Student-Athletes Accused of Title IX in Kentucky

Colleges walk an incredibly fine line when it comes to handling Title IX cases involving star athletes. In the era of “Me Too,” advocacy groups and victims expect nothing less than swift suspensions and public acknowledgment. If due process advocates had their way, institutions would hold off on doing anything until the innocent has been proven guilty. But regardless of the stance institutions choose to take on the matter, they'll likely always face some sort of backlash. 

In today's climate, colleges are mindful that their handling of such incidents could tarnish a reputation they've worked incredibly hard to build. Lethargic responses to sexual misconduct just aren't acceptable anymore, so institutions have made a point to avoid coming off as if they aren't taking the matter seriously. An understandable move on their part, but an effort that puts accused student-athletes in a volatile predicament.

Being a student-athlete who has been accused of sexual misconduct, or otherwise named as a respondent in a Title IX case will turn your college experience upside down. Allegations will not be taken lightly, and the stigma associated with accusations of this nature will invoke premature judgment from your classmates, friends, family, and the general public. To successfully navigate your school's process and maximize your chances of achieving true due process, one thing is for certain - you need the guidance of a student defense attorney. Here are some reasons why:

College Athletes are More Likely to be Named as Respondents in Title IX Complaints

Being a student-athlete already significantly increased your chance of being accused. In fact, according to a study conducted by ESPN's “Outside the Lines,” college athletes are actually three times more likely than other students to be accused of sexual misconduct. The data provided that about 6.3% of Title IX complaints against students 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. 

You Might Be Suspended Pending the Investigation

After you've been accused of sexual misconduct, your school will conduct a fact-finding investigation. Throughout the course of this investigation, a series of interim measures may be imposed until a determination is made. Of the most detrimental interim measures for student-athletes is suspension from the team. 

In the absence of specific uniform protocol and guidelines regarding who imposes interim measures, outside parties like athletic directors and coaches have the liberty to make decisions that will affect your athletic career. In a perfect world, you'd trust that these decisions are made in your best interest, but unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Many athletes learn the hard way that their ineligibility to play may or may not be rooted in the desire to maintain scandal-free programs. 

You Could Lose Your Scholarship

Because of pressure from lobbyists and advocacy groups, The NCAA is cracking down on student-athletes who are found responsible for sexual misconduct. Its Committee to Combat Sexual Violence has made a pledge to become stricter about barring college-athletes who have been found responsible for sexual misconduct from receiving athletic scholarships.

Contact the Lento Law Firm Today

The only way to make sure your voice is heard and that your rights are protected in a Title IX investigation in Kentucky is to retain a student defense attorney. The assistance of an attorney-advisor is invaluable in the Title IX process, especially for respondents who are student-athletes. 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.

Kentucky 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:

  • Alice Lloyd College
  • Asbury University
  • Ashland Community and Technical College
  • ATA College
  • Beckfield College Florence
  • Bellarmine University
  • Big Sandy Community and Technical College
  • Bluegrass Community and Technical College
  • Brescia University
  • Brown Mackie College Hopkinsville
  • Brown Mackie College Louisville
  • Brown Mackie College Northern Kentucky
  • Campbellsville University
  • Centre College
  • Clear Creek Baptist Bible College
  • Daymar College Bellevue
  • Daymar College Bowling Green
  • Daymar College Louisville
  • Daymar College Louisville
  • Daymar College Madisonville
  • Daymar College Online
  • Daymar College Owensboro
  • Daymar College Paducah Main
  • Daymar College Scottsville
  • DeVry University Kentucky
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
  • Gateway Community and Technical College
  • Georgetown College Georgetown, Kentucky
  • Hazard Community and Technical College
  • Henderson Community College
  • Hopkinsville Community College
  • ITT Technical Institute Lexington
  • ITT Technical Institute Louisville
  • Jefferson Community and Technical College
  • Kentucky Christian University
  • Kentucky Mountain Bible College
  • Kentucky State University
  • Kentucky Wesleyan College
  • Lincoln College of Technology Florence
  • Lindsey Wilson College
  • Madisonville Community College
  • Maysville Community and Technical College
  • MedTech College Lexington Campus
  • Mid Continent University
  • Midway College
  • Morehead State University
  • Murray State University
  • National College Lexington
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Owensboro Community and Technical College
  • Saint Catharine College
  • Simmons College of Kentucky
  • Somerset Community College
  • Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College
  • Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
  • Spalding University
  • Spencerian College
  • Spencerian College Lexington
  • Sullivan College of Technology and Design
  • Sullivan University
  • Thomas More College
  • Transylvania University
  • Union College
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Phoenix Louisville Campus
  • University of Pikeville
  • University of the Cumberlands
  • West Kentucky Community and Technical College
  • Western Kentucky University

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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky 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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