Arizona Title IX Advisor

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that essentially forbids gender-based discriminatory acts committed by or against students, staff, and faculty. Federally funded higher education institutions (most colleges and universities) pledge their compliance to this law by investigating and disciplining students who are found responsible for violating this law. Under Title IX, sexual misconduct is considered gender-based discrimination. Therefore, schools must handle reported cases of this offense. In recent years, it has been apparent that accused students have been severely disadvantaged by schools' current practices.

The Benefits of Choosing an Attorney as Your Title IX Advisor

Federal law has granted you, as an accused student, the option of choosing anyone as your advisor. An advisor is someone who will accompany through your school's Title IX processes. This is an important choice because an advisor can either be an asset to you during these times or a complete hindrance to the outcome you wish to receive. Students who have had success in defending themselves in a hearing have had attorneys by their side to give them advice (since attorneys are not allowed to actually speak in the midst of one).

If you have been accused of sexual assault and have yet to choose an advisor, here are a couple reasons why you should choose an advisor to occupy this role:

An attorney will hold higher education institutions accountable for their actions

Unfortunately, colleges and universities don't always play by the rules, and oftentimes they bank on dealing with uninformed students who have no idea their rights are being stripped from them. Although you have access to your school's code of conduct and understand that you are being treated unfairly, you may not know the steps you must take to object to this behavior. In circumstances when schools don't abide by their own imposed rules, an attorney is incredibly valuable. Attorneys have the legal authority to write a “litigation hold” letter to deter such mistreatment. This legal document warns colleges and universities that legal action will ensue if any evidence of unfairness towards an accused student is discovered. Choosing an attorney to be your advisor sends a direct message to the school that says that you are serious about protecting your rights.

An attorney will not disclose confidential information

When it comes to picking an advisor, you need someone that you can trust. Many students have fallen into the trap of choosing a school appointed Title IX advisor that appears to have their best interest in mind, but may not be trustworthy. Schools usually give a spiel to accused students that the advisor they recommend has extensive knowledge of Title IX and has been through this process. At first, this does sound like a sweet deal. But many students aren't aware of what school authorities may be leaving out of this spiel. They may fail to mention that school advisors are employed by the school. This means that they may have the incentive to disclose personal information you've told them without your consent to a co-worker, in the midst of a hearing or even in a criminal trial, if charges are brought. Their loyalty lies in the school, not to you. A legal professional, however, has only your best interest in mind. Their main goal is to ensure that your rights are protected and that you have a shot at adequately defending yourself. Therefore, there is a very low likelihood of an attorney revealing personal information that could possibly be damaging to your case.

Experienced Arizona Title IX Advisor

If you attend an Arizona college or university and have been accused of sexual assault, you should immediately consult with a professional dedicated to protecting your interests.  Skilled Title IX advisor Joseph D. Lento is here to help.  Contact him today.

Arizona colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your student's Title IX advisor during investigations, hearings, and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following schools:

  • American Indian College of the Assemblies of God, Inc.
  • Argosy University Phoenix
  • Argosy University Phoenix Online Division
  • Arizona Christian University
  • Arizona College of Allied Health
  • Arizona State University
  • Arizona Western College
  • Brown Mackie College Phoenix
  • Brown Mackie College Tucson
  • Central Arizona College
  • Chamberlain College of Nursing Arizona
  • Chandler/Gilbert Community College
  • Cochise College
  • Coconino Community College
  • College America Flagstaff
  • CollegeAmerica Phoenix
  • Collins College
  • DeVry University Arizona
  • Dine College
  • Eastern Arizona College
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott
  • Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Everest College Phoenix
  • Everest College Phoenix
  • Fortis College Phoenix
  • GateWay Community College
  • Glendale Community College
  • Golf Academy of America Chandler
  • Grand Canyon University
  • International Baptist College
  • ITT Technical Institute Phoenix
  • ITT Technical Institute Phoenix West
  • ITT Technical Institute Tempe
  • ITT Technical Institute Tucson
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Scottsdale
  • Mesa Community College
  • Mohave Community College
  • National Paralegal College
  • Northcentral University Prescott
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northland Pioneer College
  • Paradise Valley Community College
  • Phoenix College
  • Pima Community College
  • Prescott College
  • Rio Salado College
  • Sanford Brown College Phoenix
  • Scottsdale Community College
  • South Mountain Community College
  • Southwest University of Visual Arts Tucson
  • The Art Institute of Phoenix
  • The Art Institute of Tucson
  • Tohono O'Odham Community College
  • University of Advancing Technology
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Phoenix Online Campus
  • University of Phoenix Phoenix Hohokam Campus
  • University of Phoenix Southern Arizona Campus
  • Western International University
  • Yavapai College

Title IX violations and Title IX charges can change an accused student's life if not defended against properly and as early as possible during the disciplinary process, and Joseph D. Lento has nearly a decade of experience passionately fighting for the future of his clients at universities and colleges throughout the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead, prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph Lento is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is admitted as an attorney pro hac vice in state and federal court if needed when representing clients nationwide, and serves as a Title IX advisor and educational consultant to students facing disciplinary cases in Arizona and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento today.

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If you, or your student, are facing any kind of disciplinary action, or other negative academic sanction, and are having feelings of uncertainty and anxiety for what the future may hold, contact our offices today, and let us help secure your academic career.

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