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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.

How a “Blue Wave” Might Impact Title IX

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

We are now just a few weeks away from what may be one of the most consequential elections in our nation's history. Only four years after Republicans took a majority stake in both houses of Congress and the White House, polls indicate Democrats are now within striking distance of accomplishing the...

Cheating Accusations at North Carolina State

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Just like all of life, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the college experience as well. College students across the country made the switch from mostly in-person classes and exams to virtual learning and online test-taking. Not surprisingly, online testing presents a challenge to university academ...

Student Hunger Strike at Dartmouth

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

A Ph.D. student at Dartmouth College recently went on a hunger strike to bring attention to the sexual harassment she said she endured in the computer science department. In June, Maha Hasan Alshawi took to social media to express her frustration with Dartmouth's handling of her sexual harassment...

Repercussions Of The New Title IX Revisions

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

For the first part of this Title IX series, visit here. The new Title IX changes will alter the accountability landscape for years to come. Despite claims that the timing of the execution is inappropriate given the COVID-19 pandemic, change proposals were in place since 2018. The main focus of ...

Technology and Online Cheating

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

Cheating is a longstanding issue at schools across the nation. It's no surprise that some students cheat on their coursework and exams. However, the rise of technology poses a new challenge for schools looking to crack down on cheating. According to a recent survey by Wiley, instructors believe t...

More Time for Title IX Changes Due to COVID?

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

“Why isn't the government — especially in light of the pandemic — willing to give schools more time?” That's what Judge Carl Nichols of the US District Court of the District of Columbia said during a July 2020 hearing in a suit brought by 16 states against the US Department of Education. The laws...

Nebraska Mishandles Case

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

A recent lawsuit filed against the University of Nebraska may have far-reaching implications on how schools handle Title IX violations. The lawsuit alleges that the University of Nebraska mishandled complaints of sexual harassment and assault against women on campus. According to the lawsuit, uni...

Changes to Title IX

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Education recently issued new regulations impacting Title IX policies at schools. The significant changes went into effect this month, and will greatly alter how universities across the nation deal with sexual misconduct allegations. The Department of Education created thes...

How Title IX Changes are Transforming the Ivy League

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

In May of this year, the U.S. Department of Education announced changes to Title IX regulations governing sexual misconduct investigations and hearings in federally funded colleges and universities. The new regulations went into effect on August 14, 2020, giving schools about 100 days to revamp t...

Cheating on the Rise in Schools

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you look at the student conduct guide for any college in the U.S., you will see academic integrity placed as one of the highest core values. However, recent reports indicate that the rate of cheating in schools is higher now than perhaps ever before in our history. A recent report released by...

Remote Learning and Cheating

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

Distance learning isn't a new phenomenon, but its implementation on a nationwide scale due to the pandemic is uncharted territory for college administrators and students. Yet while the virtual route is necessary to keep students and staff members safe, remote learning does have a caveat – the ina...

MU Approves of Title IX Changes

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Over the last decade, the public has scrutinized sexual assault policies at universities across the country. High profile lawsuits, arrests, and million-dollar settlements have put some overreaching rules in the spotlight. As a result, at the end of July, the University of Missouri Board of Curat...

Who Can Be a Woman in Sports?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

At their core, sports are supposed to be fun, inclusive, and – perhaps most importantly – fair. But recent controversy surrounding transgender student athletes participating in competitive, school-based sporting events raises questions around science, laws, and policies for schools and states, as...

Unprecedented Title IX Settlement in Arizona

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

In September of 2016, Tucson police arrested Orlando Bradford, a University of Arizona football player for assaulting a woman and holding her hostage for two days. The next day, a UA student went to the police and told them that Bradford had repeatedly hit and choked her throughout their relation...

Lawmakers Pen Missive to Devos

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

Four Democratic lawmakers are demanding that the U.S. Department of Education provide documents related to sweeping changes recently made to federal Title IX regulations. Title IX is a federal civil rights law enacted as part of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX"), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et se...

Women's Sports in Jeopardy?

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

We take for granted that most sports are all female or all male. On average, men are stronger, faster, and more powerful than women. Segregating sports by sex has helped women come closer to equality and parity in athletics. But a recent Supreme Court opinion brings the legality sex-segregated sp...

Expelled USC Football Player Wins Title IX Victory

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

A California state appellate court recently reversed a ruling against former USC kicker Matt Boermeester. The ex-college football player sued the university after a Title IX investigation led to his expulsion in 2017. Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendme...

College Students are Entitled to Due Process Rights

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jul 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Being able to defend yourself against an allegation is a key principle in American law. We often think of this as habeas corpus, a Latin phrase that, translated, means “you shall have the body.” What it means in American law is that a person who has been charged with a crime has a right to be to...

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