What should a student athlete in Massachusetts do when facing a disciplinary violation or administrative issue at their college or university or with the NCAA? VIDEO

Student athletes and Massachusetts are uniquely situated at their college, university, or high school. Student athletes put their blood, sweat, and tears into their sport and their academics, and that is why it is troubling when they are treated unfairly or do not receive independent support when charged with a disciplinary violation such as academic misconduct or Title IX sexual misconduct, or are facing an administrative issue at their school or before a conference or sports governing body. Coaches, athletic directors, and NCAA administrators, for example, often do what's in the programs or their best interests and not what's in these student athletes' best interests.

Student athletes must have an experienced attorney advocate guide them when a disciplinary or compliance issue arises and the student athlete faces an investigation or administrative proceedings at their Massachusetts school or before a sports governing body. Issues unique to student athletes can include sports-related dismissals or suspensions, inappropriate or abusive behavior by coaches, eligibility hardship or scholarship issues, transfer disputes, NCAA administrative appeals, and issues related to injuries, concussions, and sports litigation.

You must take the necessary precautions before discussing any issues or concerns with your school or administrators. You must also understand your rights and responsibilities. An experienced attorney advisor will level the playing field and they should be in your corner from as early as possible in the process.

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

  • American International College
  • Amherst College
  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption College
  • Babson College
  • Bard College at Simon's Rock
  • Bay Path College
  • Bay State College
  • Becker College
  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
  • Bentley University
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Berkshire Community College
  • Boston Architectural College
  • Boston Baptist College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Bristol Community College
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Cambridge College
  • Cape Cod Community College
  • Clark University
  • College of Our Lady of the Elms
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Curry College
  • Dean College
  • Eastern Nazarene College
  • Emerson College
  • Emmanuel College
  • Endicott College
  • Fisher College
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Framingham State University
  • Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Gordon College
  • Greenfield Community College
  • Hampshire College
  • Harvard University
  • Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
  • Holyoke Community College
  • ITT Technical Institute Norwood
  • ITT Technical Institute Wilmington
  • Laboure College
  • Lasell College
  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
  • Lesley University
  • Longy School of Music
  • Marian Court College
  • Massachusetts Bay Community College
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Massasoit Community College
  • Merrimack College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Montserrat College of Art
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Mount Ida College
  • Mount Wachusett Community College
  • New England College of Business
  • Newbury College Brookline
  • Nichols College
  • North Shore Community College
  • Northeastern University
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • Pine Manor College
  • Quincy College
  • Quinsigamond Community College
  • Regis College
  • Roxbury Community College
  • Saint John's Seminary
  • Salem State University
  • Sanford Brown College Boston
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
  • Simmons College
  • Smith College
  • Springfield College
  • Springfield Technical Community College
  • Stonehill College
  • Suffolk University
  • The Boston Conservatory
  • The New England Conservatory of Music
  • The New England Institute of Art
  • Tufts University
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts - Boston
  • University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
  • University of Massachusetts - Lowell
  • University of Phoenix - Boston Campus
  • Urban College of Boston
  • Wellesley College
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Western New England University
  • Westfield State University
  • Wheaton College
  • Wheelock College
  • Williams College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Worcester State University
  • Zion Bible College

Massachusetts high schools where Joseph D. Lento can help as your student athlete's advisor during investigations, hearings and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following school districts:

A

  • Abington School Department
  • Acton School Department
  • Acton-Boxborough Regional School District
  • Acushnet School Department
  • Adams-Cheshire Regional School District
  • Agawam School Department
  • Amesbury School Department
  • Amherst School Department
  • Amherst-Pelham Regional School District
  • Andover School Department
  • Arlington School Department
  • Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School District
  • Ashland School Department
  • Athol-Royalston Regional School District
  • Attleborough School Department
  • Auburn School Department
  • Avon School Department
  • Ayer School Department

B

  • Barnstable School Department
  • Bedford School Department
  • Belchertown School Department
  • Bellingham School Department
  • Berkley School Department
  • Berlin School Department
  • Berlin-Boylston Regional School District
  • Beverly School Department
  • Billerica School Department
  • Blackstone-Millville Regional School District
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Bourne School Department
  • Boylston School Department
  • Braintree School Department
  • Brewster School Department
  • Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District
  • Brockton Public Schools
  • Brookfield School Department
  • Brookline School Department
  • Burlington School Department

C

  • Cambridge School Department
  • Canton School Department
  • Carlisle School Department
  • Carver School Department
  • Central Berkshire Regional School District
  • Chatham School Department
  • Chelmsford School Department
  • Chelsea School Department
  • Chesterfield-Goshen Regional School District
  • Chicopee School Department
  • Clarksburg School Department
  • Clinton School Department
  • Cohasset School Department
  • Concord School Department
  • Concord-Carlisle Regional School District
  • Conway School Department

D

  • Danvers School Department
  • Dartmouth School Department
  • Dedham School Department
  • Deerfield School Department
  • Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District
  • Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District
  • Douglas School Department
  • Dover School Department
  • Dover-Sherborn Regional School District
  • Dracut School Department
  • Dudley-Charlton Regional School District
  • Duxbury School Department

E

  • East Bridgewater School Department
  • East Longmeadow School Department
  • Eastham School Department
  • Easthampton School Department
  • Easton School Department
  • Edgartown School Department
  • Erving School Department
  • Everett School Department

F

  • Fairhaven School Department
  • Fall River Public Schools
  • Falmouth School Department
  • Farmington River Regional School District
  • Fitchburg School Department
  • Florida School Department
  • Foxborough School Department
  • Framingham School Department
  • Franklin School Department
  • Freetown School Department
  • Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District
  • Frontier Regional School District

G

  • Gardner School Department
  • Gateway Regional School District
  • Georgetown School Department
  • Gill-Montague Regional School District
  • Gloucester School Department
  • Gosnold School Department
  • Grafton School Department
  • Granby School Department
  • Granville School Department
  • Greenfield School Department
  • Groton-Dunstable Regional School District

H

  • Hadley School Department
  • Halifax School Department
  • Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District
  • Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District
  • Hampshire Regional School District
  • Hancock School Department
  • Hanover School Department
  • Harvard School Department
  • Harwich School Department
  • Hatfield School Department
  • Haverhill Public Schools
  • Hawlemont Regional School District
  • Hingham School Department
  • Holbrook School Department
  • Holland School Department
  • Holliston School Department
  • Holyoke School Department
  • Hopedale School Department
  • Hopkinton School Department
  • Hudson School Department
  • Hull School Department

I

  • Ipswich School Department

K

  • King Philip Regional School District
  • Kingston School Department

L

  • Lakeville School Department
  • Lanesborough School Department
  • Lawrence Public Schools
  • Lee School Department
  • Leicester School Department
  • Lenox School Department
  • Leominster School Department
  • Leverett School Department
  • Lexington School Department
  • Lincoln School Department
  • Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School District
  • Littleton School Department
  • Longmeadow School Department
  • Lowell Public Schools
  • Ludlow School Department
  • Lunenburg School Department
  • Lynn Public Schools
  • Lynnfield School Department

M

  • Malden School Department
  • Manchester-Essex Regional School District
  • Mansfield School Department
  • Marblehead School Department
  • Marion School Department
  • Marlborough School Department
  • Marshfield School Department
  • Martha's Vineyard Regional School District
  • Masconomet Regional School District
  • Mashpee School Department
  • Mattapoisett School Department
  • Maynard School Department
  • Medfield School Department
  • Medford School Department
  • Medway School Department
  • Melrose School Department
  • Mendon-Upton Regional School District
  • Methuen Public Schools
  • Middleborough School Department
  • Middleton School Department
  • Milford School Department
  • Millbury School Department
  • Millis School Department
  • Milton School Department
  • Mohawk Trail Regional School District
  • Monson School Department
  • Mount Greylock Regional School District

N

  • Nahant School Department
  • Nantucket School Department
  • Narragansett Regional School District
  • Nashoba Regional School District
  • Natick School Department
  • Nauset Regional School District
  • Needham School Department
  • New Bedford Public Schools
  • New Salem-Wendell Regional School District
  • Newburyport School Department
  • Newton Public Schools
  • North Attleborough School Department
  • North Middlesex Regional School District
  • North Reading School Department
  • Northampton School Department
  • Northborough School Department
  • Northborough-Southborough Regional School District
  • Northbridge School Department
  • Norton School Department
  • Norwood School Department

O

  • Oak Bluffs School Department
  • Old Rochester Regional School District
  • Orange School Department
  • Orleans School Department
  • Oxford School Department

P

  • Palmer School Department
  • Peabody School Department
  • Pelham School Department
  • Pembroke School Department
  • Pentucket Regional School District
  • Petersham School Department
  • Pioneer Valley Regional School District
  • Pittsfield School Department
  • Plainville School Department
  • Plymouth School Department
  • Plympton School Department
  • Provincetown School Department

Q

  • Quabbin Regional School District
  • Quaboag Regional School District
  • Quincy Public Schools

R

  • Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District
  • Randolph School Department
  • Reading School Department
  • Revere School Department
  • Richmond School Department
  • Rochester School Department
  • Rockland School Department
  • Rockport School Department
  • Rowe School Department

S

  • Salem School Department
  • Sandwich School Department
  • Saugus School Department
  • Savoy School Department
  • Scituate School Department
  • Seekonk Public Schools
  • Sharon School Department
  • Sherborn School Department
  • Shirley School Department
  • Shrewsbury Public Schools
  • Shutesbury School Department
  • Somerset School Department
  • Somerville School Department
  • Southampton School Department
  • Southborough School Department
  • Southbridge School Department
  • Southern Berkshire Regional School District
  • Southwick-Tolland Regional School District
  • Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District
  • Springfield Public Schools
  • Stoneham School Department
  • Stoughton School Department
  • Sturbridge School Department
  • Sudbury Public Schools
  • Sunderland School Department
  • Sutton School Department
  • Swampscott School Department
  • Swansea School Department

T

  • Tantasqua Regional School District
  • Taunton School Department
  • Tewksbury School Department
  • Tisbury School Department
  • Topsfield School Department
  • Triton Regional School District
  • Truro School De