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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.

Will Plagiarism Affect my Law School Application?

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

Plagiarism allegations are common in colleges throughout the United States. In fact, one survey alleges more than one out of three undergraduate students has copied material from others at one point or another. Identifying genuine acts of plagiarism can be difficult, however, which can lead to fa...

Are Live Hearings Required Under New Title IX Rules?

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

Under the Obama-era Title IX guidelines, colleges and universities had the option to make use of live hearings when adjudicating complaints of sexual assault or harassment. Under the new Title IX rules that go into effect on August 14, 2020, these hearings are now mandatory. What's more, the righ...

Is Mediation Available Under Title IX?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Mediation is a common practice in civil courts of law throughout the country. It is a form of alternative dispute resolution that allows parties to sit down and come to an agreement in a non-confrontational way. Often, mediation allows these parties to avoid long drawn-out litigation by helping t...

When do New Title IX Rules Go Into Effect?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Significant changes to Title IX guidance have been in the works since the early days of the Trump Administration. Now, after years of hearings and rewrites, these final rules are set to go into effect on August 14, 2020. The new rules mark a landmark change in the way schools must address and inv...

Is Accidental Plagiarism Academic Misconduct?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

In an academic setting, many allegations of plagiarism stem from the intentional copying of another person's written works. In the digital age, this has become especially common. While intentional or direct plagiarism carries steep penalties for college students, this is not the only form of plag...

Are Title IX Investigations Confidential?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

When it comes to allegations of sexual misconduct on college campuses, much of the discussion focuses on the rights of the accuser. School administrators and counselors go to great lengths to inform these students of their rights. In fact, many schools will agree to pursue an investigation withou...

Are Toxicology Experts Allowed in Title IX Hearings?

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

It is no secret that a large number of sexual assault allegations on college campuses involve the use of alcohol. Alcohol lowers inhibitions and in some cases even incapacitates parties to the alleged incident. While many of the students, faculty, and staff that take part in student discipline h...

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