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Your Resource for Student Discipline Defense News and Information


Knowledge is power, and in the face of school-related concerns, you need to understand what is involved and what is at stake. This blog is dedicated to providing the most updated information on student discipline defense, student rights, and related matters, including Title IX cases and developments, and additional concerns that impact students at colleges and universities across the United States.  

It is the Lento Law Firm's goal for you to use the information on this site, including the Video FAQS, the National Title IX Advisor information, and the Where We Can Help pages to help you understand the disciplinary process at your school, your rights both at your school and under the law, and the best course of action for your case.

A DeVos Department of Education Legacy

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Secretary Betsy DeVos's resignation at the Trump Administration's end brought more of the hostile press reaction that characterized her U.S. Department of Education tenure. DeVos, a philanthropist and education reformer, was a lightning rod for controversy from the moment of her nomination. At he...

Rise in Cheating?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

In the most recent semester at the University of California--Berkeley, currently ranked #4 in Best Global Universities, administrators report a 400% rise in allegations of cheating from the same time a year before. The prevalence of cheating should be no surprise to college faculty: The Internati...

West Point Cheating Scandal

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

No college in America has a more storied history of national public service than the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. West Point graduates include two presidents of the United States, so when there are allegations of cheating, it's a major story. Just this week, a spokesperson...

When Old Allegations Resurface

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

Whether working with minors or adults, educators should err on the side of caution and strive to maintain a professional distance from their students. Otherwise, they might find themselves in a precarious situation, with seemingly innocent actions or words misconstrued as a sexual harassment atte...

Misconduct in Military Schools

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

The American public consistently ranks the military as the most trusted institution in the country. It follows that the military officers in charge should be considered trustworthy. To that end, officer candidates recruited by the nation's military academies—known as cadets and midshipmen--are ex...

Anti-Cheating Software Incorrectly Flags Students

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

COVID-19 continues to ravage the United States, with more than 303,000 deaths and nearly 17,000,000 cases. Many colleges and universities responded to the pandemic by offering more classes virtually or even holding no classes in person and only hosting online courses. With so many students workin...

Unfair Processes and New Title IX Hearing Committees

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

A recent article in The Minnesota Daily (the newspaper for the University of Minnesota) discussed the formation of a new committee called the Sexual Misconduct Hearing Committee. Similar committees are being created throughout the nation to address what many consider an unfair Title IX process fo...

Grand Jury Indicts Former Teacher’s Aide

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Heather Rose, 38, a teacher's aide in Texarkana, Texas was involved in a consensual relationship with a 17-year-old student for months. She may have thought that since the relationship was consensual and the student was 17 (the age of consent in Texas), she was doing no wrong. Or perhaps she knew...

Mishandling Cases Part II

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

In Part I of our Mishandling Cases series, we discussed how institutional bias, negligence, and ignoring counterevidence affected one student's Title IX investigation at the University of Southern California. Part II covers a similar story, this time at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Mishandl...

University Mishandles Cases

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Although many universities claim to take Title IX investigations seriously, many others fail to handle these cases properly. Institutional bias and discrimination can get in the way, causing campus administrators to break their own regulations on Title IX. In a recent case at the University of S...

Violating University COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Like the rest of the world, colleges and universities in the United States are dealing with the repercussions of COVID-19. Many institutions have issued strict punishments for students who violate these mandatory guidelines. In September 2020, Brigham Young University disciplined 15 students aft...

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