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