Vermont Title IX Advisor

Title IX and Sexual Assault

Schools that receive federal funding are required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments Act of 1972. This legislation prohibits discriminatory acts made on the basis of sex towards students, faculty, and staff. Although many people's minds may wander to gender equality for sports or pay when they think about this law, Title IX is far more wide-reaching than that. According to this statute, sexual misconduct such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other sex related crimes fall under gender discrimination and are prohibited by Title IX. Each school must abide by its processes in order to investigate and mitigate any instances of perceived sexual assault reported to a Title IX Coordinator.

In previous years, school authorities would sometimes disregard these cases and sweep them under the rug in order to prevent tarnishing the school's reputation. Now, these institutions undergo pressure from both state and federal agencies to aggressively handle these issues. The threat of the loss of federal funding looms over these school's heads in cases when federal agencies believe that they did not act properly and accordingly. Therefore, schools sometimes approach processes in a fashion that could forfeit the entitled rights of one or more parties in these cases. And unlike the criminal justice system, which guarantees due process and a fair trial, some schools don't carry out the same promise.

Choosing an Attorney as Your Title IX Advisor

Students are given the option of choosing an advisor - a person who will assist them with the investigation and grievance processes, as well as be present at the hearing conducted by the school. Figuring out whom will ultimately occupy the role of an advisor and accompany them through this tumultuous experience is one of the most important decisions that students facing these allegations will make. Students are encouraged to choose anyone they would like. The characteristics that are found in an advisory candidate that often times influence a student to pick them are comfortability, independence from the school and confidentiality. Most students can find all of these traits in an attorney, along with other valuable skills they obtain that could be used during processes. Hiring an attorney to fulfill this role is an overall wise choice that will maximize a student's chances of success.

Experienced Vermont Title IX Advisor

If you are a college student who has been accused of sexual assault on a Vermont college or university campus, you have a lot at stake. These accusations could potentially jeopardize your academic future, professional future, and even your freedom. When contemplating who you should pick as your advisor, understand that your selection of an experienced professional sends a message to your school that you are serious about protecting your rights. Skilled Title IX advisor Joseph D. Lento is here to help you every step of the way. Contact him today.

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

Title IX violations and Title IX charges can change an accused student's life if not defended against properly and as early as possible during the disciplinary process, and Joseph D. Lento has nearly a decade of experience passionately fighting for the futures of his clients at universities and colleges throughout the nation. 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 and New Jersey, 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 and educational consultant to students facing disciplinary cases in Vermont 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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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 our offices today, and let us help secure your academic career.

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