Students who are facing sexual misconduct allegations at schools that receive federal funding will have to be compliant with the processes listed in their school's Title IX policy.
The Advantages of Selecting an Attorney as Your Title IX Advisor
Federal law allows both the accused and the accuser to choose an advisor to accompany them through these processes. If you have been accused of sexual misconduct and have yet to select an advisor, here are some reasons why you should pick an attorney:
In most cases, your school will recommend that you choose their advisor. They will insist that this advisor has underwent Title IX training and completely understands the law's complexities. However, what a school omits from this conversation is that this person is an employee of the institution.The school is giving them a paycheck, which means their loyalty lies with the college or university. Any information that you disclose to them could be used at the school's disposal in a hearing or even a criminal trial if charges are brought. When you choose an attorney, you are choosing someone who has a common interest with you: ensuring that your rights are protected and that you are treated fairly throughout your school's Title IX processes.
A lawyer, with all of his or her expertise and trial experience, will also be able to help prepare you for the processes that will be carried out. Before the investigation commences, you will likely be asked to meet with your school's Title IX coordinator to make a statement, which details your account of the perceived sexual misconduct. This statement is an important part of the equation. Everything you do after you make that statement must be consistent with it, meaning that your evidence, your witnesses, and the answers to the questions that will be posed so you must support it. With the help of an attorney, you will be able to defend yourself in a way that is effective and consistent with your version of events.
It's important to remember that you, as an accused student, are not entitled the same rights that a defendant in the criminal justice system would have. Oftentimes, students are given minimal protections by the school and are disadvantaged by the way Title IX is applied to their case. Although you may have access to your school's processes in your school's code of conduct, you probably don't understand how to object to your school's mistreatment when you believe that you are being treated unfairly. However, an attorney has the authority to send a “litigation hold” letter to your school in an effort to deter this behavior. The notice informs institutions that a student can and will take legal action if it is discovered that a school is being unfair. Having a lawyer present during these processes sends an indirect message to the school that says you will not be mistreated or denied your shot at adequately defending yourself.
Experienced Mississippi Title IX Advisor
If you attend a Mississippi university or college and are facing allegations of sexual misconduct, you should consult with a professional dedicated to protecting your interests. Skilled attorney and Title IX advisor Joseph D. Lento is here to help you through this. Contact him today.
Mississippi 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:
- Alcorn State University
- Antonelli College Hattiesburg
- Antonelli College Jackson
- Belhaven University
- Blue Cliff College Gulfport
- Blue Mountain College
- Coahoma Community College
- Copiah Lincoln Community College
- Delta State University
- East Central Community College
- East Mississippi Community College
- Hinds Community College
- Holmes Community College
- Itawamba Community College
- ITT Technical Institute Madison
- Jackson State University
- Jones County Junior College
- Meridian Community College
- Miller Motte Technical College Gulfport
- Millsaps College
- Mississippi College
- Mississippi Delta Community College
- Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
- Mississippi State University
- Mississippi University for Women
- Mississippi Valley State University
- Northeast Mississippi Community College
- Northwest Mississippi Community College
- Pearl River Community College
- Rust College
- Southeastern Baptist College
- Southwest Mississippi Community College
- Tougaloo College
- University of Mississippi
- University of Phoenix Jackson Campus
- University of Southern Mississippi
- Virginia College Biloxi
- William Carey University
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 future 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 Mississippi and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento today.