Student-Athletes Accused of Title IX in New York

Title IX is a federal law that aims to prohibit gender discrimination against students who attend federally-funded colleges and universities. This law's initial function was to establish equal opportunities for women in intercollegiate sports. But in recent years, the national conversations had about Title IX overwhelmingly concern a more prevalent form of gender discrimination: sexual misconduct. In the wake of unrelenting advocacy efforts, national movements like “Me Too,” and an alarming rate of lawsuits, the guidelines for resolving complaints of sexual misconduct in New York higher education institutions today are clearer than ever.

Being accused of sexual misconduct is an uphill battle. There's a stigma that comes with being labeled as a respondent that often warrants premature judgment and ill-treatment far before you get a chance to prove your innocence. Being a student-athlete who also happens to be a respondent adds another layer of complexity to a whirlwind of a process. To successfully navigate the Title IX process as a student-athlete respondent, you certainly need the help of an attorney advisor. Here's why.

You Might Be Suspended Pending an Investigation

When it comes to handling criminal charges, New York colleges, and other institutions across the country tend to swiftly bring down the hammer. Take the UCLA shoplifting scandal in China, for example. The basketball players were suspended indefinitely for engaging in the misconduct. But the nature of Title IX investigations seems to generate a more unpredictable response. In the absence of specific uniform protocol guidelines, third parties like sports directors and coaches have the discretion to make decisions that can affect your collegiate athletic career. These figures may or may not be motivated by the desire to maintain scandal-free programs. 

Some schools have decided to crack down on this phenomenon by only allowing administrators and deans to determine interim measures while under investigation, rather than coaches and athletic directors. This is why it's important you understand your school's rules regarding if and when you'll play while under investigation. 

You Could Lose Your Scholarship 

The NCAA has made a point to get more serious about barring college-athletes who have been found responsible for sexual misconduct from receiving and maintaining athletic scholarships. The organization has gotten more strict due to pressure from lobbyists and advocacy groups. 

The Odds Are Against You

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 percent 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. 

Are You a Student-Athlete 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 New York to retain a student defense attorney. The assistance of an attorney-advisor is invaluable in the Title IX process, especially for 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.

New York 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:

State University of New York (SUNY):

SUNY University Centers

  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Binghamton University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University at Albany, State University of New York

SUNY Technology College

  • Alfred State College
  • State University of New York at Canton
  • State University of New York at Cobleskill
  • State University of New York at Delhi
  • State University of New York at Farmingdale
  • State University of New York at Morrisville
  • State University of New York Polytechnic Institute
  • State University of New York Maritime College

SUNY Comprehensive Colleges

  • Buffalo State College
  • Empire State College, Saratoga Springs
  • State University of New York at Brockport
  • State University of New York at Cortland
  • State University of New York at Fredonia
  • State University of New York at Geneseo
  • State University of New York at New Paltz
  • State University of New York at Old Westbury
  • State University of New York at Oswego
  • State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  • State University of New York at Potsdam
    • Crane School of Music
  • State University of New York at Purchase

SUNY Specialized Doctoral Granting Units

  • State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
  • State University of New York Upstate Medical University
  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • State University of New York State College of Optometry

SUNY Community Colleges

  • Adirondack Community College
  • Broome Community College
  • Cayuga County Community College
  • Clinton Community College
  • Columbia-Greene Community College
  • Corning Community College
  • Dutchess Community College
  • Erie Community College
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Finger Lakes Community College
  • Fulton-Montgomery Community College
  • Genesee Community College
  • Herkimer County Community College
  • Hudson Valley Community College
  • Jamestown Community College
  • Jefferson Community College
  • Mohawk Valley Community College
  • Monroe Community College
  • Nassau Community College
  • Niagara County Community College
  • North Country Community College
  • Onondaga Community College
  • Orange County Community College
  • Rockland Community College
  • Schenectady County Community College
  • Suffolk County Community College
  • Sullivan County Community College
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College
  • Ulster County Community College
  • Westchester Community College

SUNY State-wide Colleges

  • Empire State College
  • SUNY Learning Network

CUNY Senior Colleges and Graduate Schools

  • Baruch College
  • Brooklyn College
  • City College
  • Sophie Davis - School of Biomedical Education; School of Professional Studies
  • College of Staten Island
  • CUNY Graduate Center
  • CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
  • CUNY Law School
  • Hunter College
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Lehman College
  • Medgar Evers College
  • New York City College of Technology at MetroTech
  • Queens College
  • Aaron Copland School of Music
  • York College

CUNY Community Colleges

  • Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Bronx Community College, University Heights
  • Guttman Community College
  • Hostos Community College
  • Kingsborough Community College
  • LaGuardia Community College
  • Queensborough Community College

Federal-Service Academies

  • United States Merchant Marine Academy (exempt from Title IX and the Clery Act)
  • United States Military Academy (exempt from Title IX and the Clery Act)

Private Colleges and Universities

  • Adelphi University
  • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Alfred University
  • American Museum of Natural History; Richard Gilder Graduate School
  • Bank Street College of Education
  • Bard College
  • Barnard College
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Cazenovia College
  • Clarkson University
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Watson School of Biological Sciences (graduate school)
  • Colgate University
  • Columbia University
    • College of Dental Medicine
    • Columbia Business School
    • Columbia College
    • Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
    • Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
    • Columbia Law School
    • Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
    • Graduate School of Journalism
    • Mailman School of Public Health
    • School of the Arts
    • School of General Studies
    • School of International and Public Affairs
    • School of Social Work
    • School of Nursing
    • College of Physicians and Surgeons
    • School of Professional Studies
  • Cooper Union
  • Cornell University
    • Cornell Tech
    • Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences
    • Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Culinary Institute of America
  • Daemen College
  • Dowling College
  • Elmira College
  • Hamilton College
  • Hartwick College
  • Helene Fuld College of Nursing
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Hofstra University
  • Frank G. Zarb School of Business
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Ithaca College
  • Juilliard School
  • Keuka College
  • Long Island University
    • LIU Brooklyn
    • LIU Post (formerly C.W. Post)
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Manhattanville College
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Medaille College
  • Mercy College
  • Metropolitan College of New York
  • Monroe College
    • Bronx campus
    • New Rochelle campus
  • The New School
    • College of Performing Arts
    • Eugene Lang College, School for Liberal Arts
    • Parsons School of Design
    • School for Social Research
    • The Schools of Public Engagement
  • New York Chiropractic College
  • New York Institute of Technology
    • Central Islip campus
    • Columbus Circle
    • Old Westbury campus
  • New York University
    • College of Arts & Science
    • Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
    • Gallatin School of Individualized Study
    • Institute of Fine Arts
    • Liberal Studies
    • School of Law
    • School of Medicine
    • Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
    • Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
    • School of Professional Studies
    • School of Social Work
    • Stern School of Business
    • Tandon School of Engineering
    • Tisch School of the Arts
  • Pace University
    • Manhattan campus
    • Pleasantville campus
    • White Plains campus
  • Paul Smith's College
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Sage Colleges
    • Russell Sage College
    • Sage College of Albany
    • Sage Graduate Schools
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Skidmore College
  • St. Lawrence University
  • St. Thomas Aquinas College
  • University of Rochester
    • Eastman School of Music
    • College of Arts Sciences and Engineering
    • Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development
    • Simon Business School
  • Union College
  • Utica College
  • Vassar College
  • Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology
  • Villa Maria College
  • Webb Institute
  • Wells College

Private Colleges and Academies (For Profit)

  • ASA College
    • Downtown Brooklyn campus
    • Midtown Manhattan campus
    • White Plains campus
  • Berkeley College
    • Brooklyn campus
    • Midtown Manhattan campus
  • DeVry University
  • Five Towns College
  • Globe Institute of Technology
  • LIM College (Laboratory Institute of Merchandising)
  • New York Film Academy

Religious Affiliated/Oriented Private Institutions

  • Canisius College
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • College of New Rochelle
  • College of St. Rose
  • Concordia College
  • Davis College
  • Dominican College
  • D'Youville College
  • Fordham University
    • Lincoln Center campus
    • Rose Hill campus
  • General Theological Seminary
  • Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
    • The Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music
  • Hilbert College
  • Houghton College
  • Iona College
  • Jewish Theological Seminary of America
  • King's College
  • Le Moyne College
  • Manhattan College
  • Marist College
  • Molloy College
  • Montefiore Medical Center and Yeshiva University
    • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Mount Saint Mary College
  • Nazareth College
  • New York Theological Seminary at The Interchurch Center
  • Niagara University
  • Nyack College
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Siena College
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • St. Francis College
  • St. John's University
  • St. Joseph's College
  • St. John Fisher College
  • Syracuse University
  • Touro College
    • College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Manhattan
    • Lander College for Men
    • Lander College for Women – The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School
    • Lander Institute
    • Law Center
  • Trocaire College
  • Union Theological Seminary
  • Wagner College
  • Yeshiva University
    • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    • Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
    • Stern College for Women
    • Sy Syms School of Business
    • Yeshiva 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 New York 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 New York 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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