What You Should Know If You Are a Medical Student Accused of Sexual Assault

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 08, 2018 | 0 Comments

Preparation for medical school begins as early as high school. It is at this time that the majority of medical students have decided that they are going to commit to the incredibly long and rigorous journey to practice medicine. Students spend many years in school acquiring the skills to become a professional. They must first conquer undergrad, then attend medical school for four years, and complete three to seven years of residency to ultimately practice.

When students get to medical school, their goal of practicing begins to materialize. In just a few years, they'll be out in the field working as actual professionals. The worst fear of most medical school attendees is getting that far and to fail, wasting the precious time, energy, and money they've invested in their future.

Merely being accused of sexual misconduct in medical school exposes students to harsh repercussions. Every year, some medical students experience what it feels like for their entire academic and professional career to be put in jeopardy. Students who feel that they are innocent, and are facing claims that have been fabricated or exaggerated need to make all the right decisions. For the purposes of this article, I will give you some insight as to what's at stake, and the resources that are available to help you put this situation behind you.

Sanctions can impede your education

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sexual misconduct - sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence etc. In compliance with this law, your school is required resolve complaints concerning alleged violations of this nature. Once accused of sexual misconduct, you will be cast into the middle of what's known as the Title IX adjudication process. It entails a supposed in-depth investigation and a hearing. At the end of this process, the institution will either deem you “responsible” or not responsible for a violation of Title IX policy.

Title IX sanctions are known for being incredibly severe. If found responsible, medical students have been subjected to no less than a semester and year-long suspensions and expulsion. All repercussions that will completely derail a medical student's academic plans.

Disciplinary action could affect your career

If you're found responsible, and your medical school deems it appropriate document this violation on your academic record, it could inhibit your chances of getting into another medical school, and limit potential career prospects. Having a clean disciplinary record is essential to having a successful career in the medical field. The field, and medical school as well, place a large emphasis on integrity. They will assess your background with a fine tooth comb when selecting applicants for admission and employment. If you have an instance of sexual misconduct marked on your record, their intolerance for said misconduct will be low, making it more difficult for you to continue to pursue this field of work.

You need a student defense attorney

The only way to make sure your voice is heard and your rights are upheld is to retain a student defense attorney. National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento has the skill, experience, and expertise to help you preserve your entitled rights under Title IX and your school's policy. For a case evaluation or more information about his representation, contact him online or give him a call at 888-535-3686 today.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients nationwide. Mr. Lento represents students and others in disciplinary cases and other proceedings at colleges and universities across the United States. Mr. Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States, and when necessary, he has sought justice on behalf of clients in courts across the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide, and he can help you or your student address school-related issues and concerns anywhere in the United States.


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