Order?
Direct and indirect communication with an individual with whom you have a no contact order, beyond causing potential complications to your defense case, can result in serious consequences. Though the no contact order isn’t in itself punitive but rather a preventative measure of further discomfort for either party while the case is being investigated, violations could be punished. These penalties are typically decided by your institution and depend on the severity of the infraction.
If you are under investigation for failure to comply with Title IX policies in your university, contact Parisi, Coan & Saccocio, PLLC. Our attorneys are available to offer immediate assistance to review your case and start fighting for your maintained freedom and the preservation of your academic career and professional reputation.