When a student is accused of sexual assault on a college campus, they are granted the right to choose an advisor to accompany them through a higher education institution's grievance processes, investigation, and hearing. Students who get the most favorable results often choose lawyers to occupy the role of an advisor. Here are some of the advantages that attorneys provide as a Title IX advisor:
Ensuring You Get a Fairer Hearing
Accusations of sexual assault are incredibly stigmatized, which means that people often times prejudge the accused before they are given a chance to defend themselves and make their case in a hearing. Anyone facing these allegations has likely experienced that the presumption of guilt invokes people to treat respondents as if they are a monster, even if the allegations have not been proven true yet. Preconceived notions become detrimental to the accused's case when figures who will ultimately dictate the fate of the accused (school administrators, staff, panel members etc.) let this unfounded presumption compromise the accused's chance of a fair hearing.
Keeping Higher Education Institutions Accountable
When an accused student hires an attorney to fulfill the role of an advisor, a legal professional's primary concern will be to ensure that a school is following all of its own rules throughout the duration of an investigation. Each school is required to have an accessible code of conduct that details the processes the school goes through when a student reports misconduct, along with the rights and protections each party involved in these cases are supposed to receive. In some circumstances, schools have been caught breaking its own rules by destroying evidence or keeping information from a respondent to speedily resolve a case. However, if the school is aware that an attorney is monitoring the decisions made by school administrators and staff, they are less likely to operate in a fashion that would warrant legal action.
Vast Knowledge of Title IX Processes
Any attorney that has previously handled cases like yours should be well-versed of the complexities of your school's Title IX's processes as well as the state and federal laws that govern this process. When you hire a legal professional to serve as an advisor, they can advise you on how to operate accordingly to your school's code of conduct. Also, a lawyer will be able to recognize when the rights that are entitled to a respondent are being undermined.
There have been previous instances of college and university staff giving respondents involved in a sexual assault case a hard time. These actions include limiting information pertaining the to the claim that is provided to a respondent or discouraging them from presenting evidence that may be relevant to their case. When a legal professional is not present in these ordeals, schools may feel as if they could get away with this unfair treatment.
Experienced Maryland Title IX Advisor
If you are a student who has been accused of sexual assault in the state of Maryland, is it imperative that you consult with an advisor who will be dedicated to fighting for your rights. Contact Title IX advisor Joseph D. Lento today.
Maryland colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your student's Title IX advisor during investigations, hearings, and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following schools:
- Bowie State University
- Capitol Technology University
- Coppin State University
- Frostburg State University
- Goucher College
- Hood College
- Johns Hopkins University
- Loyola University Maryland
- Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
- Maryland University of Integrative Health
- McDaniel College
- Morgan State University
- Mount St. Mary's University
- Notre Dame of Maryland University
- St. John's College
- St. Mary's College of Maryland
- Salisbury University
- Stevenson University
- Towson University
- United States Naval Academy (exempt from Title IX and the Clery Act)
- University of Baltimore
- University of Maryland, Baltimore
- University of Maryland, Baltimore County
- University of Maryland, College Park
- University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
- University of Maryland, University College
- University of Maryland, Biotechnology Institute
- University of Maryland, Environmental Science
- USM Hagerstown
- Universities at Shady Grove
- Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (exempt from Title IX and the Clery Act)
Title IX violations and Title IX charges can change an accused student's life if not defended against properly and as early as possible during the disciplinary process, and Joseph D. Lento has nearly a decade of experience passionately fighting for the futures of his clients at universities and colleges throughout the nation. 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 disciplinary cases in Maryland and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento today.