If you are a college student and have been accused of sexual misconduct, many universities will provide an advisor to walk you through the process. While this is supposed to be a neutral party, universities can also be sued for Title IX violations if they don’t offer an advisor. For some students, these advisors are the only guidance they receive during the investigation and hearing process.
These advisors can have a large impact on how university proceedings result in case they act as legal counsel and guide the accused student through these difficult proceedings. If you choose attorneys from Lento Law Firm as your Title IX advisor, you will be paired with a legal professional who understands the university processes as well as your personal circumstances.
Here are some of the main benefits of choosing an attorney as your Title IX advisor.
- Knowledge of law
One of the main roles of an advisor is to partner with you to help protect your Title IX rights. The attorneys have in-depth knowledge of both federal and state laws as well as university policies. You are much more likely to get a fair hearing if you choose someone who understands the laws and procedures that will be used during your case.
- Thorough understanding of the procedures
While the goal of the university investigation is to be fair to everyone involved, the accused student may not understand all of the procedures that will be used in their case. An attorney can help you during any meeting or hearing. You have a better chance of understanding and following what is happening if you are paired with an attorney as the Title IX advisor.
- Experience in handling legal matters
An advisor is supposed to act as a guide during disciplinary proceedings. In addition, they are there to advocate for your interests. Many students don’t realize that this means the advisor will be discussing legal matters with the university throughout the process. Having an attorney as your Title IX advisor means you will have an expert in all legal matters who can handle discussions and negotiations with other university officials throughout the process.
- Easier appeal process
The appeals process can be extremely difficult to navigate if you do not have an attorney who understands the process and your rights. It will be easier to navigate the university appeal process if you are paired with an attorney who knows what happens during these proceedings from a legal standpoint.