Title IX Attorney to File OCR Complaint in Mississippi

Title IX is a federal civil rights law prohibiting sexual discrimination at all schools receiving federal funding. When a school is made aware of an allegation such as sexual misconduct they are required to investigate by collecting evidence and holding a hearing where a judgment is issued. Violators may potentially face harsh penalties such as suspension or expulsion. These incidents often are further complicated due to alcohol consumption at the time and many of the accused report the school rushed through the investigation with minimal consideration for their rights. Violators have a right to approach the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) with a complaint for a possible reinvestigation of the matter from an independent perspective. It is highly recommended that students considering an OCR complaint first consult with an attorney. Joseph D. Lento is an attorney who will aggressively defend students in Mississippi in these actions.

University of Mississippi Facing Two Related Lawsuits (2018)

The Daily Mississippian reported on a lawsuit recently filed by the plaintiff “Andrew Doe” against theUniversity of Mississippi, which claims the school showed gender bias in a Title IX investigation that found him “responsible” for misconduct. The University Judicial Council concluded that Doe demonstrated sexual misconduct and suspended him for one year. He then unsuccessfully appealed the ruling and his penalty was increased to expulsion from the school. This is the second of two similar lawsuits brought against the university this year. In this other matter involving plaintiff “John Doe”, the school is alleged to have denied him “basic procedural due process”. Mississippi Facing Two Related Lawsuits (2018) Title IX Violations in Mississippi

Title IX Violations in Mississippi

Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations outlines the specific provisions within Title IX. Other similar civil rights laws include:

  • Title VI: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 regarding discrimination based on race, color, and origin
  • Section 504: The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 regarding discrimination based on disabilities
  • Title II: The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • The Age Discrimination Act of 1975

School Investigation & Appeals Process

After analyzing the evidence and questioning parties involved the school will reach a conclusion of findings. If the school determines the student did violate the rules, the student is entitled to an appeal of the decision. If this appeal fails an OCR complaint must be filed within 180 days. Those who fail to meet this 180-day deadline must first present sufficient documentation to justify the cause of the delay prior to being eligible to file a complaint.

OCR Complaint Considerations

After a failed appeal, a student wishing to pursue an OCR complaint should consult with an attorney who is familiar with this area of legal practice. The OCR complaint must be convincing enough for the agency to consider taking action and they also must confirm that the matter falls within the scope of their legal authority.

Benefits of Retaining a Lawyer for an OCR Compliant

Having an experienced attorney on your side will be to your benefit. The OCR provides a template that may be used to format the complaint or it may be submitted in the form of a letter. Your attorney will assist you in constructing a letter that is more likely to be effective. Those who wish to file a complaint beyond the 180-day deadline will also benefit from having their attorney put this waiver request in writing.

Attorney Defends Students in Title IX Violations in Mississippi

At the Lento Law Firm, we understand the investigations conducted in response to allegations of sexual misconduct are often done haphazardly and without regard for the rights of the accused. Title IX violators may be subjected to sanctions and penalties that have difficult consequences. We encourage those needing legal assistance with these matters in Mississippi to contact Joseph D. Lento at (888) 535-3686 or online.

Mississippi colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your

  • Acadiana Technical College Lafayette Campus
  • Baton Rouge College
  • Baton Rouge Community College
  • Blue Cliff College Alexandria
  • Blue Cliff College Houma
  • Blue Cliff College Metairie
  • Blue Cliff College Shreveport
  • Bossier Parish Community College
  • Capital Area Technical College Baton Rouge Campus
  • Career Technical College Shreveport
  • Centenary College of Louisiana
  • Central Louisiana Technical College Alexandria Campus
  • Court Reporting Institute of Louisiana
  • Delgado Community College
  • Delta School of Business and Technology
  • Dillard University
  • Grambling State University
  • Herzing University Kenner
  • ITT Technical Institute Baton Rouge
  • ITT Technical Institute Saint Rose
  • L E Fletcher Technical Community College
  • Louisiana College
  • Louisiana Delta Community College Monroe Campus
  • Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
  • Louisiana State University Eunice
  • Louisiana State University Alexandria
  • Louisiana State University Shreveport
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • McCann School of Business & Technology Monroe
  • McNeese State University
  • Medvance Institute Baton Rouge
  • Nicholls State University
  • Northeast Louisiana Technical College Delta Ouachita Campus
  • Northshore Technical Community College
  • Northwest Louisiana Technical College
  • Northwestern State University of Louisiana
  • Nunez Community College
  • Our Lady of Holy Cross College
  • Our Lady of the Lake College
  • Remington College Baton Rouge Campus
  • Remington College Lafayette Campus
  • Remington College Shreveport Campus
  • River Parishes Community College
  • Saint Joseph Seminary College
  • South Central Louisiana Technical College Young Memorial Campus
  • South Louisiana Community College
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Southern University and A & M College
  • Southern University at New Orleans
  • Southern University at Shreveport
  • Sowela Technical Community College
  • Tulane University of Louisiana
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • University of Louisiana Monroe
  • University of New Orleans
  • University of Phoenix Baton Rouge
  • University of Phoenix Lafayette
  • University of Phoenix Louisiana Campus
  • University of Phoenix Shreveport Bossier
  • Virginia College
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

Students and parents at times do not realize until after a finding of responsibility and the imposition of adverse sanctions that sexual misconduct allegations at college can result in severe consequences academically and professionally and in the short and long-term.  The earlier the necessary steps are taken to address a Title IX case, the better, because these are cases that can be won at the school-level.  There are times, however, that the help of the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (DOE-OCR) is needed and Joseph D. Lento has a decade of experience passionately fighting for the futures of his clients at colleges and universities throughout the nation and has helped many clients seek recourse with the DOE-OCR.  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 who helps students in Mississippi with DOE-OCR Title IX complaints, 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 to students facing disciplinary cases in Mississippi 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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If you, or your student, are facing any kind of disciplinary action, or other negative academic sanction, and are having feelings of uncertainty and anxiety for what the future may hold, contact the Lento Law Firm today, and let us help secure your academic career.

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