Students at all levels of education, in all kinds of educational programs, face challenges that they cannot effectively manage without skilled and experienced professional school attorney representation. A school's educational mission requires the school to push students beyond what the students are initially able to manage. Schools should be reasonable in their challenges and demands. But sometimes, they are not. And sometimes, a student's own experiences, life events, and circumstances interfere with the student's school conduct and performance. That's when the school may seek to unfairly suspend or expel the student, requiring the student to seek a highly qualified school discipline defense attorney. Premier school discipline defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's student defense team are available for your winning representation or the winning representation of your student across the New York City metropolitan area. Don't let false, unfair, and unwarranted school allegations, claims, and charges destroy an education into which you or your student have invested your hopes, dreams, and resources. Retain Attorney Lento for winning school discipline defense.
The New York City Metropolitan Area
The New York City metropolitan area is the largest in the world. It includes not only the five boroughs Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx but also Long Island and the mid and lower Hudson Valley in New York state, north and central New Jersey, three western Connecticut counties, and five more northeastern Pennsylvania counties. The vast, complex, and exciting New York City metropolitan area intimidates some attorneys who may limit their professional practices to a single state, single city, or single borough. That's not premier school discipline defense attorney Joseph D. Lento. Attorney Lento knows the New York City metropolitan area like the back of his hand, as familiar and favorable to him as any native of the region would regard it. The state bar associations of all three states, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, have licensed attorney Lento for practice across the entire metropolitan area including in suburbs like Westchester, Woodbury, Westport, Great Neck, Thomaston, Brookville, Roslyn, and Scarsdale. Attorney Lento regularly appears before New York City metropolitan public agencies and courts, has served for New York City metro area professional associations, and has represented hundreds of clients throughout the New York City metro area. You can trust attorney Lento and the Lento Law Firm's student defense team for effective New York City metropolitan area school discipline defense.
New York City Metro Area Student Concerns
Students attending schools in the New York City metropolitan area face special concerns. Of course, metro New York City students have all the usual concerns students face with grades, student peer relationships, teacher or professor respect, and the understanding and trust of school administrators. But the size, diversity, culture, and sophistication of the region give metro New York City students special concerns. You know the saying: if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. That saying alone proves that New York City culture can be extraordinarily competitive and blunt, virtually the opposite of Midwestern kindness or Southern gentility. It's not just that metro New York City housing is prohibitively expensive and traffic notoriously snarled with other transportation uncertain. Those and similar logistical challenges can easily impact student attendance, behavior, and performance. But it's also that school instructors and administrators may expect students to readily adapt, persevere, and adjust as New Yorkers generally do, no matter the student's personal abilities, resources, and experiences. Metro New York is not generally where students go to be treated with kid gloves. Metro New York culture can cause and exacerbate issues a student could have readily handled elsewhere. Premier school discipline defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's student defense team know how to address these special concerns of metro New York students.
New York City Metropolitan Area Schools
Premier school discipline defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's student defense team are available for your most effective defense of school charges no matter your school's level, program, or location in the New York City metropolitan area. For instance, Attorney Lento is available to provide winning discipline defense representation to students at the following metro New York colleges and universities, to list just a few:
- The City University of New York including CUNY's Hunter College, Queens College, Lehman College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and City College;
- New York University;
- Columbia University;
- Fordham University;
- Manhattan College;
- Pace University - New York;
- Baruch College;
- Barnard College;
- Hofstra University;
- Cornell University's New York City campus;
- Rutgers University - New Brunswick and Rutgers University - Newark;
- Seton Hall University;
- Stony Brook University - SUNY;
- Sarah Lawrence College;
- The College of Westchester;
- Fairfield University; and
- Yeshiva University.
Attorney Lento and the Lento Law Firm student defense team are also available to provide winning discipline defense representation to students in graduate, professional, technical, military, and specialty programs across the New York City metropolitan area including, to list just a few:
- The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art;
- Stevens Institute of Technology;
- CUNY School of Professional Studies;
- NYU School of Professional Studies;
- United States Merchant Marine Academy;
- The New School including its Parsons School of Design;
- New Jersey Institute of Technology;
- Fashion Institute of Technology;
- Pratt Institute;
- SUNY Maritime College;
- Manhattan School of Music;
- Lincoln Technical Institute;
- Berk Trade & Business School; and
- Dorson Vocational Training Institute.
Attorney Lento and the Lento Law Firm student defense team are also available to effectively represent students in kindergarten through grade twelve programs in public school districts across the New York City metropolitan area including, to list just a few:
- Westchester Public Schools;
- Great Neck Public Schools;
- Jericho Union Free School District;
- Scarsdale Union Free School District;
- Millburn Township School District;
- Northern Valley Regional High School District;
- Manhasset Union Free School District;
- New Canaan School District;
- Westport School District;
- Tenafly Public School District;
- Chappaqua Central School District;
- Ridgewood Public School District;
- Rye City School District; and
- North Shore Central School District.
Attorney Lento and the Lento Law Firm student defense team are also available to provide winning representation to students in private elementary and secondary schools across the New York City metropolitan area including, to list just a few:
- Professional Children's School;
- Trinity School;
- The Brearley School;
- Riverdale Country School;
- Horace Mann School;
- ICL Academy;
- Collegiate School;
- Rye Country Day School;
- The Pingry School;
- Dalton School;
- The Chapin School;
- The Spence School;
- Avenues the World School; and
- Dwight-Englewood School.
Disciplinary Defense in the New York City Metro Area
Schools charge their students for all kinds of different disciplinary issues, from academic performance issues right through cheating allegations, weapons and drug charges, property damage issues, computer misuse issues, bullying, and sexual assault or harassment allegations. Premier school discipline defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's student defense team are available for your effective defense, or the defense of your elementary or secondary school student, no matter the nature of the school's charges. Attorney Lento has successfully represented hundreds of students against school charges in the following areas.
Academic Progression Issues
Schools reasonably expect students to pass courses, earn credits, and get good enough grades to meet the school's minimum standards. Schools educate, but they're also in the business of certification. Secondary schools must ensure that their graduates meet state proficiency standards. Likewise, colleges and universities have federal financial obligations to ensure that students meet satisfactory academic progression (SAP) standards. CUNY's SAP policy is a good example. CUNY students who don't meet those standards, like students at other metro New York schools, face academic warning, probation, suspension, and dismissal. But schools don't always apply their academic progression standards correctly. Instructors make mistakes calculating and entering grades. Administrators make mistakes calculating earned credits and grade point averages. Schools also permit students to appeal SAP dismissals when they can show extenuating circumstances like a death in the family or their own serious illness. Premier school discipline defense attorney Joseph D. Lento helps students defend and defeat academic dismissals.
Academic Misconduct Issues
Schools at all levels also hold students to academic integrity standards. New York University's academic integrity policy and the honor code at Westchester Country Day School are good examples. Academic integrity policies prohibit dishonest acts like cheating on assignments and exams, unauthorized collaboration among students whom the instructor expects to do their own work, plagiarism of another's work without credit, and multiple submissions of the same work for credit without disclosure and permission. Academic dishonesty undermines both the learning goal of instruction and the certification role of schools that their graduates have the requisite knowledge and skill that graduation should represent. And so schools rightly punish cheaters up to suspension and expulsion. Yet once again, schools don't always get their cheating charges right. Schools can misidentify cheaters and misconstrue permitted academic work for cheating. Academic misconduct findings can ruin a student's reputation and education. Don't let your school or your student's school ruin an education with false, unfair, and unwarranted academic misconduct charges. Premier school discipline defense attorney Joseph D. Lento helps students defend and defeat false and unfair academic misconduct charges.
Behavioral Misconduct Issues
Schools must also ensure a reasonably safe and orderly academic environment. Schools routinely maintain elaborate student codes of conduct, like Seton Hall University's student code of conduct and the student code in the Riverdale Public Schools Student & Parent Handbook. Student codes of conduct prohibit disruptive misbehaviors like fighting, threats, bullying, cyberbullying, drugs or weapons on school premises, classroom disruption and insubordination, computer misuse, trespass and property damage, theft, false fire alarms, and criminal or endangering behavior. Schools at all levels suspend and expel students for these kinds of misbehaviors. But once again, school disciplinary officials don't always get the charges right. They can allege misconduct that didn't happen or misidentify the involved students. And even when a student does engage in unconventional behavior, the student may have a good excuse mitigating the need for any sanction. Behavioral misconduct findings can ruin a student's reputation and close doors to further education and careers. Retain premier school discipline defense attorney Joseph D. Lento to defend and defeat false and unfair behavioral misconduct charges.
Title IX Sexual Misconduct Issues
Federal Title IX regulations require schools receiving federal funding to closely regulate certain forms of sexual misconduct. Title IX requires those schools to prohibit, prevent, and punish sexual assault, stalking, domestic or intimate partner violence, and sexual harassment. Schools often extend their Title IX policies to cover other non-Title IX sexual misconduct under the rubric of sexual exploitation. Those policies prohibit things like prostitution, solicitation of prostitution, sexual blackmail, and invasions of privacy. Sexual misconduct discipline can result in suspension or expulsion and ruin an education and future career. Yet once again, school disciplinary officials sometimes make false, unfair, and unsupported sexual misconduct allegations, to which the student has a clear and compelling defense. Retain premier school discipline defense attorney Joseph D. Lento to defend and defeat Title IX and other sexual misconduct charges.
School Discipline Defense Attorney Value
Don't underestimate the value to you or your student of retaining premier school discipline defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's student defense team. Disciplinary charges place an entire education at risk, including everything the student has invested in time, finances, and effort, and the student's future hopes and dreams for further education, professional or vocational licensure, and jobs and careers. Your temptation may be to retain an unqualified local criminal defense attorney to defend school charges. Unqualified attorney representation may do more harm than good. Effective school discipline defense takes special academic administrative knowledge, skills, and experience. When you retain attorney Lento and the Lento Law Firm's student defense team, you retain the best available school discipline defense representation. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now.