Student-Athletes Accused of Title IX in Massachusetts

In today's climate, colleges and universities 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. This is 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 Massachusetts 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.

Massachusetts 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:

  • American International College
  • Amherst College
  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption College
  • Babson College
  • Bard College at Simon's Rock
  • Bay Path College
  • Bay State College
  • Becker College
  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
  • Bentley University
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Berkshire Community College
  • Boston Architectural College
  • Boston Baptist College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Bristol Community College
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Cambridge College
  • Cape Cod Community College
  • Clark University
  • College of Our Lady of the Elms
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Curry College
  • Dean College
  • Eastern Nazarene College
  • Emerson College
  • Emmanuel College
  • Endicott College
  • Fisher College
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Framingham State University
  • Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Gordon College
  • Greenfield Community College
  • Hampshire College
  • Harvard University
  • Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
  • Holyoke Community College
  • ITT Technical Institute Norwood
  • ITT Technical Institute Wilmington
  • Laboure College
  • Lasell College
  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
  • Lesley University
  • Longy School of Music
  • Marian Court College
  • Massachusetts Bay Community College
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Massasoit Community College
  • Merrimack College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Montserrat College of Art
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Mount Ida College
  • Mount Wachusett Community College
  • New England College of Business
  • Newbury College Brookline
  • Nichols College
  • North Shore Community College
  • Northeastern University
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • Pine Manor College
  • Quincy College
  • Quinsigamond Community College
  • Regis College
  • Roxbury Community College
  • Saint John's Seminary
  • Salem State University
  • Sanford Brown College Boston
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
  • Simmons College
  • Smith College
  • Springfield College
  • Springfield Technical Community College
  • Stonehill College
  • Suffolk University
  • The Boston Conservatory
  • The New England Conservatory of Music
  • The New England Institute of Art
  • Tufts University
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts - Boston
  • University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
  • University of Massachusetts - Lowell
  • University of Phoenix - Boston Campus
  • Urban College of Boston
  • Wellesley College
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Western New England University
  • Westfield State University
  • Wheaton College
  • Wheelock College
  • Williams College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Worcester State University
  • Zion Bible 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 investigation with the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights when necessary.  For student athletes in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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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