Student-Athletes Accused of Title IX in North Carolina

Title IX is a federal law that protects students attending federally-funded higher education institutions from gender discrimination. Although the law covers a broad span of issues under the realm of gender discrimination, the most pervasive and rampant issue it addresses today is sexual misconduct. 

Sexual misconduct is occurring at an all-time high on college and university campuses. In an attempt to reduce these rates, the federal government has given schools the responsibility to resolve all complaints alleging sexual misconduct. 

Colleges are aware that their handling of these incidents could taint a reputation they've worked 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. They've done this by publicly outing respondents, and swiftly imposing interim measures, like a suspension in cases involving student-athletes. An understandable move on their part, but an effort that puts accused student-athletes in a volatile predicament. 

If you are a student-athlete who's been accused of sexual misconduct at a North Carolina institution, one thing is for certain: you need the help of a student defense attorney. Here are some convincing reasons why:

You Could Lose Your Scholarship

College students who've earned athletic scholarships understand the hard work and dedication that goes into being an exceptional athlete. To be great, you need to be committed. And athletes commit a good chunk of their time to conditioning, training, and honing their schools to stand out. But despite training extremely hard to earn an athletic scholarship, you must understand that this opportunity is contingent upon very specific conditions. Unfortunately, what many student-athletes learn (the hard way) is how easy it is for a scholarship to slip through their fingers.

It only takes one false accusation. The National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) response to allegations has gone from lethargic to almost assertive in recent years, as the program has cracked down on student-athletes on scholarship with a history of sexual violence. To strip away a scholarship has become the norm, and it's in your best interest to get the help of a legal representative to ensure it doesn't happen to you.

The Odds Are Against You

According to an analysis by ESPN television show Outside the Lines, college athletes are three times more likely than other students to be accused of sexual misconduct. Yes, you read that right. Merely being a student-athlete increases your chances of being named as a respondent in a Title IX case alleging sexual misconduct.

The data provided that about 6.3% of Title IX complaints against students involved an athlete as a respondent. Whether or not the student-athletes were actually found “responsible” for these accusations was not included in the study. 

You Could Be Suspended Upon Investigation

When a student-athlete is accused of sexual misconduct, a number of interim measures are imposed in response. Interim measures are guidelines that limit or outright prohibit the interactions between respondents and victims. One of the most inconvenient interim measures for student-athletes is suspension from the team. 

In many cases, coaches and athletic directors have the discretion to decide whether or not to impose these interim measures. In a perfect world, you'd trust that these decisions are made in your best interest, but unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Sometimes the decision to bench you or suspend you from the team is made to keep the team out of a negative spotlight.

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 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.

North Carolina 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:

  • Alamance Community College
  • Apex School of Theology
  • Appalachian State University
  • Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Barton College
  • Beaufort County Community College
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Bennett College for Women
  • Bladen Community College
  • Blue Ridge Community College
  • Brevard College
  • Brunswick Community College
  • Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
  • Campbell University
  • Cape Fear Community College
  • Carolina Bible College
  • Carolina Christian College
  • Carteret Community College
  • Catawba College
  • Catawba Valley Community College
  • Central Carolina Community College
  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Chowan University
  • Cleveland Community College
  • Coastal Carolina Community College
  • College of the Albemarle
  • Craven Community College
  • Davidson College
  • Davidson County Community College
  • DeVry University North Carolina
  • Duke University
  • Durham Technical Community College
  • East Carolina University
  • Edgecombe Community College
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Elon University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Gardner Webb University
  • Gaston College
  • Grace College of Divinity
  • Greensboro College
  • Guilford College
  • Guilford Technical Community College
  • Halifax Community College
  • Harrison College
  • Haywood Community College
  • Heritage Bible College
  • Isothermal Community College
  • ITT Technical Institute Cary
  • ITT Technical Institute Charlotte North
  • ITT Technical Institute Charlotte South
  • ITT Technical Institute Durham
  • ITT Technical Institute High Point
  • James Sprunt Community College
  • Johnson & Wales University Charlotte
  • Johnson C Smith University
  • Johnston Community College
  • King's College
  • Laurel University
  • Lees McRae College
  • Lenoir Community College
  • Lenoir Rhyne University
  • Living Arts College
  • Livingstone College
  • Louisburg College
  • Mars Hill University
  • Martin Community College
  • Mayland Community College
  • McDowell Technical Community College
  • Meredith College
  • Methodist University
  • Mid Atlantic Christian University
  • Miller Motte College
  • Miller Motte College Cary
  • Miller Motte College Fayetteville
  • Miller Motte College Greenville
  • Miller Motte College Raleigh
  • Miller Motte College Wilmington
  • Mitchell Community College
  • Montgomery Community College
  • Montreat College
  • Mount Olive College
  • Nash Community College
  • New Life Theological Seminary
  • North Carolina A & T State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  • North Carolina Wesleyan College
  • Pamlico Community College
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Piedmont Community College
  • Piedmont International University
  • Pitt Community College
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Randolph Community College
  • Richmond Community College
  • Roanoke Chowan Community College
  • Robeson Community College
  • Rockingham Community College
  • Rowan Cabarrus Community College
  • Saint Augustines College
  • Salem College
  • Sampson Community College
  • Sandhills Community College
  • Shaw University
  • Shepherds Theological Seminary
  • South College Asheville
  • South Piedmont Community College
  • Southeastern Community College
  • Southwestern Community College
  • St. Andrews University
  • Stanly Community College
  • Surry Community College
  • The Art Institute of Charlotte
  • The Art Institute of Raleigh Durham
  • Tri County Community College
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • University of Phoenix Charlotte Campus
  • University of Phoenix Raleigh Campus
  • Vance Granville Community College
  • Wake Forest University
  • Wake Technical Community College
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Wayne Community College
  • Western Carolina University
  • Western Piedmont Community College
  • Wilkes Community College
  • William Peace University
  • Wilson Community College
  • Wingate University
  • Winston Salem State 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 Department of Education Office of Civil Rights when necessary.  For student athletes in North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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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