Deeply Troubling Aspects of Contemporary University Disciplinary Procedures

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

The June 2022 student discipline case Vengalattore v Cornell University illustrates what federal appeals Judge Jose Cabranes has called "Star Chamber" like and "deeply troubling aspects" of college and university Title IX sexual misconduct procedures. You can still get a fair hearing to defend and defeat false and exaggerated campus sexual misconduct charges, provided you have aggressive representation from national school discipline defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's student defense team. And the positive outcome of the Vengalattore case gives further hope that court litigation can correct any unfairness in the proceeding that affects its outcome. But a winning defense against false Title IX charges may still not be easy.

The Case's Factual Allegations

The defendant in the Vengalattore case was a Cornell University assistant professor whom Cornell denied tenure and then declined to renew for appointment. The professor alleged in his successful federal lawsuit that the university never even told him that a former student had secretly accused him of Title IX sexual misconduct years earlier, leading to his tenure denial and non-renewal. The professor further alleged that he had in fact, evaluated the student poorly years earlier for incompetence and classroom misconduct, in retaliation for which the student evidently made her false complaint years later when the professor applied for tenure.

As if the university's secrecy and presumption of the professor's guilt were not enough to violate the professor's due process rights, when the student's false allegations eventually came to light, the professor alleged that the university manipulated the bare proceedings to ensure that he didn't have a full and fair hearing. The professor had not, he credibly alleged, ever had any consensual or non-consensual sexual relationship or contact with the student, whose contradictory and conveniently timed allegations were clearly to retaliate against the professor and destroy his employment. But the one-sided university "investigation" did everything to keep that evidence from affecting the predictable outcome.

A Plain Lesson to Learn

The lesson to draw from the Vengalattore case and many others like it is that ideology, interests, and agendas can tip the scale of justice against the accused in college and university Title IX sexual misconduct proceedings. But the redeeming corollary to that lesson is that highly qualified, skilled, and aggressive representation from a premier school discipline defense attorney can tip the scales back for even-handed justice. Students and staff members wrongly accused of sexual misconduct can prove a winning defense to disciplinary charges. They just have to have a truly committed and enormously skilled advocate in their corner.

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"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients nationwide. Attorney Lento and his team represent students and others in disciplinary cases and various other proceedings at colleges and universities across the United States. Attorney Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States, and when necessary, he and his team have sought justice on behalf of clients in courts across the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide, and he can help you or your student address any school-related issue or concern anywhere in the United States.


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