Michigan Title IX Advisor International Students

Students from other countries move to the United States every year to experience the opportunities the country's colleges and universities present. These students from other countries, known as international students, move to Michigan to attend schools like the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University and more to get a college degree and propel their careers. In turn, these students better Michigan campuses by diversifying them and lending their talents, brain power, and skill to improve these academic environments.

Title IX is a federal law that covers all college students and regulates how schools handle cases of sexual misconduct. If an international student is involved in a case of sexual misconduct, whether they are an accuser, known as a “complainant,” or the accused, referred to as a “respondent,” they are expected to abide by this law. But unfortunately, there are certain aspects of this law and its enforcement that may leave international students vulnerable.

Sexual misconduct allegations can lead to serious consequences for any student under Title IX. However, international students must be aware of how this law specifically and uniquely impacts them.

Understanding Title IX

Discrimination of any form is strictly prohibited on college campuses under federal law. Students are protected from gender-based discrimination, in particular, under Title IX of the Education Amendments. Title IX covers all students, regardless of their citizen status, national origin, or immigration status.

Sexual misconduct falls under the umbrella of gender-based discrimination, and there are multiple actions that constitute sexual misconduct. Some of them include sexual harassment, sexual assault, and dating violence - all of which are prevalent on college campuses. Under current Title IX guidance, higher education institutions are to fairly and promptly adjudicate all complaints alleging sexual misconduct in any of its forms.

How Sexual Misconduct Allegations Affect Michigan International Students

Being a respondent in the Title IX process obviously comes with inherent disadvantages. Because of the social stigma these allegations carry, many respondents report being mistreated and neglected by fellow students, peers, staff, and administration throughout the process for merely being accused of sexual misconduct. This isn't an uncommon phenomenon despite the fact that Title IX endorses that the interests of both parties are to be equally considered and catered to.

A respondent who also happens to be an international student will face a unique set of challenges that could disadvantage them further. Many international students feel alienated throughout the Title IX process, not only due to the nature of the allegations but as a result of being unfamiliar with certain American customs.

International students are often less aware of the rights entitled to them and the obligations they're expected to fulfill. Also, important concepts like evidentiary standards and investigatory procedures must be understood to gain leverage in the Title IX process. Not having a firm grasp on these concepts as an international student can make being accused a very confusing situation.

Sexual Misconduct Allegations and Student Visas

The unfortunate reality for international students is that they have a lot to lose when accused of academic misconduct. In fact, these students have much more to lose than the average native student in the same predicament.

In order for international students to remain in the United States for their studies, they must acquire a student visa. This visa only remains effective when international students fulfill certain requirements. Among these requirements is the obligation to maintain a full-time course load, which is equivalent to at least 12 academic credit hours per semester. If an international student is found “responsible” for this misconduct, said student's ability to continue their education becomes compromised. A suspension or expulsion can result in an international student losing their visa.

Michigan Title IX Advisor for Student Defense

As you can see, international students have a lot to lose when accused of sexual misconduct in Michigan colleges and universities. A responsible finding can derail your professional and academic goals. This is why if you're an international student who believes that they're innocent and you're seeking help, it's imperative you reach out to an attorney. Attorney Joseph D. Lento of the Lento Law Firm can help you make sense of your situation and give you options that will increase your chances of a favorable outcome - contact him today online or by phone at 888-535-3686.

Michigan colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your international student's Title IX advisor during investigations, hearings, and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following schools:

  • Adrian College
  • Albion College
  • Alma College
  • Alpena Community College
  • Andrews University
  • Aquinas College
  • Baker College Center for Graduate Studies
  • Baker College of Allen Park
  • Baker College of Auburn Hills
  • Baker College of Cadillac
  • Baker College of Clinton Township
  • Baker College of Flint
  • Baker College of Jackson
  • Baker College of Muskegon
  • Baker College of Owosso
  • Baker College of Port Huron
  • Bay de Noc Community College
  • Bay Mills Community College
  • Calvin College
  • Central Michigan University
  • Cleary University
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Compass College of Cinematic Arts
  • Concordia University Ann Arbor
  • Cornerstone University
  • Davenport University
  • Delta College
  • DeVry University Michigan
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Finlandia University
  • Glen Oaks Community College
  • Gogebic Community College
  • Grace Bible College
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Great Lakes Christian College
  • Henry Ford Community College
  • Hope College
  • International Academy of Design and Technology Troy
  • ITT Technical Institute Canton
  • ITT Technical Institute Dearborn
  • ITT Technical Institute Swartz Creek
  • ITT Technical Institute Troy
  • ITT Technical Institute Wyoming
  • Jackson Community College
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Kellogg Community College
  • Kettering University
  • Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
  • Kirtland Community College
  • Kuyper College
  • Lake Michigan College
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Lansing Community College
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Macomb Community College
  • Madonna University
  • Marygrove College
  • Michigan Jewish Institute
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Mid Michigan Community College
  • Monroe County Community College
  • Montcalm Community College
  • Mott Community College
  • Muskegon Community College
  • North Central Michigan College
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Northwestern Michigan College
  • Northwood University Michigan
  • Oakland Community College
  • Oakland University
  • Olivet College
  • Rochester College
  • Sacred Heart Major Seminary
  • Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Sanford Brown College Dearborn
  • Sanford Brown College Grand Rapids
  • Schoolcraft College
  • Siena Heights University
  • South University Novi
  • Southwestern Michigan College
  • Spring Arbor Universit