Defending Yourself from Sexual Misconduct Allegations at Long Island University

A sexual misconduct accusation can overwhelm you pretty quickly. Someone you know, trusted, maybe even loved, has charged you with a serious offense. Your university has begun digging into your personal life. You don't know if or when your friends are going to find out you're being investigated. You're right to be nervous, even scared.

Take a deep breath, though, and let it out. You can get through this.

Defending yourself won't be easy. Campus justice systems can be difficult to navigate. Worse, they're often weighted in favor of complainants (accusers), even if that means denying respondents (the accused) some important due process rights. The more you know about your situation, though, the better your odds of winning.

More importantly, you don't have to take on this fight all by yourself. Title IX attorney Joseph D Lento is here to help.

Title IX Cases

The very first thing you need to know is how sexual misconduct cases typically work.

All accusations at Long Island University are dealt with using guidelines laid out in a federal law known as Title IX. In simplest terms, Title IX prohibits all forms of sexual discrimination and harassment on college and university campuses. Here's a rough outline of what the law dictates.

  • All Long Island University campuses have a designated Title IX Coordinator. This person receives all complaints and decides whether or not they warrant a formal investigation.
  • If you're being investigated, you're entitled to notice of the charges against you. This notice will in