What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal civil rights law that provides the following:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Basically, the law forbids the of gender-based discriminatory acts committed by or against students, staff, and faculty in federally funded educational institutions. Title IX, in all of its versatility, has been applied to a number of controversial issues that have arisen in colleges and universities, and its enforcement has made them the relatively equitable institutions that they are today. However, over the past few years, its applicability and effectiveness have been questioned when it comes to one ongoing contentious issue: sexual misconduct on college campuses.
The Advantages of Choosing an Attorney as Your Title IX Advisor
Federal law allows accused students to choose anyone they would like as an advisor. This person's role is to accompany and assist them through their school's Title IX processes.
If you have been accused of sexual assault and have yet to choose an advisor, here are some reasons why you should consider picking an attorney to occupy this role:
An attorney will not disclose confidential information
In some cases, schools will attempt to recommend you their school appointed Title IX advisor. An entire spiel about the extensive training and experience this individual has will be pitched to you, and it may sound good at first. But you should take into account the facts that school authorities may be omitting. A majority of the time, these advisors are employed by the school, which means that they have the incentive to disclose information regarding your case to use against you in a hearing, or more importantly, in a criminal trial if charges are brought. Oftentimes, they do not abide by a confidentiality clause that prohibits them from revealing information you've confided in them. A legal professional, however, does not profit from disclosing personal information. You and an attorney share a common interest: the need to protect your rights and to provide you with an adequate shot of defending yourself.
An attorney will prepare you for a hearing
You, as an accused student, are tasked with several tasks that will determine the outcome of the case. The first of these endeavors is making a statement. Before an investigation ensues, you will be asked to provide a statement to your school's Title IX coordinator. This statement should consist of details concerning your account of the perceived sexual assault. Once this statement is recorded, it will become a huge part of the equation since it will be referenced numerous times throughout the processes. Everything you do from there on out should be both be consistent and supportive of that statement. There is a high likelihood that you have never done this before, and could unintentionally incriminate yourself in the midst of these processes. But if you choose an attorney as your advisor, they can use the legal expertise and trial experience that they exercise every single day to help you maintain a narrative that is consistent and effective.
Experienced Montana Title IX Advisor
If you attend a Montana college or university and have been accused of sexual assault, you should immediately consult with a knowledgeable professional. Skilled Title IX advisor Joseph D. Lento understands how you are feeling and has helped many people in your predicament before. Contact him today.
Montana 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:
- Blackfeet Community College
- Carroll College
- Chief Dull Knife College
- Dawson Community College
- Flathead Valley Community College
- Fort Belknap College
- Fort Peck Community College
- Little Big Horn College
- Miles Community College
- Montana State University
- Montana State University Billings
- Montana State University Great Falls College of Technology
- Montana State University Northern
- Montana Tech of the University of Montana
- Montana Tech College of Technology
- Rocky Mountain College
- Salish Kootenai College
- Stone Child College
- The University of Montana
- The University of Montana Western
- University of Great Falls
- University of Montana Helena College of Technology
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 Montana and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento today.