West Virginia Title IX Advisor

The Benefits of Choosing an Attorney as Your Title IX Advisor

Unfortunately, some people have decided to believe the misconception that hiring a lawyer is a waste of time and money. This couldn't be further from the truth. Those who fail to take advantage of their constitutional right to an attorney oftentimes miss the opportunity to salvage their academic and potential professional career over these allegations. The fact remains that no one has more experience with handling these types of cases than a legal professional. In fact, they have all the legal expertise and experience that you, as a student, need to defend yourself in the best and most effective way possible. Students who are truly aware of the seriousness of these accusations will understand that working with an attorney will increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome.

If you have been accused of sexual assault, and have yet to choose a Title IX advisor, here are a few reasons why you should consider selecting an attorney:

An Attorney Will Hold Higher Education Institutions Accountable

Schools that receive federal funding likely reference Title IX in its code of conduct - a list of guidelines that students, staff and faculty are expected to follow. It contains explicit detail of Title IX processes, and how they will be carried out by school authorities. Although each student, especially students facing accusations, should be knowledgeable of these regulations, this is not always the case. Students have busy lives and probably did not think that they would ever find themselves in the situation that they are currently in. In the midst of a student's ignorance, schools may be operating in a fashion that does not fall in line with its own code of conduct and Title IX processes.

However, attorneys, who have the duty to be knowledgeable of Title IX and the state and federal rules that govern it, will be able to pinpoint when a school has strayed from its own rules and practices. They even have the authority to draft what is known as a “litigation hold” letter to remind schools that if authorities are caught acting inappropriately, an institution may be subject to legal action. Having a lawyer present is an indirect way to send a message that you are serious about protecting your rights that are entitled to you.

An Attorney Will Help You Conduct A Thorough Investigation

The investigation process is one of the most important aspects of the Title IX process. This is the time when a student collects evidence, drafts a statement and interviews witness in preparation for a hearing that will dictate their future as a student at that institution. Most students don't have prior experience doing these things, and they may not even know where to start. This is when the presence of a lawyer becomes useful. Legal professionals with any trial experience have likely worked closely with investigators and have even conducted their own investigations to obtain more evidence for their clients.

Experienced West Virginia Title IX Advisor

Accusations of sexual assault are serious matters that have the ability to jeopardize your academic future and possibly your professional future. It is critical that a respondent does not just go through the motions, and instead contacts an experienced professional that is dedicated to fighting for you. Contact skilled West Virginia Title IX advisor Joseph D. Lento today.

West Virginia 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:

  • Alderson Broaddus College
  • American Public University System
  • Appalachian Bible College
  • Bethany College
  • Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
  • Bluefield State College
  • Bridgemont Community and Technical College
  • Concord University
  • Davis & Elkins College
  • Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College
  • Fairmont State University
  • Glenville State College
  • Huntington Junior College
  • ITT Technical Institute Huntington
  • Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College
  • Marshall University
  • Mountain State College
  • Mountain State University
  • Mountwest Community and Technical College
  • New River Community and Technical College
  • Ohio Valley University
  • Pierpont Community and Technical College
  • Potomac State College of West Virginia University
  • Salem International University
  • Shepherd University
  • Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
  • University of Charleston
  • Valley College Beckley
  • Valley College Martinsburg
  • Valley College Princeton
  • West Liberty University
  • West Virginia Business College Wheeling
  • West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport
  • West Virginia Junior College Charleston
  • West Virginia Junior College Morgantown
  • West Virginia Northern Community College
  • West Virginia State University
  • West Virginia University
  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg
  • West Virginia University Institute of Technology
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Wheeling Jesuit University

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 West Virginia 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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