Student Defense Advisor – Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler

Parents in the Phoenix metropolitan area trust schools to prepare their student children with a proper education to become an influential member of society. Once they graduate from a K-12 institution, college or university, or other educational programs, they're well on their way toward success. Schools challenge students through academic rigors, character assessments, and experience-based assignments that sustain an educational institution's core values and mission to provide the next generation of upstanding citizens.

Although students have a bright future full of opportunities, the growing pains of teenage and young adult life can misguide them when the stress from academic coursework and extracurricular activities mount. Unfortunately, school disciplinary boards aren't always forgiving. Even honest, hard-working students can land themselves in trouble with unforgiving administration officials.

When a school seeks to discipline your student child unfairly, it's imperative to understand that you can retain professional help and ensure your child's path to success remains intact with an experienced student defense advisor. Joseph D. Lento has paramount experience upholding students' rights against burdensome disciplinary boards protecting the institution's reputation. He and his team at the Lento Law Firm understand the nuances of school discipline defense strategy and have the utmost empathy for diligent students threatened by alleged misconduct.

Make the first move to defend yourself or your child by contacting student defense advisor Joseph D. Lento today. Don't let false, unfair, and unwarranted school allegations, claims, and charges destroy an education into which you have invested everything.

Phoenix Metropolitan Area

As one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, the cities of Phoenix, Mesa, and Chandler stretch across large portions of Maricopa and Pinal County, Arizona. The capital region and business-savvy center of the "Grand Canyon state" may attract powerful attorneys arguing big cases in criminal courts, but few have the finesse to broker beneficial resolutions with a school's Office of General Counsel (OGC) in support of their student client.

Student defense advisor Joseph D. Lento is no stranger to the Phoenix metro area and its suburbs, including:

  • Gilbert
  • Glendale
  • Scottsdale
  • Peoria
  • Tempe

You can trust that he and his team at the Lento Law Firm are effective advocates for you or your child's defense. Whether your elementary school son or daughter faces suspension or you're a graduate student disciplined for progression issues, Joseph D. Lento can help you.

Phoenix Metropolitan Area Student Concerns

Students attending one of the hundreds of schools and educational programs in the Phoenix metropolitan area face unique circumstances. Teenagers and young adults are presented with trials tailored to their academic performance, peer relationships, and gaining the trust of teachers and school personnel. Yet, they also face obstacles unbeknownst to them.

Instructors, coaches, or administration officials may expect fluctuating criteria—academic, behavioral, cultural, or otherwise—that leave students confused on how to remain in good standing. Moreover, there are numerous federal funding streams schools receive, and with those come different or supplementary guidelines that must be followed but are frequently buried deep in legal jargon. Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's student defense team know how to address these particular concerns of Phoenix metropolitan students so they aren't exploited by their abilities, resources, and circumstances.

Phoenix Metropolitan Area Schools

Regardless of your school's grade, program level, degree concentration, or location in the Phoenix metropolitan area, premier student defense advisor Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm are available. For instance, dependable representation is provided for students at the following Phoenix metropolitan colleges and universities:

  • Arizona State University
  • Brown Mackie College
  • College America
  • Collins College
  • DeVry University
  • Everest College
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Ottawa University – Phoenix Campus
  • Southwestern College
  • UEI College
  • University of Phoenix – Hohokam Campus
  • Western International University

Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's student defense team are also available to provide winning discipline defense to students in graduate, professional, religious, technical, military, and specialty programs across the Phoenix metropolitan area, including:

  • American Indian College of the Assemblies of God Inc.
  • Arizona Christian University
  • Chamberlain College of Nursing Arizona
  • Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
  • International Baptist College
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
  • National Paralegal College
  • Phoenix Law School
  • Phoenix Seminary
  • The Art Institute of Phoenix
  • Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • University of Advancing Technology

Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's student defense team are available to effectively represent students in K-12 programs in public school districts across the Phoenix metropolitan area, including:

  • Alhambra Elementary School District
  • Balsz Elementary School District
  • Cartwright Elementary School District
  • Cave Creek Unified School District
  • Chandler Unified School District
  • Creighton Elementary School District
  • Deer Valley Unified School District
  • Fowler Elementary School District
  • Glendale Union High School District
  • Isaac Elementary School District
  • Kyrene Elementary School District
  • Laveen Elementary School District
  • Littleton Elementary School District
  • Madison Elementary School District
  • Murphy Elementary School District
  • Osborn Elementary School District
  • Paradise Valley Unified School District
  • Pendergast Elementary School District
  • Peoria Unified School District
  • Phoenix Elementary School District
  • Phoenix Union High School District
  • Scottsdale Unified School District
  • Tempe Elementary School District
  • Tempe Union High School District
  • Tolleson Elementary School District
  • Tolleson Union High School District
  • Riverside Elementary School District
  • Roosevelt Elementary School District
  • Union Elementary School District
  • Washington Elementary School District
  • Wilson Elementary School District

Students in private elementary and secondary schools across the Phoenix metropolitan area can also retain the help of student defense advisor Joseph D. Lento and his team at the Lento Law Firm, including those attending:

  • All Saints' Episcopal Day School
  • Brophy College Preparatory
  • Bourgade Catholic High School
  • Christ Lutheran School
  • Grace Community Christian School
  • International School of Arizona
  • Joy Community School
  • New Vistas Academy
  • Northwest Christian School
  • Notre Dame Preparatory High School
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
  • Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory
  • Phoenix Christian Unified Schools
  • Phoenix County Day School
  • Pope John XXIII Catholic School Community
  • Scottsdale Christian Academy
  • Seton Catholic High School
  • SS. Simon & Jude School
  • St. Francis Xavier School
  • St. Mary's High School
  • St. Theresa Catholic School
  • St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic School
  • St. Vincent De Paul Elementary School
  • Tesseract School
  • Valley Christian High School
  • Xavier College Preparatory

Disciplinary Defense in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area

How educational programs in the Phoenix metropolitan area categorize misconduct varies by school. Typically, there are three main types detailed in a school's code of conduct, honor code, or student handbook:

  • Academic misconduct
  • Non-academic misconduct
  • Title IX and sexual misconduct

In the prevailing social climate, schools are under immense pressure to keep their public reputations clean and will address instances of alleged misconduct swiftly and severely. Any alleged misconduct can harm your future prospects, whether it's issues with cheating and cyberbullying or failing grades and fraudulent submissions. Nevertheless, you can trust that Lento and his team have the wherewithal to defend you under any circumstances, including those in the following areas.

Academic Progression Issues

Schools expect students to obey the institution's academic guidelines to maintain accreditation with state education boards. Similarly, colleges and universities have federal financial obligations requiring students to meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP).

For example, Arizona State University has minimum thresholds for cumulative grade point average (GPA), maximum credit hours, and pace of progression. There are also mandatory graduation requirements for Notre Dame Preparatory High School and other primary and secondary schools.

Students who fail to progress academically risk probation, suspension, and expulsion. However, schools sometimes misapply their policies and disregard a student's individual circumstances. Appealing academic discipline is an avenue at any school, but students aren't prepared to negotiate with a school's dean, principal, or academic advisory office. Joseph D. Lento can represent you or your child in these matters or coach you to provide a coherent, cohesive argument to defend yourself and defeat academic dismissals.

Academic Misconduct Issues

Academic integrity is a cornerstone of any educational program. Collins College, the Scottsdale Unified School District, the Tesseract School, and all other schools in the Phoenix metropolitan area have codes of conduct prohibiting dishonest acts unbecoming of student leaders. These include but are not limited to:

  • Cheating
  • Computer Misuse
  • Falsifying assignments
  • Plagiarism
  • Unauthorized collaboration

Academic dishonesty undermines both the goal of instruction and the role of schools to act as a bulwark against malfeasance. Institutions rightfully punish those who subvert school policy, but disciplinary boards may act on questionable information.

Students responsible for academic misconduct confront the ruination of their reputation and future. Disciplinary action will remain on a student's record throughout their academic careers, so act swiftly to ensure your record is kept clean by consulting Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm and defeat false and unfair academic misconduct charges.

Non-Academic Misconduct Issues

Schools are tasked with maintaining an orderly academic and social environment. While threatening violence, illicit drug use, and trespassing will likely lead to suspension or expulsion, any act that disrupts the learning atmosphere will garner administrative correction.

For example, Grand Canyon University has policies prohibiting various items and behaviors in all college housing. Students may be charged with misconduct if they engage in:

  • Altering room architecture or appeal
  • Having pets in dormitories
  • Noise violations during quiet hours
  • Operating a business on college property
  • Removing college furniture
  • Smoking or vaping
  • Violating university guest policies

Students can be reprimanded at any level or for unwarranted disruptions in school. However, administration officials may misidentify or mischaracterize students and alleged behaviors. Even when students engage in unconventional behavior, they may have a good excuse to mitigate the need for any sanction.

Behavioral or other non-academic misconduct charges can ruin a student's reputation and close doors to further education and careers. Retain premier student defense advisor Joseph D. Lento to defend and defeat unfair and unfounded misconduct charges.

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

Federal [RB1] Title IX regulations require schools receiving federal funding to closely regulate and manage sex and gender-based discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct. Every school from elementary to doctoral programs will have a Title IX coordinator that oversees the grievance process and its investigative, hearing, and sanctioning stages.

According to Arizona State University's Title IX policy, the following are also violations:

  • Coercion
  • Dating violence
  • Domestic violence
  • Retaliation
  • Stalking
  • Solicitation

K-12 schools have Title IX regulations, too. While they are similar to colleges and universities, the process differs slightly. For example, the Deer Valley Unified School District, like all primary and secondary schools, have optional live hearings, and parents or guardians of the parties involved are privy to the process. Get assistance from Joseph D. Lento and the student defense team at the Lento Law Firm to have confidence on how to proceed in the Title IX process.

Student Defense Advisor Value Proposition

Inexperienced attorneys typically begin their defense of a student's academic career by threatening expensive lawsuits against the school. Although a formal suit is a possible course of action to keep you or your student child intact with their studies, litigation is rarely necessary. Moreover, courtroom competency does not often translate into the prudence needed to negotiate with school administration officials for a more positive outcome for the student.

The goal for students and their supportive parents is prompt, private, negotiated relief from unfair disciplinary action, not complex legal proceedings that last for months or even years. Joseph D. Lento has, time and time again, dealt with the school's OGC on behalf of the student and resolved issues outside formal hearings. Even if you cannot have professional assistance present with you during the grievance process, he and the Lento Law Firm can endow you with the knowledge and techniques to defend yourself against severe punishments.

When you retain student defense advisor Joseph D. Lento, you're equipped with the best available school discipline representation. Call 888-535-3686 today or visit the confidential online consultation form.

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If you, or your student, are facing any kind of disciplinary action, or other negative academic sanction, and are having feelings of uncertainty and anxiety for what the future may hold, contact the Lento Law Firm today, and let us help secure your academic career.

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