How can I help my child prepare for a college sexual misconduct hearing in Pennsylvania? VIDEO

Preparing your child for a university sexual misconduct hearing in Pennsylvania needs to take place as early as possible in the process. As soon as the college university notifies the accused student of the allegations against him or her, you have to bear in mind the prospect of a hearing taking place. When the accused student, the respondent, that is, when they respond to the allegations it needs to be done as effectively as possible because it will be challenged over the hearing process.

Anything that would support the respondent's version of events needs to be presented to the school at the appropriate time. Witness and witness statements, documentary evidence, expert reports may need to be obtained. Prior to the hearing taking place an investigation report will be prepared and will be presented to the hearing panel. The hearing panel review that and it will have a good understanding of the case before the hearing even takes place. That's why it's critical that the investigation report be as strong as possible.

For purposes of the hearing itself an opening and closing statement needs to be prepared. Questions for the witnesses, the complainant, the respondent, the supporting witnesses would all need to be prepared, including applicable cross-examination questions. There also has to be accountability and oversight for the hearing process and the hearing panel. An experienced attorney advisor will be your son or daughter's best ally if they're facing a university sexual misconduct hearing in Pennsylvania.

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

  • ALBRIGHT COLLEGE
  • ALLEGHENY COLLEGE
  • ALVERNIA UNIVERSITY
  • ARCADIA UNIVERSITY
  • BRYN MAWR COLLEGE
  • BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY
  • BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
  • CABRINI UNIVERSITY
  • CAIRN UNIVERSITY
  • CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • CARLOW UNIVERSITY
  • CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
  • CEDAR CREST COLLEGE
  • CENTRAL PENN COLLEGE
  • CHATHAM UNIVERSITY
  • CHESTNUT HILL COLLEGE
  • CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY
  • CLARION UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • DELAWARE VALLEY UNIVERSITY
  • DESALES UNIVERSITY
  • DICKINSON COLLEGE
  • DREXEL UNIVERSITY
  • DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY
  • EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • EASTERN UNIVERSITY
  • EDINBORO UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE
  • FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE
  • GANNON UNIVERSITY
  • GENEVA COLLEGE
  • GETTYSBURG COLLEGE
  • GROVE CITY COLLEGE
  • GWYNEDD MERCY COLLEGE
  • HARCUM COLLEGE
  • HAVERFORD COLLEGE
  • HOLY FAMILY UNIVERSITY
  • IMMACULATA UNIVERSITY
  • INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • JUNIATA COLLEGE
  • KEYSTONE COLLEGE
  • KING'S COLLEGE
  • KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • LACKAWANNA COLLEGE
  • LAFAYETTE COLLEGE
  • LAKE ERIE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
  • LA ROCHE COLLEGE
  • LASALLE UNIVERSITY
  • LEBANON VALLEY COLLEGE
  • LEHIGH UNIVERSITY
  • LINCOLN UNIVERSITY
  • LOCK HAVEN UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • LYCOMING COLLEGE
  • MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY
  • MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY
  • MESSIAH COLLEGE
  • MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY
  • MORAVIAN COLLEGE
  • MOUNT ALOYSIUS COLLEGE
  • MUHLENBERG COLLEGE
  • NEUMANN UNIVERSITY
  • PEIRCE COLLEGE
  • PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
  • PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
  • PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY
  • POINT PARK UNIVERSITY
  • ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY
  • ROSEMONT COLLEGE
  • SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY
  • SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY
  • SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE
  • SETON HILL UNIVERSITY
  • SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY
  • SWARTHMORE UNIVERSITY
  • TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
  • THIEL COLLEGE
  • THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY
  • UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
  • UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS
  • UNIVERSITY OF THE SCIENCES
  • UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON
  • URSINUS COLLEGE
  • VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
  • WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE
  • WAYNESBURG UNIVERSITY
  • WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • WESTMINSTER COLLEGE
  • WIDENER UNIVERSITY
  • WILKES UNIVERSITY
  • YORK COLLEGE OF PENNSYLVANIA

It is critical to make certain the college sexual misconduct investigation at your Pennsylvania school is handled properly and that the accused student's interests are protected from as early as possible during the sexual misconduct investigative process.  One major reason is because even at colleges and universities 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 college sexual misconduct 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 at college.  Some people will mistakenly believe that if they "just explain what happened," their college or university 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 cases would not exist.

Fighting passionately for the future of his clients at universities and colleges throughout the nation for many years, 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 New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York, is admitted as an attorney pro hac vice in state and federal court if needed when representing clients nationwide, and serves as a college sexual misconduct advisor to students and others in academia facing sexual misconduct investigations and Title IX disciplinary cases in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National College Sexual Misconduct Attorney Joseph D. Lento today at 888-535-3686 or by completing our online form.

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