Student-Athletes Accused of Title IX in Georgia

Title IX of the Education Amendments is a federal law that prohibits gender-based discrimination in higher education. Ever since its enactment in 1972, it's been applied in a wide span of gender-related intercollegiate issues. But recently, it's commonly referenced in cases involving a more pervasive form of gender discrimination: sexual misconduct.

A “respondent” in a Title IX matter is a person who has been accused of sexual misconduct. There's an unshakeable stigma that comes with being a respondent in these cases that often warrants premature judgment and mistreatment. Being a student-athlete who also happens to be a respondent adds another layer of complexity to an already difficult process. To successfully navigate your school's process as a student-athlete respondent, you absolutely need the help of an attorney-advisor. Here's why.

There's a Possibility You'll Lose Your Scholarship

College students who've earned sports scholarships know better than anyone about the blood, sweat, and tears that go into becoming an exceptional athlete. To be great, you have to be dedicated. And you've likely dedicated countless hours of your time to training, conditioning and honing your skills to dominate in your sport. But despite training hard enough to earn a college athletic scholarship, it's important you understand that these scholarships are contingent upon certain conditions. What most student-athletes learn (the hard way) is that it's actually pretty easy for an athletic scholarship to slip through your fingers. 

All it takes is one false accusation. In the past, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has been under fire for going too easy on college athletes with a history of sexual violence. But pressure from lobbyists and advocacy groups has now prompted the association to crack down on athletes who are found responsible for sexual misconduct by barring them from receiving and maintaining athletic scholarships. With your scholarship at stake, it's in your best interest to get the help of a legal representative.

College Athletes are More Likely To Be Named as Respondents in Complaints 

According to an analysis by ESPN television program, Outside the Lines, college athletes are three times more likely than other students to be accused of sexual misconduct at Power 5 conference schools. The data provided that about 6.3% of Title IX complaints against students - whether the complaint resulted in a formal investigation or not - involved an athlete as the person accused of wrongdoing. Whether or not the student-athletes were found “responsible” for these accusations were not included in the study.

The findings of this analysis may not be all too surprising given the countless number of high-profile cases of sexual misconduct that have surfaced involving very prominent student-athletes. Nonetheless, this information should compel you to ensure that the adjudication process is as fair as it could possibly be. You can only guarantee fairness and due process with the guidance of an experienced attorney advisor.

You Might Be Suspended Pending an Investigation

Higher education institutions are big on integrity. This is why colleges and universities don't hesitate to bring down the hammer when their students acquire criminal charges. Take the UCLA shoplifting scandal that surfaced in 2017. Freshman athletes LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were suspended indefinitely immediately after allegations of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store while in China. But when it comes to Title IX investigations, the response of Georgia institutions are ironically harder to gauge. 

Without a specific uniform protocol, third parties like coaches and athletic directors have the discretion to make decisions that can affect your athletic career. It would be nice to think that these decisions are being made with your best interest in mind, but that is rarely the case. Whether or not you play may or may not be motivated by the desire of an athletic coach to maintain a scandal-free program. 

Some schools have limited the freedom of athletic figures like coaches and directors by creating rules that solely allow administrators and deans to impose interim measures. This is why understanding your school's rules regarding your eligibility to play is important. 

Are You a Student-Athlete At a Georgia Institution Who's Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct? Contact the Lento Law Firm

The only way to make sure your voice is heard and that your rights are protected in a Title IX investigation in Georgia to retain a student defense attorney. The assistance of an attorney-advisor is invaluable in the Title IX process, especially for student-athlete respondents. Attorney Joseph D. Lento has the skill and expertise to help you effectively navigate the process. For a case evaluation or for more information about his representation, contact him online or give him a call at 888-535-3686 today.

Georgia colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your student athlete's Title IX advisor during investigations, hearings, and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following schools:

  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
  • Agnes Scott College
  • Albany State University
  • Albany Technical College
  • Altamaha Technical College
  • American InterContinental University Atlanta
  • Andrew College
  • Argosy University Atlanta
  • Armstrong State University
  • Athens Technical College
  • Atlanta Metropolitan College
  • Atlanta Technical College
  • Augusta State University
  • Augusta Technical College
  • Bainbridge College
  • Bauder College
  • Berry College
  • Beulah Heights University
  • Brenau University
  • Brewton Parker College
  • Brown College of Court Reporting
  • Brown Mackie College Atlanta
  • Carver Bible College
  • Central Georgia Technical College
  • Chattahoochee Technical College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Clayton State University
  • College of Coastal Georgia
  • Columbus State University
  • Columbus Technical College
  • Covenant College
  • Dalton State College
  • Darton College
  • DeVry University Georgia
  • East Georgia College
  • Emmanuel College
  • Emory University
  • Everest Institute Norcross
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Fortis College
  • Gainesville State College
  • Georgia Christian University
  • Georgia College & State University
  • Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Georgia Highlands College
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus
  • Georgia Military College Atlanta Campus
  • Georgia Military College Augusta Campus
  • Georgia Military College Columbus Campus
  • Georgia Military College Milledgeville Campus
  • Georgia Military College Valdosta Campus
  • Georgia Military College Warner Robins Campus
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Georgia Perimeter College
  • Georgia Piedmont Technical College
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia Southwestern State University
  • Georgia State University
  • Gordon College
  • Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service
  • Gwinnett College Lilburn
  • Gwinnett Technical College
  • Herzing University Atlanta
  • Interactive College of Technology Chamblee
  • ITT Technical Institute Atlanta
  • ITT Technical Institute Duluth
  • ITT Technical Institute Kennesaw
  • Kennesaw State University
  • LaGrange College
  • Lanier Technical College
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Atlanta
  • Life University
  • Luther Rice University
  • Macon State College
  • Mercer University
  • Middle Georgia College
  • Middle Georgia Technical College
  • Miller Motte Technical College
  • Miller Motte Technical College Columbus
  • Miller Motte Technical College Macon
  • Morehouse College
  • Moultrie Technical College
  • North Georgia College & State University
  • North Georgia Technical College
  • Oconee Fall Line Technical College
  • Ogeechee Technical College
  • Oglethorpe University
  • Okefenokee Technical College
  • Paine College
  • Piedmont College
  • Point University
  • Reinhardt University
  • Sanford Brown College Atlanta
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Savannah State University
  • Savannah Technical College
  • Shorter University
  • Shorter University College of Adult & Professional Programs
  • South Georgia College
  • South Georgia Technical College
  • South University Savannah
  • South University Savannah Online
  • Southeastern Technical College
  • Southern Crescent Technical College
  • Southern Polytechnic State University
  • Southwest Georgia Technical College
  • Spelman College
  • The Art Institute of Atlanta
  • Thomas University
  • Toccoa Falls College
  • Truett McConnell College
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Phoenix Atlanta Campus
  • University of Phoenix Augusta Campus
  • University of Phoenix Columbus Georgia Campus
  • University of Phoenix Savannah Campus
  • University of West Georgia
  • Valdosta State University
  • Virginia College
  • Virginia College Augusta
  • Waycross College
  • Wesleyan College
  • West Georgia Technical College
  • Westwood College Atlanta Midtown
  • Westwood College Northlake
  • Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
  • Young Harris College

All students must be extremely mindful when accused of sexual misconduct at their college or university; student athletes in particular, however, can have even more concerns at all stage of Title IX proceedings because the stakes are higher yet – When first contacted by their school's Title IX office, when a sexual misconduct investigation begins, when facing a hearing or an appeal, or when seeking further recourse by filing a Title IX complaint with the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights when necessary.  For student athletes in Georgia who are facing a Title IX case and their families, it is critical to take the necessary precautions as soon as possible, including having an experienced attorney advisor, when accused of sexual misconduct.  Unfortunately, many student athletes and their families, not being as familiar what is at stake and also their rights in the process, will mistakenly believe that if they "just explain what happened," everything will work out.  Title IX cases can be won, but student athletes and their families must recognize, however, that achieving a favorable in a Title IX case requires a dedicated and intensive approach best handled by a professional who has a track record of successes in the Title IX disciplinary arena.

Fighting passionately for the future of student athletes at colleges and universities throughout the nation for over a decade, Joseph D. Lento knows how important it is to mount the strongest defense because he understands that a student athlete's academic and professional future, in addition to a post-college athletic career, is on the line. 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, New Jersey, and New York, 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 to student athletes facing sexual misconduct investigations and disciplinary cases in Georgia 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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