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

Student athletes in Virginia 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 sports governing body. Coaches, athletic directors, and NCAA administrators, for example, often do what's in the program's 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 Virginia 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 the school or administrators. You must 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.

Virginia 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:

  • Advanced Technology Institute
  • Argosy University Washington D.C.
  • Averett University
  • Averett University Non Traditional Programs
  • Aviation Institute of Maintenance Chesapeake
  • Aviation Institute of Maintenance Manassas
  • Bethel College
  • Blue Ridge Community College
  • Bluefield College
  • Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
  • Bridgewater College
  • Bryant & Stratton College Hampton
  • Bryant and Stratton College Richmond
  • Bryant and Stratton College Virginia Beach
  • Central Virginia Community College
  • Centura College Chesapeake
  • Centura College Newport News
  • Centura College Norfolk
  • Centura College Richmond Main
  • Centura College Richmond Westend
  • Centura College Virginia Beach
  • Chamberlain College of Nursing
  • Christopher Newport University
  • College of William and Mary
  • Dabney S Lancaster Community College
  • Danville Community College
  • DeVry University Virginia
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • Eastern Shore Community College
  • ECPI University
  • Emory and Henry College
  • Everest College Arlington
  • Everest College Chesapeake
  • Everest College McLean
  • Everest College Newport News
  • Ferrum College
  • Fortis College Norfolk
  • Fortis College Richmond
  • George Mason University
  • Germanna Community College
  • Hampden Sydney College
  • Hampton University
  • Hollins University
  • ITT Technical Institute Chantilly
  • ITT Technical Institute Norfolk
  • ITT Technical Institute Richmond
  • ITT Technical Institute Salem
  • ITT Technical Institute Springfield
  • J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • James Madison University
  • Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • John Tyler Community College
  • Liberty University
  • Longwood University
  • Lord Fairfax Community College
  • Lynchburg College
  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Marymount University
  • Miller Motte Technical College Lynchburg
  • Mountain Empire Community College
  • National College Salem
  • New River Community College
  • Norfolk State University
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Old Dominion University
  • Patrick Henry Community College
  • Paul D Camp Community College
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Potomac College Herndon
  • Radford University
  • Randolph College
  • Randolph Macon College
  • Rappahannock Community College
  • Regent University
  • Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary
  • Roanoke College
  • Saint Pauls College
  • Sanford Brown College Tysons Corner
  • Shenandoah University
  • Skyline College Roanoke
  • South University Richmond
  • South University Virginia Beach
  • Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College
  • Southern Virginia University
  • Southside Virginia Community College
  • Southwest Virginia Community College
  • Stratford University
  • Sweet Briar College
  • The Art Institute of Virginia Beach
  • The Art Institute of Washington
  • The Art Institute of Washington Northern Virginia
  • The University of Virginia's College at Wise
  • Thomas Nelson Community College
  • Tidewater Community College
  • University of Management and Technology (The)
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Phoenix Northern Virginia Campus
  • University of Phoenix Richmond Campus
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Virginia Main Campus
  • Virginia College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Virginia Intermont College
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Union University
  • Virginia University of Lynchburg
  • Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Virginia Western Community College
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Westwood College Annandale
  • Westwood College Arlington Ballston
  • Wytheville Community College

Virginia 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:


  • Accomack Public Schools
  • Albemarle County Public Schools
  • Alexandria City Public Schools
  • Alleghany Public Schools
  • Amelia Public Schools
  • Amherst Public Schools
  • Appomattox Public Schools
  • Arlington Public Schools
  • Augusta County Public Schools


  • Bath Public Schools
  • Bedford County Public Schools
  • Bland Public Schools
  • Botetourt Public Schools
  • Bristol Public Schools
  • Brunswick Public Schools
  • Buchanan Public Schools
  • Buckingham Public Schools
  • Buena Vista Public Schools


  • Campbell Public Schools
  • Caroline Public Schools
  • Carroll Public Schools
  • Charles City Public Schools
  • Charlotte County Public Schools
  • Charlottesville Public Schools
  • Chesapeake Public Schools
  • Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Clarke Public Schools
  • Colonial Beach Public Schools
  • Colonial Heights Public Schools
  • Covington Public Schools
  • Craig Public Schools
  • Culpeper Public Schools
  • Cumberland Public Schools


  • Danville Public Schools
  • Dickenson County Public Schools
  • Dinwiddie Public Schools


  • Essex Public Schools


  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Falls Church City Public Schools
  • Fauquier County Public Schools
  • Floyd Public Schools
  • Fluvanna Public Schools
  • Franklin City Public Schools
  • Franklin County Public Schools
  • Frederick County Public Schools
  • Fredericksburg Public Schools


  • Galax Public Schools
  • Giles Public Schools
  • Gloucester Public Schools
  • Goochland Public Schools
  • Grayson Public Schools
  • Greene Public Schools
  • Greensville Public Schools


  • Halifax Public Schools
  • Hampton City Schools
  • Hanover County Public Schools
  • Harrisonburg Public Schools
  • Henrico County Public Schools
  • Highland Public Schools
  • Hopewell Public Schools


  • Isle of Wight Public Schools


  • King and Queen Public Schools
  • King George Public Schools
  • King William Public Schools


  • Lancaster Public Schools
  • Lee Public Schools
  • Lexington Public Schools
  • Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Louisa Public Schools
  • Lunenburg Public Schools
  • Lynchburg City Public Schools


  • Madison Public Schools
  • Manassas City Public Schools
  • Manassas Park Public Schools
  • Martinsville Public Schools
  • Mathews Public Schools
  • Mecklenburg Public Schools
  • Middlesex Public Schools
  • Montgomery Public Schools


  • Nelson Public Schools
  • New Kent Public Schools
  • Newport News Public Schools
  • Norfolk Public Schools
  • Northampton County Public Schools
  • Northumberland County Public Schools
  • Norton City Schools
  • Nottoway County Public Schools


  • Orange County Public Schools


  • Page County Public Schools
  • Patrick County Public Schools
  • Petersburg Public Schools
  • Pittsylvania County Public Schools
  • Poquoson City Public Schools
  • Portsmouth Public Schools
  • Powhatan County Public Schools
  • Prince Edward County Public Schools
  • Prince George County Public Schools
  • Prince William County Public Schools
  • Pulaski County Public Schools


  • Radford City Schools
  • Rappahannock County Public Schools
  • Richmond County Public Schools
  • Richmond Public Schools
  • Roanoke City Public Schools
  • Roanoke County Public Schools
  • Rockbridge County Public Schools
  • Rockingham County Public Schools
  • Russell County Public Schools


  • Salem City Schools
  • Scott County Public Schools
  • Shenandoah County Public Schools
  • Smyth County Public Schools
  • Southampton County Public Schools  
  • Spotsylvania County Public Schools
  • Stafford County Public Schools
  • Staunton City Public Schools
  • Suffolk Public Schools
  • Surry County Public Schools   
  • Sussex County Public Schools


  • Tazewell County Public Schools


  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools
  • Virginia School for the Deaf, Blind and Multi-disabled at Hampton
  • Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind


  • Warren County Public Schools               
  • Washington County Public Schools
  • Waynesboro Public Schools
  • West Point Public Schools       
  • Westmoreland County Public Schools
  • Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools
  • Winchester Public Schools
  • Wise County Public Schools
  • Wythe County Public Schools


  • York County School Division

Student athletes at Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia 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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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 the Lento Law Firm today, and let us help secure your academic career.

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