Dealing with student discipline problems can be distressing. When a student is in trouble at school, the stress and anxiety of dealing with those issues can compound problems and feel unmanageable. School discipline issues can threaten a student's standing in their school or university and could lead to suspensions or dismissals from school if not addressed quickly. School discipline defense attorney-advisor Joseph D. Lento is experienced in helping students of all educational levels throughout the Tulsa area defend themselves from unfair charges. If you or your child is facing an academic or disciplinary problem at school, the Lento Law Firm can assist you in creating a strong defense that protects your rights and helps you guard your future. Don't let problems at school snowball into permanent marks on your record. Retain the Lento Law Firm today by calling 888.535.3686 and protect your educational career.
The Tulsa Metropolitan Area
The Tulsa Metropolitan area is home to the majority of Oklahoma's cultural, educational, and economic opportunities. While Tulsa was historically centered around the oil industry, today the city is a thriving metropolitan area housing major corporations in the finance, aviation, and technology sectors. As the largest city in northeast Oklahoma (and second-largest in the state), Tulsa is surrounded by two rings of suburbs that make up its metropolitan area. The first ring of suburbs includes Catoosa, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Jenks, and Owasso. The outer ring of suburbs includes towns like Bartlesville, Muskogee, Claremore, Okmulgee, Glenpool, and Collinsville. The Tulsa area extends over seven counties, including Tulsa, Rogers, Wagoner, Creek, and Osage counties. Attorney-advisor Joseph Lento can assist students across the Tulsa-Muskogee-Bartlesville area with defending themselves from school misconduct proceedings and protecting both their educational progression and future professional opportunities.
Tulsa Metro Area Student Concerns
Life as a student can be difficult. Students have to deal with many competing pressures, from relationships with their friends, family, and teachers to balancing their coursework with social and extracurricular activities. One of the biggest problems that may affect a student's performance is bullying and aggression from other students. Students who are bullied may be more likely to miss classes and skip school. Bullying is also linked to poor academic performance and may cause a student's grades or test scores to slip.
Tulsa students are often overloaded with coursework and homework. Even after they leave the school building, students may be overwhelmed with the amount of work that they need to complete. Students have more work than ever before, which can lead to stress, anxiety, and burnout. In addition to more work in general, students in the Tulsa area are also facing increased competition for grades, scholarships, and degree programs. The pressure to succeed at high levels can frequently overwhelm students and may lead their academic performance to suffer. When these issues result in academic or behavioral problems at school, the experienced student defense team at the Lento Law Firm can help you highlight the reasons for the behavior and create a reasonable resolution.
Tulsa Metropolitan Area Schools
The expert student defense team at the Lento Law Firm is available to help students no matter where they are located in the Tulsa metropolitan area. Attorney-advisor Joseph Lento is a nationally recognized leader in student defense and can help students at all educational levels with problems and concerns at their educational institution. Some of the colleges, universities, and technical schools in the area where the Lento Law Firm can assist include:
- Oklahoma State University—Tulsa
- Langston University
- Oral Roberts University
- National American University
- University of Oklahoma
- University of Tulsa
- Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology
- Clary Sage College
- Tulsa Technology Center
- Tulsa Welding School
In addition to helping students at the university level and beyond, the Lento Law Firm student defense team can also assist younger students from the elementary level through high school. The Tulsa metropolitan area includes several school districts where attorney-advisor Joseph Lento can help, like:
- Tulsa Public Schools
- Jenks Public Schools
- Union Public Schools
- Broken Arrow Public Schools
- Bixby Public Schools
- Owasso Public Schools
Students within these school districts have the option to attend many reputable primary, middle, and high schools in Tulsa, Bartlesville, Muskogee, and surrounding towns. The Lento Law Firm has helped hundreds of students defend themselves from unfair, biased, or mistaken allegations, including students attending schools such as:
- Booker T. Washington High School
- Bishop Kelley High School
- Cascia Hall Preparatory School
- Holland High School
- Riverfield Country Day School
- Metro Christian Academy
- Monte Cassino School
- Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School
- All Saints Catholic School
- Lincoln Christian School
- Marquette Christian School
- Miss Helen's Private School
- Mingo Valley Christian
- Town & Country School
- Wright Christian Academy
- Peace Academy
- Regent Preparatory School
- Augustine Christian Academy
Student Disciplinary Defense in the Tulsa-Muskogee-Bartlesville Area
Student disciplinary problems can take many forms, and the Lento Law Firm can help with all of them. Some student problems may be academic, like accusations of cheating, honor code violations, or issues maintaining satisfactory academic progress. Other students may have issues with behavioral problems, like allegations of bullying, fighting, destroying school property, or misusing school computers.
While every school has a slightly different academic disciplinary policy, most schools have similar processes. After a complaint has been made about the student, the administration will review it and talk to the student about the allegations. After, a committee is generally assigned to review the complaint and investigate the issue. The student may then be subject to a formal hearing on the accusation, where the committee will issue a ruling. In some cases, the student may have the ability to appeal a negative ruling. The academic disciplinary process can be intimidating and overwhelming for many students to deal with on their own. No matter the issue you are facing, the experienced student defense team at the Lento Law Firm is ready to help you clear your name and protect your reputation.
Academic Progression Issues
Any educational program requires its students to meet certain standards. In order to maintain standing as a full- or part-time student, students must take a certain number of credits and achieve satisfactory grades. If students do not meet these expectations, they can be required to complete remedial classes, work with a tutor, or may face academic suspension or dismissal. For example, Oral Roberts University requires its students who are falling behind to meet retention levels over the course of a year with the possibility of summer school before being placed on academic probation.
There are many reasons why students could have problems with academic progression, and not all of them fall on the shoulders of the student. Some students fall behind because they are dealing with serious personal issues or illnesses. Others may not succeed as they should due to poor instruction or unclear assignments. Working with an attorney-advisor can help students make the case for why they should be allowed to continue their education and can help get students back on track.
Academic Misconduct Issues
For many schools, issues with academic misconduct like cheating, fraud, and plagiarism are treated severely. Schools must maintain their educational reputations and academic standing and protect themselves by going to great lengths to punish students caught breaking their rules. However, while academic misconduct is rightly treated seriously, many students are falsely accused or are victims of a misunderstanding. Whether accusations of academic misconduct are the result of confusion on the part of the school or a poor decision on the part of the student, academic misconduct student defense attorney-advisor Joseph D. Lento can review the claims and help students craft a solid defense. If you are facing a reprimand, academic probation, suspension, or dismissal, the experienced student defense team at the Lento Law Firm will guide you through every step of the school discipline process and help you defend your rights and protect your future.
Behavioral Misconduct Issues
Students at the majority of schools and universities are required to abide by the school's code of conduct. These rules govern student behavior and what types of activities are allowed or not allowed on campus. Often these regulations prohibit things like hazing, student violence, drug and alcohol use, and general disruptions in class. However, the student code of conduct may also cover everything ranging from the dress code to the use of school computers and equipment to behaviors that would not be prohibited outside of campus. For instance, students who are of legal drinking age could still face punishments for having alcohol on a dry campus.
The consequences of behavioral misconduct often depend on the type of behavior being punished. Students could lose scholarships, lose their right to live in student housing, be forced to take substance abuse classes, or may need to pay fines or make restitution. If the behavior is severe enough, students could be issued formal reprimands, or face suspension, dismissal, or expulsion. If you or your child is under investigation by their school for misconduct, it is important to get help before the consequences spiral out of control. The Lento Law Firm has helped hundreds of students across Tulsa and the rest of the country create a winning defense strategy that can avoid many of the most severe sanctions. If you have been accused of misconduct at school, contact student defense attorney-advisor Joseph D. Lento today to learn more about your rights and options.
Title IX Sexual Misconduct Issues
Relationships between students can be complicated in the best of circumstances. Adding to these complications are the requirements schools must follow under Title IX to proactively prevent and punish sexual assault and other sex-related offenses. Title IX is a federal civil rights law that requires schools that receive federal funding to treat students equally regardless of gender or sex. In the context of schools and universities, this means putting policies in place to prevent sexual misconduct. While all schools have their own rules regarding student behavior, in general, Title IX cases can involve issues of sexual assault, unwanted sexual touching, nonconsensual sexual activity, and sexual harassment. In some schools, Title IX policies can also govern activities like pornography use, revenge porn, and distribution of sexual pictures or videos.
Students who are accused of violations under Title IX have the right to due process, meaning that they have the right to fair treatment from their school and the right to defend themselves from allegations. Title IX attorney-advisor Joseph D. Lento can assist students through the complicated Title IX investigation and hearing processes by attending meetings with Title IX investigators, clarifying the rules and procedures of the hearing, asking relevant questions, and making sure procedures are followed, and helping students to craft their defense to allegations.
Title IX cases are not the same as criminal cases. Unlike in a criminal case, a student found responsible for a Title IX sexual assault will not face jail time but instead could face suspension or expulsion from school. The standards of proof are also very different; unlike in a criminal case where a student must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, Title IX cases are administrative hearings where the standard of proof is much lower. If the investigator finds that it is more likely than not that a student committed a sexual assault or other offense, that is sufficient to justify a finding of responsibility. Because the standard of proof is lower, it is easier to find a student responsible for the allegations. As a result, it is extremely important for students accused of Title IX offenses to work with an experienced student defense advisor-attorney to protect themselves from the potential long-term consequences of the allegations. The Lento Law Firm has assisted students in all types of Title IX cases and understands the process intimately. Contact Title IX advisor-attorney Joseph D. Lento as soon as possible after an allegation arises, and don't let your educational career be left to chance.
School Discipline Defense Attorney-Advisor Value in Tulsa
The value of retaining a school discipline defense attorney-advisor cannot be understated. While students may be tempted to defend school disciplinary issues themselves, having the assistance of an advisor who can interpret school regulations and understand how school administrators function can mean the difference between a successful resolution and permanent marks on your academic record. Attorney-advisor Joseph D. Lento has dedicated his career to helping students defend themselves against unfair charges and can help you and your family formulate a plan for your defense. Don't let your academic career depend on the whims of your school's administration. Retain the Lento Law Firm today by calling 888.535.3686 now.