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

Student athletes in West 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 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 West Virginia 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.

West 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:

  • 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

West 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:

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  • Barbour County Schools
  • Berkeley County Schools
  • Boone County Schools
  • Braxton County Schools
  • Brooke County Schools

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  • Cabell County Schools
  • Calhoun County Schools
  • Clay County Schools

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  • Doddridge County Schools

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  • Fayette County Schools

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  • Gilmer County Schools
  • Grant County Schools
  • Greenbrier County Schools

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  • Hampshire County Schools
  • Hancock County Schools
  • Hardy County Schools
  • Harrison County Schools

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  • Jackson County Schools
  • Jefferson County Schools

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  • Kanawha County Schools

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  • Lewis County Schools
  • Lincoln County Schools
  • Logan County Schools

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  • Marion County Schools
  • Marshall County Schools
  • Mason County Schools
  • McDowell County Schools
  • Mercer County Schools
  • Mineral County Schools
  • Mingo County Schools
  • Monongalia County Schools
  • Monroe County Schools
  • Morgan County Schools

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  • Nicholas County Schools

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  • Ohio County Schools

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  • Pendleton County Schools
  • Pleasants County Schools
  • Pocahontas County Schools
  • Preston County Schools
  • Putnam County Schools

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  • Raleigh County Schools
  • Randolph County Schools
  • Ritchie County Schools
  • Roane County Schools

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  • Summers County Schools

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  • Taylor County Schools
  • Tucker County Schools
  • Tyler County Schools

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  • Upshur County Schools

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  • Wayne County Schools
  • Webster County Schools
  • Wetzel County Schools
  • Wirt County Schools
  • Wood County Schools
  • Wyoming County Schools

Student athletes at West 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 West 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 West 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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