The federal law known as Title IX prohibits a wide range of offenses that are committed against college students, staff, and faculty. Many people are aware of this legislation as regulations that leveled the playing field for women and girls who partake in collegiate level sports. But this law addresses several other issues that students attending higher education institutions should be aware of.
Title IX and Sexual Assault
Title IX of the federal Education Amendments states that “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.”
Sexual assault, sexual harassment, or any other sex-related crimes are considered forms of gender-based discrimination in accordance with this law. This means that higher education institutions take perceived instances of this conduct incredibly seriously, and will not sweep these offenses under the rug when they are reported.
If you have been accused of sexual assault, it is important you become familiar with Title IX, and your school's method of carrying out its processes. Unfortunately, the stigma attached to sexual assault crimes - whether the accused has been found guilty or not - causes people to assume that the accused is guilty before a hearing is ever presumed. Some of the individuals who have already developed this preconceived notion about the accused may be authorities or panel members that have a respondent's fate in their hands. This assumption of guilt has been known invoke people to treat the accused as if they have committed the crime without any presentation of evidence or a verdict.
Choosing an Attorney as Your Title IX Advisor
Thankfully, Title IX, which vouches for fairness and equality in these circumstances, allows both the accused and an accuser to choose an advisor to accompany them through this stressful process. Students can pick anyone they would like to fulfill this role, however, past experiences have proven that the assistance of an attorney leads to a more favorable outcome. The presence of an experienced legal professional in the midst of these processes can positively change a student's interactions with the school, the efficiency of the investigation process and the overall outcome of a case. Attorneys also have extensive knowledge of Title IX and the way state and federal laws govern these processes. Also, there's a level of confidentiality between a client and an attorney that can not be violated. Choosing an attorney as your advisor is choosing someone who solely has your best interest in mind every step of the way.
Experienced Rhode Island Title IX Advisor
There is so much at stake for college students who are accused of sexual assault. You probably feel scared and overwhelmed with the possibility of your educational and professional future being compromised. Skilled Rhode Island Title IX Advisor Joseph D. Lento is here to help you. Contact him today.
Rhode Island 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:
- Brown University
- Bryant University
- Community College of Rhode Island
- Johnson & Wales University – Providence
- Naval War College (exempt from Title IX and the Clery Act)
- New England Institute of Technology
- Providence College
- Rhode Island College
- Rhode Island School of Design
- Roger Williams University
- Salve Regina University
- University of Rhode Island
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 Rhode Island and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento today.