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What to Do When You’ve Gone Viral, But Not in a Good Way

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 08, 2022 | 0 Comments

Recently, a University of Baltimore student posted a video on the TikTok streaming platform, accusing another student of threatening and stalking her and arguing that university officials failed to take effective action when she reported the matter to them. The video has been viewed millions of times, and according to news reports, the accused student has been barred from campus.

It can be uncomfortable, to say the least, when somebody posts something unfavorable about you on line. Whether the post is viewed by one or two people, or whether it goes viral and is seen by millions, posts that accuse you of bad behavior of any type can haunt you for years. So what do you do if another student makes damaging accusations against you in a public post?

Don't Retaliate

One thing you should definitely not do is retaliate – whether in person or online. Confronting your accuser in person can sometimes lead to a physical altercation that could easily get out of hand, and posting false or damaging information about someone, even if they have made terrible accusations against or about you, is rarely justified and can lead to a defamation charge.

Yes, it can be very difficult to be the topic of a harmful public accusation, and it may seem unfair to be told to simply ignore it. But responding without receiving effective advice from an experienced student defense attorney can sometimes make things worse. Attorney Joseph D. Lento has that experience and can help you decide what steps, if any, to take to try to clear your name while still protecting what's just as important – your good standing as a student.

Do Prepare to Defend Yourself

Colleges and universities have their own codes of conduct that act as a separate set of laws and procedures governing student discipline. The standards are generally much looser than in criminal law prosecutions, and the protections for accused students are much lower than in the ‘real world.' Frequently an accused student can find themselves with a permanent note in their student record, or even suspended or expelled, in cases that would never make it to trial in a criminal court setting.

This means that if you are accused by someone of doing or saying something that violates school policies, particularly your school's honor code, you should not take it lightly. Joseph D. Lento can help you navigate these kinds of difficult situations. An attorney who has counseled students at schools across the country on school disciplinary issues, Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm, have the skills and background necessary to defend you against unfounded charges.

Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm Can Help

Attorney Joseph D. Lento has represented students all over the country who find themselves involved in school disciplinary investigations. He and the Lento Law Firm Student Defense Team have the knowledge and experience you need to advise students and parents about how to respond to misconduct allegations and disciplinary investigations. Contact Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686 or through our contact form to learn more about how Joseph D. Lento and his expert team can help you.

About the Author

Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients nationwide. Attorney Lento and his team represent students and others in disciplinary cases and various other proceedings at colleges and universities across the United States. Attorney Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States, and when necessary, he and his team have sought justice on behalf of clients in courts across the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide, and he can help you or your student address any school-related issue or concern anywhere in the United States.

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