Defense for Title IX Investigations in Ohio

Colleges and universities that are funded by the government must adjudicate all allegations of sexual misconduct committed by and/or against students under Title IX. When resolving these incidents, schools are required to conduct an investigation. The investigation is a very important part of the administrative process, as it is used to determine if there was a violation of policy.

The Role of an Advisor

Individuals who bring allegations (complainants) and individuals who must respond to said allegations (respondents) are afforded the right to choose a person to serve as their advisor. The duty of an advisor is to assist these parties throughout the Title IX process. This right is extended because the Title IX process can be confusing, and both parties will need ample support from beginning to end. Respondents especially must understand that choosing the right advisor can make all the difference when it comes to achieving a favorable case outcome.

The Benefits of Choosing an Attorney as Your Title IX Advisor

Respondents can choose anyone they would like to be their advisor. In order to maximize the likelihood of success, it is critical that respondents choose an attorney. An experienced attorney understands the ins and outs of this process and knows how to navigate it. They will also be able to pinpoint mistreatment and unfairness in ways that you may not even notice. If you want your rights to be protected, choosing an attorney is a must. 

The Title IX Process

Here is a general overview of the process that is conducted in the majority of Ohio colleges and universities:

  • A complaint is filed: Ohio colleges and universities encourage all members of the campus community to report any rumored, witnessed, or experienced instances of alleged sexual misconduct. Therefore, a report can be filed by virtually anyone, from “victims” and spectators to school staff.
  • Interim measures: Once a complaint is filed, the school's main concern becomes keeping complainants and other students and staff on campus safe. In some circumstances, the school may implement interim measures to deter retaliation. These measures include issuing a no-contact order, changing housing arrangements, class, and job scheduling charges, and even restricting areas of campus. All in an effort to minimize contact between respondents and complainants.
  • The investigation: A formal internal investigation will be carried out by an investigator. During this period, complainants, respondents, witnesses and other relevant parties will be thoroughly interviewed for the purposes of gathering information. Once the investigation has concluded, the investigator will document the facts that were collected and comprise a “finding.”
  • The hearing: this is the last opportunity for both sides to share their account of what occurred at schools which use a hearing to decide sexual misconduct cases. A panel will consider the information and findings from the investigation, testimony, witness accounts and the final statements that are presented at the hearing in deliberation. Based on this information, the panel will come up with a determination and recommended sanctions.
  • Sanctioning: If the panel reveals that a respondent is “responsible” for violating Title IX, they will impose a sanction. Common sanctions for this misconduct include, treatment programs, scholarship removals, suspension, and expulsion.
  • Appeals: An appeal is a request for a school to reconsider its decision based on an error made at some point during the process. If any party is dissatisfied with the outcome of an investigation, a determination, or a recommended sanction, he or she has the right to file an appeal.

Ohio Title IX Advisor

If you attend an Ohio college or university and are facing sexual misconduct allegations, it is crucial you contact an attorney. For students who haven't been through this process before, it can be confusing and scary. Preparation is the key to favorable results. Skilled legal professional Joseph D. Lento has extensive experience preparing respondents for the investigation and the entire Title IX process. Contact him today for help.

Ohio colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your student's Title IX advisor during sexual misconduct investigations (and also hearings and appeals) include, but are not limited to, the following schools:

  • Allegheny Wesleyan College
  • American Institute of Alternative Medicine
  • Antonelli College Cincinnati
  • Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • Ashland University
  • ATS Institute of Technology
  • Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Baldwin Wallace College
  • Beckfield College Tri County
  • Belmont Technical College
  • Bluffton University
  • Bowling Green State University Firelands
  • Bowling Green State University Main Campus
  • Bradford School
  • Brown Mackie College Akron
  • Brown Mackie College Cincinnati
  • Brown Mackie College Findlay
  • Brown Mackie College North Canton
  • Bryant & Stratton College Cleveland
  • Bryant and Stratton College Eastlake
  • Bryant and Stratton College Parma
  • Capital University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cedarville University
  • Central Ohio Technical College
  • Central State University
  • Chamberlain College of Nursing Ohio
  • Chancellor University
  • Chatfield College
  • Cincinnati Christian University
  • Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • Clark State Community College
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Cleveland State University
  • College of Mount St. Joseph
  • Columbus College of Art and Design
  • Columbus State Community College
  • Cuyahoga Community College District
  • Davis College
  • Daymar College Chillicothe
  • Daymar College Jackson
  • Daymar College Lancaster
  • Daymar College New Boston
  • Defiance College
  • Denison University
  • DeVry University Ohio
  • Eastern Gateway Community College
  • Edison State Community College
  • ETI Technical College
  • Fortis College Centeville
  • Fortis College Cincinnati
  • Fortis College Columbus
  • Fortis College Cuyahoga Falls
  • Fortis College Ravenna
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Franklin University
  • Gallipolis Career College
  • Gods Bible School and College
  • Good Samaritan College of Nursing & Health Science
  • Harrison College Grove City
  • Heidelberg University
  • Herzing University Akron Campus
  • Herzing University Toledo
  • Hiram College
  • Hocking College
  • Hondros College
  • International College of Broadcasting
  • ITT Technical Institute Akron
  • ITT Technical Institute Columbus
  • ITT Technical Institute Dayton
  • ITT Technical Institute Hilliard
  • ITT Technical Institute Maumee
  • ITT Technical Institute Norwood
  • ITT Technical Institute Strongsville
  • ITT Technical Institute Warrensville Heights
  • ITT Technical Institute Youngstown
  • James A Rhodes State College
  • John Carroll University
  • Kent State University at Ashtabula
  • Kent State University at East Liverpool
  • Kent State University at Geauga
  • Kent State University at Kent
  • Kent State University at Salem
  • Kent State University at Stark
  • Kent State University at Trumbull
  • Kent State University at Tuscarawas
  • Kenyon College
  • Kettering College of Medical Arts
  • Lake Erie College
  • Lakeland Community College
  • Lincoln College of Technology Cleveland
  • Lincoln College of Technology Columbus
  • Lincoln College of Technology Dayton
  • Lincoln College of Technology Franklin LCT
  • Lincoln College of Technology Toledo
  • Lincoln College of Technology Tri County
  • Lincoln College of Technology Vine Street
  • Lorain County Community College
  • Lourdes University
  • Malone University
  • Marietta College
  • Marion Technical College
  • Mercy College of Ohio
  • Miami University
  • Miami University Hamilton
  • Miami University Middletown
  • Miami Jacobs Career College
  • Miami Jacobs Career College Columbus
  • Miami Jacobs Career College Dayton
  • Miami Jacobs Career College Sharonville
  • Miami Jacobs Career College Springboro
  • Miami Jacobs Career College Troy
  • Mount Carmel College of Nursing
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Muskingum University
  • National College Cincinnati
  • National College Columbus
  • National College Dayton
  • National College Stow
  • National College Willoughby Hills
  • National College Youngstown
  • North Central State College
  • Northwest State Community College
  • Notre Dame College
  • Oberlin College
  • Ohio Business College Columbus
  • Ohio Business College Sandusky
  • Ohio Business College Sheffield
  • Ohio Christian University
  • Ohio College of Massotherapy Inc
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio Mid Western College
  • Ohio Northern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute
  • Ohio State University Lima Campus
  • Ohio State University Mansfield Campus
  • Ohio State University Marion Campus
  • Ohio State University Newark Campus
  • Ohio University Chillicothe Campus
  • Ohio University Eastern Campus
  • Ohio University Lancaster Campus
  • Ohio University Main Campus
  • Ohio University Southern Campus
  • Ohio University Zanesville Campus
  • Ohio Valley College of Technology
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Otterbein University
  • Owens Community College
  • Pontifical College Josephinum
  • Professional Skills Institute
  • Rabbinical College Telshe
  • Remington College Cleveland Campus
  • Remington College Cleveland West Campus
  • Rosedale Bible College
  • Sanford Brown College Middleburg Heights,
  • School of Advertising Art Inc.
  • Shawnee State University
  • Sinclair Community College
  • Southern State Community College
  • Stark State College
  • Stautzenberger College Brecksville
  • Stautzenberger College Maumee
  • Terra State Community College
  • The Art Institute of Cincinnati
  • The Art Institute of Ohio Cincinnati
  • The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • The College of Wooster
  • The University of Findlay
  • Tiffin University
  • Tri State Bible College
  • Trumbull Business College
  • Union Institute & University
  • University of Akron Main Campus
  • University of Akron Wayne College
  • University of Cincinnati Clermont College
  • University of Cincinnati Main Campus
  • University of Cincinnati Raymond Walters College
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Mount Union
  • University of Northwestern Ohio
  • University of Phoenix Cincinnati Campus
  • University of Phoenix Cleveland Campus
  • University of Phoenix Columbus Ohio Campus
  • University of Rio Grande
  • University of Toledo
  • Urbana University
  • Ursuline College
  • Vatterott College Cleveland
  • Virginia Marti College of Art and Design
  • Walsh University
  • Washington State Community College
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wilmington College
  • Wittenberg University
  • Wright State University Lake Campus
  • Wright State University Main Campus
  • Xavier University
  • Youngstown State University
  • Zane State College

It is critical to make certain the Title IX investigation at your college or university is handled properly and that the accused student's or employee's interests are protected from as early as possible during the sexual misconduct investigative process.  One major reason is because even at schools where a finding of responsibility for sexual misconduct charges is made at a hearing, the investigation will set the stage for what the hearing panel is provided prior to a hearing (and what the hearing panel will in large part rely on at a hearing), and at schools where the finding of responsibility is made solely through the investigative process, what takes place during the investigation itself will determine whether the accused is found responsible or not responsible for Title IX charges.

Unfortunately, some students, families, and college employees make the mistake of not taking the necessary precautions as soon as possible when accused of sexual misconduct.  Some people will mistakenly believe that if they "just explain what happened," their school will be fair and impartial and will arrive at the truth.  In a perfect world this may be the case, but in a perfect world, sexual misconduct and Title IX charges would not exist. 

Fighting passionately for the future of his clients at universities and colleges throughout the nation for a decade, Joseph D. Lento knows how important it is to mount the strongest defense because he understands that an accused's academic and professional future is on the line. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph Lento is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is admitted as an attorney pro hac vice in state and federal court if needed when representing clients nationwide, and serves as a Title IX advisor and educational consultant to students facing sexual misconduct investigations and disciplinary cases in Ohio and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento today.

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