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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 and student rights and related matters, including academic misconduct, Title IX, and sexual misconduct 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.

Universities Cannot Revoke Your Freedom of Speech

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

The University of Central Florida was overruled by a three-judge federal appeals court in April 2022 for two internal speech policies that violated the First Amendment. The ruling imposed an injunction to stop the University from using the policies and vehemently condemned them. Policy #1 The f...

Can a Professor Date a Student

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

“Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediment,” Shakespeare writes in one of his most famous sonnets. In the same vein, the American poet Maya Angelou writes, “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope.” L...

How Should Professors Deal With Flirtatious Students?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

We hear all the time about inappropriate, flirty college professors. That kind of story is headline-worthy. Flirty students, though, are common too, maybe more common than we realize. According to one study by a Kansas University researcher, men only recognize flirting about thirty-six percent of...

Issues of Consent

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

In today's political climate, many of us seem to assume that college sexual misconduct cases are always cut-and-dried. Maybe you've read articles on the subject or seen documentaries like The Hunting Ground. Despite many of the inflammatory claims made by victims' rights organizations, though, th...

Addressing Hazing on Campus

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

Recent news stories serve to remind us that hazing on college campuses continues, despite its many dangers and despite the fact that college policies forbid it and, in many cases, it's against the law. A story from April 2022 describes an ongoing case at Baylor University where Pi Kappa Phi was ...

Surviving in a Cutthroat Pre-Med Culture

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you're a pre-med student, you know that pressure is the name of the game. From the intense coursework that you've been tasked with to the rampant competition between you and your peers, it may seem that you always have something to worry about. Why does it have to be this way? There are a f...

The Problems and Pitfalls of Online Exam Proctoring

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

Even before the recent years' massive shift to online learning, proctoring remote exams had its problems. Some colleges sought to monitor remote students somewhat manually, assigning TAs to watch students during tests over video cam, or requiring students to take exams at pre-determined times or...

Emotional Damages Are Not Enough for Title IX

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

In 2022, the Supreme Court delivered their decision on Cummings v. Premier Rehab Keller, P.L.L.C. In this case, the plaintiff, Jane Cummings, had signed up for physical therapy services from Premier Rehab Keller. Cummings requested Premier Rehab provide an ASL interpreter for her sessions because...

What a Rise in Cheating Might Mean for You

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

The incidence of cheating at colleges and universities has been rising at an alarming rate over the last few years. Conventional wisdom has attributed most of this rise to the pandemic, with campuses closed and students doing all of their work from home. And to be sure, the pandemic does seem to ...

Dr. Sabatini and Sticky Title IX Offenses

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 07, 2022 | 0 Comments

In April 2022, New York University Students, alumni, and professors met outside NYU to protest the faculty appointment of Dr. David Sabatini, a biologist who had been pushed out of Massachusetts Institute of Technology over sexual misconduct allegations. The hashtag #SayNoToSabatini was trending ...

A Positive Spin for Academic Probation

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

Most colleges and universities place their students on academic probation when they fall below a certain grade point average in a semester. The idea is that if a student knows they may fail out of the school and be dismissed for low grades, they will actively work to bring their grade point avera...

Contending With University Bias

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 05, 2022 | 0 Comments

Recently, Johns Hopkins University has come under fire from former graduate students who said they were forced out of their clinical mental health counseling program on the basis of race, mental health disability status, or both, and that their accommodations or level of consideration for graduat...

Do You Want to Have to Retake Your Exams?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 04, 2022 | 0 Comments

In The Chronicle of Higher Education's, “She Took Her Oral Exams. 45 Years Later, She Filed Her Dissertation,” Professor Elisa Tamarkin shared a story about a student who wanted to file her dissertation after taking a 45-year leave of absence. She'd passed her oral exams in 1969, and had also hel...

Delaying Rewrite of Title IX Policies

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 03, 2022 | 0 Comments

In early May 2022, the Department of Education stated that modifications to the Trump administration's Title IX rules on gender identity and campus sexual misconduct would be extended past the Biden deadline of April 2022. They are working on altering the rules to provide equal access and protect...

Enforcing Freedoms on Campus

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

College and university students and employees don't give up their free speech, freedom of religion, and other liberty rights simply because they are on campus. Some students may seek so-called safe places where others cannot challenge their thinking with views that they deem offensive. And accord...

Grade Inflation and Academic Issues

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 01, 2022 | 0 Comments

An Inside Higher Ed column acknowledges the trend in grade inflation across colleges and universities but argues that grade inflation is not necessarily a bad thing. The column's author is a professor at a prestigious university mostly serving suburban students with strong academic profiles. Yet ...

Responding to New Threats Against Campus Free Speech

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 31, 2022 | 0 Comments

Free speech is already under attack and limited by speech codes on college and university campuses across the nation. One nonprofit spotlight on campus free speech tracks the alarming trend. Free speech advocates have been trying to slow and reverse the free speech attacks. For example, one profe...

The State of Campus Free Speech

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

A nonprofit spotlight on campus free speech has warned for years that free speech on campus is on the decline and under attack. The First Amendment guarantees free speech against government action, and free speech is an especially important right for the personal-growth mission of higher educatio...

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