Texas Title IX Advisor For International Students

Sexual assault is a pervasive issue in colleges and universities. It's such a serious problem that federal agencies like the Department of Education have prioritized efforts to deter the rates of epidemic-like rates of sexual assault and other sexual misconduct on college campuses.

In the midst of the current chaos surrounding Title IX oversight and enforcement, there's a silver lining: schools have been inspired to take best practices for remedying sexual misconduct into their own hands. Texas institutions have been providing an abundance of support and resources to college students in a way that they believe the collective student body can comprehend and utilize. But in a well-intentioned effort to unify understanding of sexual misconduct policy and Title IX among all students, campus administrators may be leaving a growing population of students vulnerable: international students.

Tens of thousands of international students move to Texas every year to seize the benefits of the United States' educational system. In turn, they better state campuses by diversifying and contributing a fresh valuable perspective to these educational environments. Title IX policies apply to international students as they do to students who are native Texans. This is the case for international students who end up being accusers, known as “complainants,” and the accused, referred to as “respondents.”

Understanding Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments is a federal civil rights law that protects all students from discrimination based on gender in federally funded colleges and universities, regardless of immigration status, national origin, or citizen status. Sexual misconduct in all of its forms - sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, etc. - is considered gender-based discrimination under this law. Therefore, under current guidelines, higher education institutions are required to promptly and fairly adjudicate all complaints alleging this misconduct.

The Effects of Sexual Misconduct Allegations on Texas International Students

Being a respondent in sexual misconduct cases already has its inherent disadvantages. For example, respondents have reported being treated less favorably than complainants despite the fact that Title IX encourages that the interests of both students are to be catered to.

But being a respondent who is an international student comes with unique challenges. international students may experience alienation, not only due to the nature of the system but as a result of being unfamiliar with certain American customs. Many international students may not be aware of the expectations, rights, and obligations bestowed upon an accused student. And for international students who may not understand things like the burden of proof and investigatory procedures in the Title IX process, being accused can be a very confusing situation.

Sexual Misconduct Allegations and Student Visas

Unfortunately, international students have more to lose when accused of sexual misconduct.

For international students to remain in the United States to study, they must acquire a student visa. To keep this visa, students are required to maintain a full-time course load, which is at least 12 academic credit hours per semester. Accusations of sexual misconduct can put a temporary and even permanent end to your education if you are found “responsible” for said accusations. This could cause an international student to lose their visa.

Texas Title IX Advisor for Student Defense

There's too much at stake for international students accused of sexual misconduct, to not obtain legal representation. A responsible finding will derail your academic and professional plans immensely. If you're an international student in Texas who believes that you are innocent and you're seeking help, it's important you reach out to an experienced 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.

Texas 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:

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Alvin Community College
  • Amarillo College
  • American InterContinental University Houston
  • Angelina College
  • Angelo State University
  • Argosy University Dallas
  • Arlington Baptist College
  • Austin College
  • Austin Community College District
  • Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary
  • Baptist University of the Americas
  • Baylor University
  • Blinn College
  • Brazosport College
  • Brookhaven College
  • Brown Mackie College San Antonio
  • Career Point College
  • Cedar Valley College
  • Central Texas College
  • Chamberlain College of Nursing Texas
  • Cisco College
  • Clarendon College
  • Coastal Bend College
  • College of Biblical Studies Houston
  • College of the Mainland
  • Collin County Community College District
  • Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
  • Concordia University Texas
  • Court Reporting Institute Wheeler Institute of Texas
  • Culinary Institute Inc.
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Dallas Christian College
  • Dallas Institute of Funeral Service
  • Del Mar College
  • DeVry University Texas
  • East Texas Baptist University
  • Eastfield College
  • El Centro College
  • El Paso Community College
  • Everest College Arlington
  • Everest College Dallas
  • Everest College Fort Worth
  • Everest College Fort Worth South
  • Frank Phillips College
  • Galveston College
  • Grayson County College
  • Hardin Simmons University
  • Hill College
  • Houston Baptist University
  • Houston Community College
  • Howard College
  • Howard Payne University
  • Huston Tillotson University
  • International Academy of Design and Technology San Antonio
  • ITT Technical Institute Arlington
  • ITT Technical Institute Austin
  • ITT Technical Institute DeSoto
  • ITT Technical Institute Houston North
  • ITT Technical Institute Houston West
  • ITT Technical Institute Richardson
  • ITT Technical Institute San Antonio
  • ITT Technical Institute Waco
  • ITT Technical Institute Webster
  • Jacksonville College Main Campus
  • Jarvis Christian College
  • KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts
  • Kilgore College
  • Lamar Institute of Technology
  • Lamar State College Orange
  • Lamar State College Port Arthur
  • Lamar University
  • Laredo Community College
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Austin
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Dallas
  • Lee College
  • LeTourneau University
  • Lon Morris College
  • Lone Star College System
  • Lubbock Christian University
  • McLennan Community College
  • McMurry University
  • Midland College
  • Midwestern State University
  • Mountain View College
  • National American University Austin
  • Navarro College
  • North American College
  • North Central Texas College
  • North Lake College
  • Northeast Texas Community College
  • Northwest Vista College
  • Northwood University Texas
  • Odessa College
  • Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio
  • Palo Alto College
  • Panola College
  • Paris Junior College
  • Paul Quinn College
  • Prairie View A & M University
  • Ranger College
  • Remington College Dallas Campus
  • Remington College Fort Worth Campus
  • Remington College Houston Campus
  • Remington College Houston Southeast Campus
  • Remington College North Houston Campus
  • Rice University
  • Richland College
  • Saint Edward's University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • San Antonio College
  • San Jacinto Community College
  • Sanford Brown College Dallas
  • Sanford Brown College Houston
  • Sanford Brown College Houston North Loop
  • Sanford Brown College San Antonio
  • Schreiner University
  • South Plains College
  • South Texas College
  • South University The Art Institute of Dallas
  • South University The Art Institute of Fort Worth
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Southwest Career College
  • Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
  • Southwest Texas Junior College
  • Southwestern Adventist University
  • Southwestern Assemblies of God University
  • Southwestern Christian College
  • Southwestern University
  • St Philip's College
  • St. Mary's University
  • Stephen F Austin State University
  • Sul Ross State University
  • Tarleton State University
  • Tarrant County College District
  • Temple College
  • Texarkana College
  • Texas A & M International University
  • Texas A & M University College Station
  • Texas A & M University Commerce
  • Texas A & M University Corpus Christi
  • Texas A & M University Galveston
  • Texas A & M University Kingsville
  • Texas A & M University Texarkana
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas College
  • Texas Lutheran University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Texas State Technical College Harlingen
  • Texas State Technical College Waco
  • Texas State Technical College Marshall
  • Texas State Technical College West Texas
  • Texas State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Texas Wesleyan University
  • Texas Woman's University
  • The Art Institute of Austin
  • The Art Institute of Houston
  • The Art Institute of San Antonio
  • The College of Saint Thomas More
  • The University of Texas at Arlington
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville
  • The University of Texas at Dallas
  • The University of Texas at El Paso
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • The University of Texas at Tyler
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
  • The University of Texas Pan American
  • Trinity University
  • Trinity Valley Community College
  • Tyler Junior College
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Houston
  • University of Houston Downtown
  • University of Houston Victoria
  • University of Mary Hardin Baylor
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Phoenix Austin Campus
  • University of Phoenix Dallas Campus
  • University of Phoenix Houston Campus
  • University of Phoenix San Antonio Campus
  • University of St Thomas
  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • Vernon College
  • Vet Tech Institute of Houston
  • Victoria College
  • Virginia College Austin
  • Wade College
  • Wayland Baptist University
  • Weatherford College
  • West Texas A & M University
  • Western Texas College
  • Wharton County Junior College
  • Wiley College

All students must be extremely mindful when accused of sexual misconduct at their college or university; international students in particular, however, can have even more concerns at all stage of Title IX proceedings because the stakes are higher yet – When first contacted by their school's Title IX office, when a sexual misconduct investigation begins, when facing a hearing or an appeal, or when seeking further recourse by filing a Title IX complaint with the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights when necessary.  For international students who are facing a Title IX case and their families, it is critical to take the necessary precautions as soon as possible, including having an experienced attorney advisor, when accused of sexual misconduct.  Unfortunately, some international students, not being as familiar what is at stake and also their rights in the process, will mistakenly believe that if they "just explain what happened," everything will work out.  Title IX cases can be won, but international students and their families must recognize, however, that achieving a favorable in a Title IX case requires a dedicated and intensive approach best handled by a professional who has a track record of successes in the Title IX disciplinary arena.

Fighting passionately for the future of international students at colleges and universities throughout the nation for over a decade, Joseph D. Lento knows how important it is to mount the strongest defense because he understands that an international student's academic and professional future and Visa is on the line. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph Lento is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted as an attorney pro hac vice in state and federal court if needed when representing clients nationwide, and serves as a Title IX advisor to international students facing sexual misconduct investigations and disciplinary cases in Texas and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento today.

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