If you attend an Oregon college or university, chances are you've worked extremely hard to get there. Attending and graduating from a higher education institution is a goal that many students have sought out to achieve since they can remember. To the majority of college students, an acceptance letter from the school of their dreams is completely worth the hard work it took to maintain grades worthy of college acceptance, study laboriously for entrance exams and become the best athlete they could to receive an athletic scholarship.
After this goal is achieved, all the sacrifices that a student made to attend a higher education institution could be made in vain if he or she is merely accused of sexual assault. The well-known mantra, “innocent until proven guilty”, does not apply to this offense. Once accusations are pinned onto a student, they are automatically presumed guilty by fellow students, professors, faculty and society overall. The only way to clear your name is to go through your school's Title IX processes and be found not guilty of these accusations.
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal civil rights law that states 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, schools educational institutions receiving federal funding (most schools) are obligated to ensure that all students, regardless of their gender, are responsible for maintaining an equitable atmosphere on their campuses. Title IX has enforced to settle a number of controversial issues in the past. Its enforcement has provided more opportunities for women athletes who wished to partake in a wide range of intercollegiate sports and it has helped make the number of respective scholarships offered to women and men proportional. But although colleges and universities have come a long way, many people still debate its intended applicability when it comes to sexual misconduct on college campuses.
How is Title IX applied to sexual misconduct cases?
Under Title IX, sexual misconduct in all of its variations - sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape etc. - are considered gender-based discrimination. This fact alone obligates schools to handle reported cases of this nature by investigating, disciplining and even assist in convicting students found responsible for sexual misconduct. If found guilty, students are subjected to repercussions such as suspension, expulsion, and even criminal penalties if charges are brought.
The advantages of choosing an attorney as your Title IX advisor
Since federal law allows you to choose an advisor, an individual that will accompany through your school's Title IX processes, it would be beneficial for you to choose an attorney. They have the legal expertise and extensive experience that you, as an accused student, need to adequately defend yourself in a hearing. Chances are you've never interviewed witnesses, made a statement, or represented yourself before. A legal professional, however, does these things for a living. With the help of an attorney, the likelihood of you receiving a favorable outcome is maximized.
Experienced Oregon Title IX Advisor
If you attend an Oregon college or university and have been accused of sexual assault, you should immediately consult with a professional dedicated to making certain your interests come first. Skilled Title IX advisor Joseph D. Lento has extensive experience handling cases similar to yours and will help you throughout this stressful ordeal. Contact him today.
Oregon 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:
- Blue Mountain Community College
- Central Oregon Community College
- Chemeketa Community College
- Clackamas Community College
- Clatsop Community College
- Columbia Gorge Community College
- Concordia University Portland
- Corban University
- DeVry University Oregon
- Eastern Oregon University
- Everest College Portland
- George Fox University
- Heald College Portland
- ITT Technical Institute Portland
- Klamath Community College
- Lane Community College
- Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Portland
- Lewis & Clark College
- Linfield College McMinnville Campus
- Linn Benton Community College
- Marylhurst University
- Mount Angel Seminary
- Mt Hood Community College
- Multnomah University
- New Hope Christian College
- Northwest Christian University
- Oregon Coast Community College
- Oregon College of Art and Craft
- Oregon Institute of Technology
- Oregon State University
- Pacific Northwest College of Art
- Pacific University
- Pioneer Pacific College
- Portland Community College
- Portland State University
- Reed College
- Rogue Community College
- Sanford Brown College Portland
- Southern Oregon University
- Southwestern Oregon Community College
- The Art Institute of Portland
- Tillamook Bay Community College
- Treasure Valley Community College
- Umpqua Community College
- University of Oregon
- University of Phoenix Oregon Campus
- University of Portland
- University of Western States
- Warner Pacific College
- Western Oregon University
- Willamette 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 Oregon and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento today.