What should I do if a college or university violates my student rights in Pennsylvania? VIDEO

College students in Pennsylvania have various rights under federal and state laws. If a college or university in Pennsylvania violates a student's rights, there are recourses. Some of the more common areas for violations are under Title VI, discrimination in education, Title VII, employment discrimination, Title IX, sex discrimination, and under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA, reasonable accommodations for documented medical needs.

If there is a violation of student rights, there are different avenues for resolution. If it is a public college or university, you can bring what's known as a 1983 Claim, which is a violation of rights by a governmental body. If it's a public school, you can also bring a claim under the State Administrative Procedures Act, which specifies how the government must act and the remedies if it does not follow its procedures.

For public and private schools, you have contractual rights under the school's policies, including the school's code of conduct. You are entitled to rely on these rights. If the school fails to follow the contract, you can bring a claim for breach of contract. It is critical to have the necessary support to address these violations. Having an experienced attorney advisor will be your best ally to do so.

Pennsylvania colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help address and resolve violations of student rights, include, but are not limited to, the following schools:

  • ALBRIGHT COLLEGE
  • ALLEGHENY COLLEGE
  • ALVERNIA UNIVERSITY
  • ARCADIA UNIVERSITY
  • BRYN MAWR COLLEGE
  • BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY
  • BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
  • CABRINI UNIVERSITY
  • CAIRN UNIVERSITY
  • CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • CARLOW UNIVERSITY
  • CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
  • CEDAR CREST COLLEGE
  • CENTRAL PENN COLLEGE
  • CHATHAM UNIVERSITY
  • CHESTNUT HILL COLLEGE
  • CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY
  • CLARION UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • DELAWARE VALLEY UNIVERSITY
  • DESALES UNIVERSITY
  • DICKINSON COLLEGE
  • DREXEL UNIVERSITY
  • DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY
  • EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • EASTERN UNIVERSITY
  • EDINBORO UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE
  • FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE
  • GANNON UNIVERSITY
  • GENEVA COLLEGE
  • GETTYSBURG COLLEGE
  • GROVE CITY COLLEGE
  • GWYNEDD MERCY COLLEGE
  • HARCUM COLLEGE
  • HAVERFORD COLLEGE
  • HOLY FAMILY UNIVERSITY
  • IMMACULATA UNIVERSITY
  • INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • JUNIATA COLLEGE
  • KEYSTONE COLLEGE
  • KING'S COLLEGE
  • KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • LACKAWANNA COLLEGE
  • LAFAYETTE COLLEGE
  • LAKE ERIE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
  • LA ROCHE COLLEGE
  • LASALLE UNIVERSITY
  • LEBANON VALLEY COLLEGE
  • LEHIGH UNIVERSITY
  • LINCOLN UNIVERSITY
  • LOCK HAVEN UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • LYCOMING COLLEGE
  • MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY
  • MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY
  • MESSIAH COLLEGE
  • MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY
  • MORAVIAN COLLEGE
  • MOUNT ALOYSIUS COLLEGE
  • MUHLENBERG COLLEGE
  • NEUMANN UNIVERSITY
  • PEIRCE COLLEGE
  • PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
  • PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
  • PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY
  • POINT PARK UNIVERSITY
  • ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY
  • ROSEMONT COLLEGE
  • SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY
  • SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY
  • SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE
  • SETON HILL UNIVERSITY
  • SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY
  • SWARTHMORE UNIVERSITY
  • TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
  • THIEL COLLEGE
  • THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY
  • UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
  • UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS
  • UNIVERSITY OF THE SCIENCES
  • UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON
  • URSINUS COLLEGE
  • VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
  • WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE
  • WAYNESBURG UNIVERSITY
  • WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  • WESTMINSTER COLLEGE
  • WIDENER UNIVERSITY
  • WILKES UNIVERSITY
  • YORK COLLEGE OF PENNSYLVANIA

When a college or university in Pennsylvania violates a student's rights, you must have the necessary backing for a school to make the situation right. Whether subtle or overt, schools often reveal their hand by how they address school-related issues and concerns impacting their students. 

This unfortunate dynamic can apply regardless of the nature of the issue or concern – a student may be facing an academic issue, a misconduct charge, or a wrongful dismissal.  A student may be experiencing a failure on the school's part to satisfy its obligations to a student.  A student may be experiencing an arbitrary or capricious action taken by the school against the student.  Regardless of the nature of the matter, any school-related issue or concern must be properly and effectively addressed, and attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm stand up when the bell rings.

Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have squared up against major college and universities across the United States and have won on behalf of their clients.   In some instances, school-related issues and concerns can be resolved diplomatically before the need for litigation.  In other instances, the Lento Law Firm backs up its rightful demands on behalf of its clients by taking matters to court and suing schools when necessary.  

Fighting passionately for the future of his clients at colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation for many years, Joseph D. Lento knows how important it is to challenge violations of student rights because he understands that a student's academic and professional future is on the line. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. 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 helps clients successfully resolve school-related issues and concerns in Pennsylvania and throughout all jurisdictions in the United States. 

Make certain your voice is heard and your or your student's rights and interests are protected – Contact National Student Rights Attorney Joseph D. Lento today at 888-535-3686 or by completing our online form!

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