Educational institutes in the Kansas City metro area provide a rich and diverse multicultural learning experience to students. However, like many other schools and universities elsewhere, they are also very careful to uphold their reputations as premier educational institutions.
This zeal to uphold the highest of standards and provide quality education can sometimes cause academic institutions to come down hard on real or perceived cases of academic misconduct.
Sometimes the offense may not be severe enough to warrant the punishment they mete out – and in other cases, even accidental cases of misconduct may be punished severely, marring a student's career and academic record forever.
Professional legal representation can be a huge source of support and guidance in these situations and protect the interests of your student.
Experienced attorney-advisor Joseph D. Lento, who specializes in student defense and has many years of successful experience representing students in cases of academic, behavioral or sexual misconduct, and other disciplinary concerns, can help protect your student's future.
Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City
The Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City MO-KS Combined Statistical Area covers a total area of 9,220 square meters, including 103 square meters of water. It consists of Kansas City, MO-KS; Warrensburg, Missouri; Atchison, Kansas; and Ottawa, Kansas; and the metropolitan areas of St. Joseph; and Lawrence, Kansas.
The University of Kansas is one of the largest universities in the US, and the state of Kansas is home to some of the premier educational institutes in the country. The sheer number of educational institutes, each with its own set of rules, regulations, and codes, could be intimidating to some lawyers but not to student defense attorney-advisor Joseph D. Lento.
Local law firms, while familiar with Kansas law, may not have specialized experience in student disciplinary issues and won't always be able to provide the strongest defense to your or your student, should they find themselves in disciplinary trouble.
Not only does attorney-advisor Mr. Lento have over 20 years of experience defending students at different levels against various charges, but he also knows Kansas City, Overland Park, and the surrounding areas extremely well and is very familiar with the code of conduct and policies at the University of Kansas, as well as the codes of conduct of other schools in the area.
Kansas Metro Area Student Concerns
Schools in the Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City area tend to have complex and unique codes of conduct and regulations that reflect the culture and values of the state of Kansas. While the University of Kansas is one of the largest and most well-known universities in the state and has its unique code of ethical conduct and policies, other colleges and universities can have their own prohibited behaviors or disciplinary procedures that are peculiar to them. Navigating this thorny and tangled set of rules and regulations can be taxing, especially for students who are already juggling educational responsibilities, the responsibilities of living alone, and often a job.
The challenges of studying and living in the Kansas City metro area can take a toll on students and impact their behavior. An increase in student behavioral issues, especially among the K-12 age group, has been reported in Kansas.
Given these challenges, if you find your student involved in a disciplinary case of academic or behavioral misconduct, it is a much better idea to hire experienced attorney-advisor Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm instead of trying to counter these accusations on your own. Mr. Lento has practiced student defense law for over 20 years and is especially well equipped to deal with the special concerns of students in this area.
Kansas City Metro Area Schools
Skilled school discipline defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's student defense team can defend your student against whatever charges they are faced with, regardless of their school's level, program, or location in Kansas City, Overland Park and surrounding areas. Some of the colleges and universities where you can avail yourself of Mr. Lento's legal services include:
- Baker University
- Rockhurst University
- William Jewell College
- Avila University
- Ottawa University, Ottawa
- Park University
- University of Saint Mary
- Kansas Wesleyan University
- Wright Career College
- Donnelly College
- Concorde Career College-Kansas City
- Calvary University
- National American University-Zona Rosa
- DeVry University-Missouri
- Park University
- City Vision University
- National American University-Overland Park
- Grantham University
Mr. Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm also provide winning student defense representation in any of the specialist, medical, technical, law, art, theology, or military colleges and universities in the Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City area, including:
- Kansas City Art Institute
- Research College of Nursing
- Saint Paul School of Theology
- Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary
- MidAmerica Nazarene University
- Cleveland Chiropractic College
- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Central Baptist Theological Seminary
- Wentworth Military Academy and Junior College
- Kansas Christian College
- Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
The Lento Law Firm also represents students from K to 12 studying in primary, secondary, and high schools in Kansas City, Overland Park and surrounding areas, a few of which include:
- The Pembrooke Hill School
- The Barstow School
- Notre Dame de Sion High School
- St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School
- Rockhurst High School
- St. Teresa's Academy
- Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy
- Kansas City Christian School
- St. James Academy
- St. Thomas Aquinas High School
- Whitefield Academy
- Bishop Miege High School
- Maranatha Academy
- Blue Ridge Christian School
- The Lutheran High School of Kansas City
- Summit Christian Academy
- Kansas City Academy
- Heritage Christian Academy
- The Plaza Academy
- St. Pius X. High School
- Overland Christian Schools
- Midland Adventist Academy
- Shawnee Mission Christian School
- Christ Preparatory Academy
- Heartland High School and Academy
- Bishop Ward High School
- Notre Dame de Sion Grade School
- Eschool Virtual Charter Academy
Disciplinary Defense in the Kansas City Metro Area
Educational institutes can be very particular about upholding educational and behavioral standards and can bring accusations of different forms of misconduct against you or your student. These disciplinary charges can include sexual harassment or assault, bullying or other kinds of harassment, violence, weapons, and drug charges, and more. Even less serious charges such as plagiarism or cheating can deal a severe blow to your student's career.
Mr. Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm are accomplished attorney-advisors and have years of extensive experience in defending students against such charges and protecting their rights, interests, and careers.
Mr. Lento can defend you or your student against charges like:
Academic Progression Issues
You or your student could easily find yourself charged with an academic progression issue, which is less severe than behavioral or sexual misconduct charges. School instructors, who are expected to uphold a standard of proficiency, can sometimes be overzealous in punishing students who they believe are failing these standards.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City's Code of Conduct is one such example of the stringent standards educational institutions like to uphold.
Instructors can make mistakes in marking papers or calculating grades, or entering results incorrectly, resulting in a charge of poor academic performance against your student.
Even if there has been no error in assigning a grade, you or your student may be entitled to appeal a SAP dismissal, especially when there have been extenuating circumstances like a family emergency, the death of a family member, or mental or physical illness of the student.
School discipline defense attorney Joseph D. Lento has extensive experience in student defense and can help you or your student contest and defend against charges of academic dismissal.
Academic Misconduct Issues
Educational institutions often have very high standards of professional and academic integrity and do not look kindly upon instances of copying or cheating on exams, plagiarism in assignments, or other acts of academic dishonesty.
Muhlenberg College's academic integrity code and Kansas University – School of Law's honor code are examples of academic behavior standards that prioritize honesty and integrity in academic performance and prohibit plagiarism, cheating, and unauthorized collaboration in work assignments.
Schools can punish any student accused of these charges with a failing grade, suspension, or even expulsion. To protect your student's interests and ensure their rights are respected and upheld, retain premier student defense attorney-advisor Joseph D. Lento. Mr. Lento is a skilled and experienced attorney-advisor who will do everything it takes to defend your student successfully and protect their rights.
Behavioral Misconduct Issues
In order to provide a safe environment that is conducive to learning, schools, colleges and universities also expect a high standard of behavior from their students. They uphold elaborate codes of conduct like the one at Kansas Wesleyan University.
These codes of conduct govern issues of conduct and integrity and prohibit misconduct such as drug or weapon use or possession, bullying and violence, threats, harassment, cyberbullying, insubordination, trespass and vandalism, sexual assault, and any other form of criminal or endangering behavior.
Schools and colleges take a serious view towards these activities and can mete out punishments ranging from suspension to even expulsion, or worse.
But these institutions aren't always entirely successful in accurately identifying the students responsible or may even allege misconduct that didn't happen or had mitigating circumstances.
In such a case, it is crucial to have an experienced student defense attorney-advisor by your side who can ensure your student isn't falsely charged and is able to prove mitigating circumstances or clear your student's name if they have been falsely accused.
Student defense attorney-advisor Joseph D. Lento can defend against and defeat false and unfair behavioral misconduct charges and protect your student's reputation and career.
Title IX Sexual Misconduct Issues
Schools and other educational institutions take cases of sexual misconduct and discrimination very seriously, especially since many schools (particularly those that receive federal funding) are required to enforce Title IX guidelines and regulations.
Offenses, including sexual assault, stalking, domestic or intimate partner violence, and sexual harassment, are prohibited under Title IX, and federal regulations require schools to prevent such cases and punish students found guilty of any sexual misconduct, including these offenses.
A Title IX accusation could have a serious and long-lasting impact on your student's career. If they are expelled or suspended, they would end up with a hard-to-explain gap in their college transcripts.
In addition to Title IX regulations, schools also have their own guidelines that prohibit offenses such as prostitution, solicitation of prostitution, sexual blackmail, and invasions of privacy.
These accusations can severely hamper a student's career. But having a skilled student defense attorney-advisor can change the outcome of these accusations and ensure your student is not falsely implicated in a sexual misconduct case.
Retaining a School Discipline Defense Attorney-Advisor
Having a skilled student defense attorney-advisor could make all the difference when it comes to helping you or your student through tricky disciplinary cases. Schools and colleges can have complex and vast codes of conduct and rules, and it can be very difficult for a student or their family to understand these rules and defend oneself successfully.
Attorney-advisor Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have been successfully representing students in cases of academic, behavioral, or sexual misconduct and in other cases of student discipline for over 20 years and are experts in navigating the disciplinary rules and guidelines of schools, colleges, and universities.
Consider retaining Mr. Lento for the best student defense available. Call the Lento Law Firm at 888.535.3686 or contact us online now.