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

Student athletes in South Dakota 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 do not receive due process or 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 with a conference or before a sport's governing body.

Coaches, athletic directors, and NCAA administrators, for example, often do what's in the programs or their best interests and not what is in the student athletes' best interest. 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 South Dakota school, or before a sport's 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, or issues related to injuries, concussions, or sports litigation. You must take the necessary precautions before discussing any issues or concerns with the 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.

South Dakota 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:

  • Augustana College
  • Black Hills State University
  • Colorado Technical University Sioux Falls
  • Dakota State University
  • Dakota Wesleyan University
  • Globe University Sioux Falls
  • Kilian Community College
  • Lake Area Technical Institute
  • Mitchell Technical Institute
  • Mount Marty College
  • National American University Ellsworth AFB Extension
  • National American University Rapid City
  • National American University Sioux Falls
  • Northern State University
  • Oglala Lakota College
  • Presentation College
  • Sinte Gleska University
  • Sisseton Wahpeton College
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • South Dakota State University
  • Southeast Technical Institute
  • University of Sioux Falls
  • University of South Dakota
  • Western Dakota Technical Institute

South Dakota 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

  • Appoquinimink School District
  • Academy of Dover Charter School

B

  • Brandywine School District

C

  • Caesar Rodney School District
  • Campus Community Charter School
  • Cape Henlopen School District
  • Capital School District
  • Charter School of Wilmington
  • Christina School District
  • Colonial School District

D

  • Delmar School District

E

  • East Side Charter School

F

  • Family Foundations Academy

G

  • Gateway Lab School

I

  • Indian River School District

K

  • Kuumba Academy Charter School

L

  • Lake Forest School District
  • Las Americas Aspira Academy
  • Laurel School District

M

  • Milford School District
  • MOT Charter School
  • Moyer (Maurice J.) Academy

N

  • New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District
  • Newark Charter School

O

  • Odyssey Charter School

P

  • Pencader Business and Finance Charter High School
  • POLYTECH School District
  • Positive Outcomes Charter School
  • Prestige Academy
  • Providence Creek Academy Charter School

R

  • Reach Academy for Girls
  • Red Clay Consolidated School District

S

  • Seaford School District
  • Smyrna School District
  • Sussex Academy Of Arts And Sciences
  • Sussex Technical School District

T

  • Thomas A. Edison Charter School

W

  • Woodbridge School District

Student athletes at South Dakota schools have more to lose when facing disciplinary or administrative proceedings at their school or with a sport governing body such as the NCAA.  Student athletes' academics, eligibility to play, scholarships, and future professional sports opportunities can all be negatively affected by a school's or the NCAA's actions.  That is why it is critical to address any school or sport-related issue or concern affecting student athletes as best as possible and Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have unparalleled experience passionately fighting for the future of their student athlete clients at colleges, universities, and high schools in South Dakota and throughout the nation.

Attorney Joseph D. Lento does not settle for a participation trophy - He fights to win.  He also prioritizes the needs and well-being of the student athletes he represents, with an eye towards the unique circumstances of student athletes which must be carefully considered in addressing and resolving school and administrative body issues and concerns.

Joseph D. 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 an advisor for student athletes facing disciplinary and administrative cases in South Dakota and throughout the nation.  Make certain your or your student athlete's rights and interests are protected – Contact National Student Athlete Attorney Joseph D. Lento today at 888-535-3686 for help.

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