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

College students in Virginia have various rights under federal and state laws. If a college or a university in Virginia 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's rights, there are different avenues for resolution. If it's a public college or university, you could 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 for not following the procedures. Whether the school is public or private, you have contractual rights under the school's policies, including his code of conduct. You are entitled to rely on these rights and if the school fails to follow the contract, you can bring a claim for breach of contract. It's critical to have the necessary support to address these violations. An experienced attorney-adviser will be your best ally to do so.

Virginia 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:

  • 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

When a college or university in Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia 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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