Washington Title IX Advisor

What is Title IX?

Title IX is federal civil rights legislation that provides the following:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation, be denied in the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

In essence, this law prohibits gender-based discrimination committed by or against students, staff, and faculty in federally funded educational institutions. Its broad enforcement has molded many colleges and universities into the relatively equitable places they are today. Many policies found in a school's code of conduct are influenced by Title IX, and a number of once controversial issues have been settled due to Title's enforcement. For example, the applicability of this law in regard to women's intercollegiate sports has provided more sporting options for women and has increased the number of scholarships they are being offered in proportion with men's scholarships. Title IX has also justified creating guidelines for the treatment of pregnant women and new moms who are students.

But although Title IX has done great things throughout the years, there are some say that there still is a long way to go to improve gender equity on higher education institution campuses. Many have posed questions about Title IX processes and its applicability in regard to a recent controversial issue: sexual misconduct on college campuses.

Title IX and Misconduct

The topic of sexual misconduct on college campuses has been hotly debated and addressed in recent years. Under Title IX, sexual misconduct in all its forms - sexual assault, sexual harassment, rape etc. - is considered gender-based discrimination if these actions are “so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively bars the victim's access to an educational opportunity or benefit.” Many courts have concluded that actions that fall under the definition of sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape generally meet that standard.

Colleges and universities in compliance with Title IX are obligated to investigate, reprimand and assist in convicting students that are found guilty of sexual misconduct under two circumstances:

  • An institution has authority over the accused (he or she attends the school); and
  • The perceived instance of sexual misconduct occurred on school property

The Advantages of Selecting an Attorney as Your Title IX Advisor

Federal law gives you, as an accused student, the option of choosing whoever you would like to advise you. An advisor accompanies students involved in allegations through their school's Title IX processes.

If you have been accused of sexual assault and have yet to choose an advisor, here are a few reasons why you should select an attorney to occupy this role:

  • An attorney will hold higher education institutions accountable for their actions
  • An attorney will not disclose confidential information
  • An attorney will help you prepare you for a hearing

Experienced Washington Title IX Advisor

If you attend a Washington college or university and are facing accusations of sexual assault, you should consult with a professional dedicated to protecting your academic and professional goals. Skilled attorney and Title IX advisor Joseph D. Lento is here to help. Contact him today.

Washington 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:

  • Antioch University Seattle
  • Argosy University Seattle
  • Bates Technical College
  • Bellevue College
  • Bellingham Technical College
  • Big Bend Community College
  • Cascadia Community College
  • Central Washington University
  • Centralia College
  • City University of Seattle
  • Clark College
  • Clover Park Technical College
  • Columbia Basin College
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • DeVry University Washington
  • DigiPen Institute of Technology
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everest College Bremerton
  • Everest College Everett
  • Everest College Tacoma
  • Everest College Vancouver
  • Everett Community College
  • Faith Evangelical College & Seminary
  • Gonzaga University
  • Grays Harbor College
  • Green River Community College
  • Heritage University
  • Highline Community College
  • International Academy of Design and Technology Seattle
  • ITT Technical Institute Everett
  • ITT Technical Institute Seattle
  • ITT Technical Institute Spokane Valley
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • Lower Columbia College
  • Northwest Aviation College
  • Northwest College of Art
  • Northwest Indian College
  • Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building
  • Northwest University
  • Olympic College
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Peninsula College
  • Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom
  • Pierce College at Puyallup
  • Renton Technical College
  • Saint Martin's University
  • Seattle Community College Central Campus
  • Seattle Community College North Campus
  • Seattle Community College South Campus
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • Shoreline Community College
  • Skagit Valley College
  • South Puget Sound Community College
  • Spokane Community College
  • Spokane Falls Community College
  • Tacoma Community College
  • The Art Institute of Seattle
  • The Evergreen State College
  • Trinity Lutheran College
  • University of Phoenix Western Washington Campus
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Washington Bothell Campus
  • University of Washington Seattle Campus
  • University of Washington Tacoma Campus
  • Walla Walla Community College
  • Walla Walla University
  • Washington State University
  • Wenatchee Valley College
  • Western Washington University
  • Whatcom Community College
  • Whitman College
  • Whitworth University
  • Yakima Valley Community College

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 future 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 Washington 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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