Title IX of the Education Amendments is a law that was proposed and enacted to condemn discriminatory acts committed against students, staff, and faculty on federally funded educational institutions.
It states that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal funding.”
This law has been enforced in an abundance of circumstances since its enactment in the early 1970's. Without its enforcement, colleges and university campuses would look extremely different than they do today. It's no question that the law has created a more equitable atmosphere for men and specifically women attending federally funded schools. It has provided for more athletic options for women hoping to enter intercollegiate sports and has completely rebuked the mistreatment and mismanagement of pregnant college students. But in recent times, the law hasn't necessarily been referenced for these issues. It is now generally addressed in the context of sexual misconduct.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct
Unfortunately, the number of reports of sexual misconduct on campuses are at an all time high. Schools in compliance with Title IX are required to investigate, reprimand and even aid in convicting students who are found guilty of these crimes by an institution. Schools who carry out these processes do so hastily due to the pressure of federal agencies. And oftentimes, these cases are quickly and sloppily handled for the best interest of the school, rather than for the safety of its students. When schools don't put an emphasis on a fair hearing or investigation process, the party that always ends up disadvantaged is the accused. Their right to efficiently defend themselves is stripped when schools destroy evidence or keep information from respondents in an effort to avoid a complicated case.
The Benefits of Choosing an Attorney as Your Title IX Advisor
Accused students who feel disadvantaged by their school should take advantage of their freedom to choose anyone to be their advisor. Selecting an attorney can drastically maximize the likelihood of a favorable outcome.
If you have been accused of sexual misconduct, here are a few reasons that you should select an attorney to be your advisor:
An attorney will help you prepare for a hearing
An attorney can help you prepare your statement, gather and interview witnesses, as well as coach you on answering questions that were asked to incriminate you.
An attorney will not disclose confidential information
A school will encourage you to choose its appointed advisor that supposedly has undergone extensive Title IX training. But what school authorities will most likely to fail to mention is that this person is an employee of the school. This person has the incentive to disclose confidential information that you revealed to them to use against you in a hearing, or more importantly, a criminal trial. A lawyer has no incentive to betray you. They are solely interested in preserving your rights and ensuring you defend yourself effectively.
An attorney will hold your college or university accountable for its actions
Attorneys have the authority to write a “litigation hold” letter that warns schools that any mistreatment towards the accused could result in a lawsuit.
Experienced Arkansas Title IX Advisor
If you attend an Arkansas college or university and are facing allegations of sexual misconduct, you should consult with a professional dedicated to protecting your interests. Skilled Title IX advisor Joseph D. Lento is here to help. Contact him today.
Arkansas 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:
- Arkansas Baptist College
- Arkansas Northeastern College
- Arkansas State University Beebe
- Arkansas State University Main Campus
- Arkansas State University Mountain Home
- Arkansas State University Newport
- Arkansas Tech University
- Black River Technical College
- Bryan University
- Central Baptist College
- College of the Ouachitas
- Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
- Crowley's Ridge College
- East Arkansas Community College
- Ecclesia College
- Harding University
- Henderson State University
- Hendrix College
- ITT Technical Institute Little Rock
- John Brown University
- Lyon College
- Mid South Community College
- National Park Community College
- North Arkansas College
- NorthWest Arkansas Community College
- Ouachita Baptist University
- Ozarka College
- Philander Smith College
- Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
- Pulaski Technical College
- Remington College Little Rock Campus
- Rich Mountain Community College
- South Arkansas Community College
- Southeast Arkansas College
- Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
- Southern Arkansas University Tech
- University of Arkansas
- University of Arkansas at Little Rock
- University of Arkansas at Monticello
- University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
- University of Arkansas Community College Batesville
- University of Arkansas Community College Hope
- University of Arkansas Community College Morrilton
- University of Arkansas Fort Smith
- University of Central Arkansas
- University of Phoenix Little Rock Campus
- University of Phoenix Northwest Arkansas Campus
- University of the Ozarks
- Williams Baptist 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 Arkansas and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento today.