What should I do if my child is facing a university sexual misconduct investigation in Pennsylvania? VIDEO

If your child is facing a college sexual misconduct investigation in Pennsylvania, take the necessary precautions before you engage with the school in any capacity, too much is at stake. Being accused of sexual misconduct at college is incredibly serious. Every step of a college sexual misconduct case is incredibly critical. The early stages are especially critical because they'll set the stage for later aspects of the case. You of course do not want to do or say the wrong thing at any point in the process, but especially early in the process. Pennsylvania's colleges and universities are often in a rush to judgment, they're often in a rush to invite a meeting or interview with an accused student. They're not mindful of an accused student's rights and interests, both early and throughout the process. You need to understand this before you go forward.

You have to familiarize yourself with the school's policies as to how the case will be addressed and adjudicated. You have to get as much information about the allegations as possible. You have to get an understanding as to why this may be taking place, and at the given time, you have to prepare accordingly to respond to the school but it should only take place at the appropriate time.

An experienced attorney advisor can help you understand and navigate the process. They'll be able to let you know when would be an appropriate time, what should be taking place in a given case, what should not be taking place, what needs to take place. They'll also be able to work towards trying to ensure a fair process and a favorable outcome. If your son or daughter is accused of sexual misconduct at a Pennsylvania college or university, make certain that they have an experienced ally in their corner from as early as possible in the process.

Pennsylvania colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your student's college sexual misconduct advisor during investigations, hearings, and appeals 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

It is critical to make certain the college sexual misconduct investigation at your Pennsylvania school is handled properly and that the accused student's interests are protected from as early as possible during the sexual misconduct investigative process.  One major reason is because even at colleges and universities where a finding of responsibility for sexual misconduct charges is made at a hearing, the investigation will set the stage for what the hearing panel is provided prior to a hearing (and what the hearing panel will in large part rely on at a hearing), and at schools where the finding of responsibility is made solely through the investigative process, what takes place during the investigation itself will determine whether the accused is found responsible or not responsible for college sexual misconduct charges.

Unfortunately, some students, families, and college employees make the mistake of not taking the necessary precautions as soon as possible when accused of sexual misconduct at college.  Some people will mistakenly believe that if they "just explain what happened," their college or university will be fair and impartial and will arrive at the truth.  In a perfect world this may be the case, but in a perfect world, sexual misconduct cases would not exist.

Fighting passionately for the future of his clients at universities and colleges throughout the nation for many years, Joseph D. Lento knows how important it is to mount the strongest defense because he understands that an accused'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 Lento is a licensed attorney in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, 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 a college sexual misconduct advisor to students and others in academia facing sexual misconduct investigations and Title IX disciplinary cases in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National College Sexual Misconduct Attorney Joseph D. Lento today at 888-535-3686 or by completing our online form.

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