ATIXA Newsletter
April 4, 2019
Now Open: The 2019 ATIXA East Coast Annual Conference

The ATIXA Leadership Team and Conference Committee are pleased to announ ce  the  2019 ATIXA East Coast Annual Conference scheduled for September 30th-October 3rd, 2019 at the   Philadelphia 201 Hotel   i n Philadelphia, PA. We anticipate that our 2019 ATIXA East Coast Annual Conference will be our largest to date!  

We will also hold our Inaugural ATIXA West Coast Conference in Napa Valley, California October 28th-30th, 2019 at the Silverado Resort & Spa (registration open soon). We have worked to put together a spectacular speaker and presentation list for all members and conference participants. ATIXA looks forward to welcoming John Clune, Esq., Founder, Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center and ATIXA Advisory Board Member, as our  Opening Keynote Address John will focus on Sexual Harassment from the Reporting Party Perspective. ATIXA also announces Roberta Kaplan, Esq., Co-Founder of the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, as our Closing Keynote Address . Roberta will discuss the Current State of Sexual Harassment. 

Please read the press release here
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Conference Registration Rates

Please  click here  to register online.
Please 
click here  to register by cheque.

Early Bird Rates  (Register by Friday, July 26th, 2019)
  • ATIXA Member: $419
  • Non-ATIXA Member: $509
  • Student (degree-seeking and not a full-time employee of any institution): $109
Regular Registration Rates  (Register by Wednesday, September 18th, 2019)
  • ATIXA Member: $439
  • Non-ATIXA Member: $549
  • Student (degree-seeking and not a full-time employee of any institution): $109
Conference registration fee includes the attendee welcome reception, continental breakfast, morning beverage service and afternoon snack breaks each day. Additionally, all exhibitor materials, conference session materials, and ATIXA developed supplemental materials are also included. All other meals, lodging, and transportation costs are the responsibility of the participants.

Conference registration is not included in any pre- or post-conference training opportunities. A separate registration fee is required for general conference attendance.
Registration fees apply to all attendees, including retainer clients, Super and Premium membership categories, and all concurrent session presenters. 
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Call for Proposals


In addition to our Keynote and featured speaker sessions, the 2019 ATIXA Conference Committee welcomes concurrent session proposals for the Conference, to be held Tuesday, October 1st & Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Please click here to submit your proposal.

Please note the deadline for proposals to be submitted is Monday, June 3rd, 2019. Submitters will be notified by Wednesday, June 26th, 2019.
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Apply for a Scholarship

In service to the field, ATIXA welcomes the submission of scholarship applications for the upcoming Annual Conference and ATIXA Training Courses as part of our pre-conference and post-conference opportunities. These scholarships aim to assist our colleagues in their professional development and commitment to their chosen profession.

Scholarships will be awarded to applicants based upon written responses to application questions. A limited amount of scholarships will be awarded, and submission of an application does not mean a scholarship will be awarded. The receipt of a scholarship award in previous years does not preclude applicants from submission for or receipt of a scholarship.

Please click here to submit your scholarship application.

Please note the deadline for scholarships to be submitted is Monday, June 3rd, 2019. Submitters will be notified by Wednesday, June 26th, 2019.
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Pre- & Post-Conferences

Looking to complete certification training,  along with a great networking opportunity? We have an amazing line-up of   Pre- and Post-Conference Opportunities  available , including a brand new  Title IX Hearing Officer Training & Certification Course.

Join us in Minneapolis for Bias & Cultural Com petencies: Title IX Coordinator and Administrator Level Five Training & Certification!

This course has a heavy emphasis on practical skills that Title IX Coordinators, Administrators, Investigators, and Deputies need to fulfill their duties to their campuses, and take their expertise to the next level. 
 
A major component this course will focus on how bias, either conscious or unconscious, can impact our decision-making. The course will include an in-depth exploration of defining and reducing microaggressions, coupled with a train-the-trainer focus, offering attendees practical tools and teaching materials that can be applied to their schools and organizations. 
 
Because bias and microaggressions can often lead to heated debates on campus and lead to threats of violence, attendees will be coached on de-escalating a potential crisis. This training is designed for seasoned professionals with a full understanding of Title IX.  Learn more   here
 
Dates : Tuesday, June 4th & Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Register today by clicking  hereFor additional questions or information, contact our team at  minneapolis@atixa.org .


Announcing  Campuses and the CourtsA Spring 2019 Webinar Series from TNG

For years, you've had the chance to attend Case Law Update sessions from TNG at conferences around the country. Now, to reach a wider audience, we're bringing the case law update to you, in the form of a  webinar series.

We will kick off the webinar series on April 18th, with a two-hour (1:00-3:00pm ET) overview of the top cases from the previous 12 months. We'll focus on the leading decisions affecting student conduct, due process, Title IX, ADA/504, behavioral intervention, and free speech. This webinar will be presented by the four TNG partners,  W. Scott Lewis, J.D.Saundra K. Schuster, J.D.Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., and  Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D. 

Following on the introductory webinar, TNG will host a series of four, hour-long webinars approximately every two weeks that take a deeper dive into the cases than we could cover in the initial two-hour webinar. These webinars will be topical. Times, dates, topics, and presenters for each of the four are listed below:
Recordings will be made available for purchase following each date for those unable to join the live events. Click  here to register.
Recent Due Process Rulings by the California Courts: What Do California Colleges and Universities Need to Know and Do?  Webinar Recording

Complimentary for Super and Premium Level Members
Please go to the Member Webinar dropdown to obtain the recording free of charge
$199 for all other ATIXA Members
$299 for non-ATIXA Members

Click here for details and to purchase the recording.

The state courts of California are sending a set of very clear messages about due process. Seven recent rulings. Seven losses for colleges and universities. Who is helping put a stop to this litigation madness?

The writ of administrative mandate? Have you heard of it? The lawyers suing California public and private colleges have, and they've leveraged a string of seven lawsuits by John Doe (he is of the infamous Does, the most litigious family in America) to hold CA colleges liable for due process failures, in sexual misconduct proceedings. The single investigator model can't meet the requirements of the APA in California. Moreover, even formal hearing systems are being shot down by the courts. Cross-examination is now an expectation. You need to update your process before the next lawsuit does it for you.

The 75-minute webinar hosted by Title IX expert and LA resident  Brett A. Sokolow, J.D. , Brett shared a review of the key cases that are currently reshaping due process for public and private colleges and universities in California. The webinar focused on the practical changes that are required, and how to evolve your resolution processes without fundamentally upending the structures you have already built. Key questions were addressed, including:
  • Why the single investigator model is no longer viable
  • How to ensure the independence of the roles of those involved in the resolution process
  • How to assure impartiality, structurally
  • What role should investigators play? Fact-gatherer? Fact-finder, or something in between?
  • How should live interviews be managed at different phases of the process?
  • What role, if any, should investigators have in helping to assess credibility?
  • How do the CA courts differ from the requirements being handed down in the 6thCircuit and those proposed by OCR?
  • How do we meet the expectations of the appeals courts in CA without turning our processes into adversarial mini-courts?
  • How do we manage cross-examination with civility?
  • What hearing formats are available to us, and how should we staff the decision-making role?
These ten pressing questions were discussed, along with a live Q&A session that was recorded with the webinar participants.
Tip of the Week

Third Party Harassment
By Brett Sokolow, J.D.,   President, TNG

Understanding the 2001 Guidance in the context of sexual harassment by two third-party vendors, how to potentially interview these vendor employees and is an investigation appropriate. All of this and more relating to Title IX.

Click here to read more.
Resource Spotlight

We are pleased to provide the website and resources from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The AAUW empowers women as individuals and as a community since 1981. They have worked as a grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families by providing Title IX-specific resources such as: "Know Your Rights," "Frequently Asked Questions: Sex Discrimination," "Enforcement for Title IX," and "The Civil Rights Data Collection" (CRDC). Please  click here  to be directed. 
Proposed Regulations: Steps to be Taking
Now  Webinar  Recording

Complimentary for Super and Premium Level Members
Please go to the Member Webinar dropdown to obtain the recording free of charge
$249 for all other ATIXA Members
$349 for non-ATIXA Members

Click here for details and to purchase this webinar recording.

Are you feeling like you're caught in Title IX limbo? If so, you're in good company. And, that feeling is not unreasonable. The courts are in an activist mode, and it seems they are changing sexual misconduct procedural protections every week now. We're working under a 2017 OCR Interim Guide that just about everyone seems to be ignoring. Venerable 2011 and 2014 OCR guidance is gone. Proposed new regulations saw 105,874 comments (mostly disapproving of the proposed changes), and their future hangs in the balance of a political process, a national election, and seemingly endless potential litigation. Against this crazy backdrop, what is a conscientious Title IX administrator to do?
 
In this webinar, Title IX experts Anna Oppenheim, J.D.Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., and  Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D.  offered their thoughts for current best practice, highlighted the first principles that undergird Title IX no matter what political winds are blowing, and prepared you for where the future direction of litigation and regulation is likely to take us. Plus, the wave of new policies banning employee-student relationships, and what you ought to be considering as pressure mounts to revise those policies were discussed.
 
The webinar is approximately 90 minutes in length.
Member Library New Resources

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Training Opportunities Near You

ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator Training & Certification Course Level One 
ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator Training & Certification Course Level Two 
ATIXA Sexual Harassment Case Processing & Resolution: Civil Rights Investigator Training & Certification Course Level Three
ATIXA Title IX Due Process: Civil Rights Investigator Training Course Level Four
PreK-12 Title IX Administrator Training & Certification Course
Title IX Compliance & Athletics Training & Certification Course
Title IX Hearing Officer Training & Certification Course
Should your campus/school/organization look to host an on-campus Training Event, ATIXA is currently collecting  Requests for Proposals  for campus host sites for the 2019 calendar year. 

For more information on our CCC Program , see our FAQs  or consult with our CCC Team .
Jobs

Visit the ATIXA Job Board for a complete list of current employment opportunities. 

New this Week
Submit your open position to ATIXA, free of charge. Please send all relevant information, including a link to the job post, to  info@atixa.org.
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