South Carolina Title IX Appeal Advisor

Title IX is a federal civil right that condemns discrimination on the basis of gender in educational institutions funded by the government. It has been implemented and enforced in most of the schools in South Carolina, including most of the state's colleges and universities. Title IX resolution processes specifically prohibit sexual harassment, sexual assault and other discriminatory acts that could potentially create a hostile environment for members of the college community.

When a student is found “responsible” for sexual misconduct after the Title IX resolution process has ensued, he or she has the right to appeal this decision.

Your Right to Appeal

The right to appeal is one of the most important rights entitled to student respondents accused under Title IX. The appellate process in school settings is designed to keep authorities accountable for the decisions they make. Title IX sanctions are notorious for being harsh. Many students found “responsible” for sexual misconduct are subject to sanctions that can derail their entire professional and academic career. With repercussions so impactful, appeals ensure that decisions made in each case are fair and correct. In order to prevent unwarranted findings, students are encouraged to utilize their right to appeal.

Questions about the appellate process and your course of action after an unfavorable situation should be discussed with a student defense attorney. A legal professional can help you write an effective and compelling appeal.

Grounds for an Appeal

Your school will only consider an appeal for review if it is based on specific grounds. These grounds are related to the issues in the logistics of the disciplinary process. An appeal is not another opportunity to continue backing your claims of innocence. The decision to appeal a determination and/or sanction hinges on how well you and your advisor can establish at least one of the following four grounds:

  • Procedural error: a vital mistake was made at some point in the disciplinary process, and it influenced the outcome of a determination and/or sanction.
  • Disproportionate sanction: the sanction(s) imposed are unduly disproportionate to the alleged violation.
  • A violation of due process rights: an institution stripped a student of their rights entitled under Title IX and school policy.
  • New evidence available: evidence that supports the case of a respondent, and would have had a substantial impact on a case outcome became available after a hearing.

Each school has its own unique submission and content appeal guidelines. To ensure that your appeal is turned in on time and is substantively eligible, check your student handbook.

South Carolina Title IX Appeal Advisor

If you are a student attending a South Carolina college or university with intentions of appealing a Title IX case outcome, you need the help of a skilled student defense attorney. Attorney Joseph D. Lento has helped students in this situation clear their name, and overturn their finding by helping them submit a compelling appeal. He has the skill, expertise, and experience to help you do the same. Contact him online or give him a call at 888-535-3686 for assistance.

  • Aiken Technical College
  • Allen University
  • Anderson University
  • Benedict College
  • Bob Jones University
  • Brown Mackie College Greenville
  • Central Carolina Technical College
  • Charleston Southern University
  • Citadel Military College of South Carolina
  • Claflin University
  • Clemson University
  • Clinton Junior College
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • Coker College
  • College of Charleston
  • Columbia College
  • Columbia International University
  • Converse College
  • Denmark Technical College
  • Erskine College and Seminary
  • Florence Darlington Technical College
  • Forrest College
  • Francis Marion University
  • Furman University
  • Golf Academy of America Myrtle Beach
  • Greenville Technical College
  • Horry Georgetown Technical College
  • ITT Technical Institute Columbia
  • ITT Technical Institute Greenville
  • ITT Technical Institute Myrtle Beach
  • ITT Technical Institute North Charleston
  • Lander University
  • Limestone College
  • Medix School Fortis College
  • Midlands Technical College
  • Miller Motte Technical College
  • Miller Motte Technical College North Charleston
  • Morris College
  • Newberry College
  • North Greenville University
  • Northeastern Technical College
  • Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College
  • Piedmont Technical College
  • Presbyterian College
  • South Carolina State University
  • South University Columbia
  • Southern Wesleyan University
  • Spartanburg Community College
  • Spartanburg Methodist College
  • Technical College of the Lowcountry
  • The Art Institute of Charleston
  • Tri County Technical College
  • Trident Technical College
  • University of Phoenix Columbia Campus
  • University of South Carolina Aiken
  • University of South Carolina Beaufort
  • University of South Carolina Columbia
  • University of South Carolina Lancaster
  • University of South Carolina Salkehatchie
  • University of South Carolina Sumter
  • University of South Carolina Union
  • University of South Carolina Upstate
  • Virginia College
  • Virginia College in Charleston
  • Virginia College Columbia
  • Virginia College Greenville
  • Voorhees College
  • W L Bonner College
  • Williamsburg Technical College
  • Winthrop University
  • Wofford College
  • York Technical College

A Title IX finding of responsibility can change an accused student's life if not properly addressed and appealed, and Joseph D. Lento has 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 South Carolina and throughout the nation.  Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento today.

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If you, or your student, are facing any kind of disciplinary action, or other negative academic sanction, and are having feelings of uncertainty and anxiety for what the future may hold, contact our offices today, and let us help secure your academic career.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations – the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Berks, Lancaster, Lehigh, and Northampton County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, In New York, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New York's 62 counties. Outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance may not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, New York, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.

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