September 25th, 2014
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In ATIXA's monthly newsletter, we share a Tip of the Week, spotlight association news and share our upcoming events. In addition, ATIXA brings you information relevant to the field of education and Title IX, with article updates and announcements directing you to relevant content. If you like the newsletter, we hope you will join ATIXA so that you can receive the weekly version of this great resource.
Joint National Conference Registration Closes Tomorrow! Register Today!
The Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) and the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE) are excited to announce the 2014 ATIXA/SCOPE Joint National Conference, October 12th-17th, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida. In recognition of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization and the October 2014 implementation of Campus SaVE Act enforcement, ATIXA and SCOPE have come together to share knowledge and community across the fields of Title IX and prevention education.
Registration deadline is tomorrow, Friday, September 26th.
View registration information
here. Rates are currently: ATIXA Member $419, Non-ATIXA Member $479, Student (Degree-Seeking) $179.
Each week, ATIXA and SCOPE will spotlight a few of our concurrent sessions to offer readers a snapshot of what is to come at this year's Joint Conference. Click here for the most up-to-date and full conference schedule, featuring the daily Concurrent Sessions, Roundtable Discussions, and our Featured Programs.
This Week's Concurrent Session Spotlight
Title IX: The Online Environment and Beyond
Camie Pratt, J.D., Title IX Coordinator, Libby Bailey, M.A.Ed., MLS, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Robert Infante, MBA, Deputy Title IX Coordinator & Marcie Batschelett, J.D., Assistant Title IX Coordinator, University of Phoenix
How does the world's largest university handle Title IX and all of its complexities and requirements? With technology, of course! In this session, University of Phoenix Title IX Coordinator, Assistant Coordinator, and Deputy Coordinator will discuss sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the online environment, use of technology to investigate, conduct interviews, obtain evidence, use of technology to report on and conduct climate surveys regarding Title IX issues per the University of Montana Resolution Agreement, conducting hearing board training remotely, and technological solutions to the question, how do we inform students, faculty, and staff of their rights and responsibilities under Title IX?
Campus SaVE and a Catholic Campus: The Opportunities, the Potential Pitfalls, and the Bridges between them
Christine Schramm, M.A., Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students & Kristen Altenau, M.S., Sexual Violence Prevention Education Coordinator, University of Dayton
As campuses navigate best practices for delivering quality prevention education and support for all students, especially those who have experienced or been accused of sexual misconduct, Catholic or other religiously affiliated campuses have unique opportunities and challenges within the conversation. In this session, we will discuss how the University of Dayton has created our Title IX and sexual violence prevention infrastructure, which began its formation in 2010. This conversation will include issues such as incorporating healthy relationships information within developmentally sequenced sexual violence prevention programming, the launch of the Green Dot program, our Title IX reporting process, and our crisis intervention and support services. We will then open it up for group discussion around the challenges that the University of Dayton has faced, how those compare with other institutions, and our recommendations for how to avoid those pitfalls based on our experiences.
Title IX, Pay for Play, and College Athletics Reform
Erin Buzuvis, J.D., Professor, Western New England University School of Law, Director, Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies
The NCAA's amateurism bylaws, which preclude colleges from compensating athletes or allowing them to share in revenue (among other restrictions), has always been controversial.� Recently, however, calls for reform have been amplified by litigation that has gained traction in the last year.� In particular, student-athletes won a preliminary victory in their efforts to secure their rights under federal labor law to engage in collective bargaining, while, separately, a trial is underway to determine whether the NCAA's restriction on allowing athletes to share in revenue generated from the licensing of their names and likeness is a violation of antitrust law. Either one of these cases, or the mounting public and political pressure on the NCAA that these cases have helped fuel, could force the NCAA to make significant changes to the relationship between colleges and athletes in revenue-generating sport by allowing some manner of athlete compensation.� If such changes are made, what will this mean for non-revenue generating sport and, in particular, women's sport?� This presentation will explain how Title IX's requirement for equal treatment, combined the statute's over all agnosticism on to the distinction between sports that generate revenue and those that don't, could require institutions to compensate female athletes in a similar fashion.� It will also explain how such an outcome could, by contributing to the untenable cost to maintain a commercial model of sport, drive much of college athletics to adopt education-based reform.
Conference Keynote Speaker
ATIXA and SCOPE are honored to announce Jackson Katz, Ph.D. as the Keynote Speaker at this year�s Joint Conference. Dr. Katz�s keynote address will focus on rape culture and bystander intervention in the context of objectification and hypermasculinity. The keynote presentation will be Sunday evening, October 12th beginning at 7:00pm. Learn more about Dr. Katz here.
Conference Site Location and Lodging
The ATIXA/SCOPE Joint conference will be at the Rosen Plaza Hotel (9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL, 32819). Conference room block is sold out. For information on additional lodging options in the Orlando area, please click here.
Take a look at the ATIXA/SCOPE conference schedule to learn more about the pre- and post-conference opportunities that will be available. Pre-conference and post-conference registration is available only in conjunction with conference registration; additional fees apply.
For more information, please contact Michelle Issadore, SCOPE Executive Director & Conference Co-Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-644-7858 or Marianne Price, ATIXA Director of Educational Programs & Conference Co-Coordinator, email@example.com or 610-644-7858.
Tip of the Week
Q&A: Notice of Complainants and FERPA
Tip of the Week authored by Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., Executive Director, ATIXA
Q: Would it be considered a best practice to notify a complainant in a case of a respondent’s return to school after separation where the respondent was found responsible for sexually harassing behavior, but no assault or violence? Does it violate FERPA to share this information with the complainant in a case that doesn’t involve assault or violence?
To read the complete Tip, click here.
ATIXA is pleased to spotlight Addressing Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence: Athletics' Role in Support of Healthy and Safe Campuses, published by the National Collegiate Athletics Association, September 2014.
Combination�Flat-Free Pricing for �Final Eyes� Service:
Off-Site Investigation Review + ATIXA Institutional Membership
You�ve come to the end of the investigation, hearing or appeal on a sexual misconduct complaint, and you want to be sure you�ve got it right. That�s what the experts at The NCHERM Group are here for. �You�ll have the confidence that one of the nation�s foremost experts on Title IX has laid final eyes on your findings, sanctions and/or remedies, and thinks you are on the right track. Final Eyes guarantees that an NCHERM Group partner will review your decision by phone and/or email, and let you know how they see it. �Final Eyes is the reassurance you need in a time when there is zero margin for error on campus sexual misconduct cases. �This service is usually billed hourly. �But now, your campus can subscribe to Final Eyes and also receive an institutional membership to ATIXA for a flat fee of $6,999�for the entire year, with no limit on how often it can be used.
To access Final Eyes on demand for your campus, click here.
Navigating the Intersection of FERPA and Title IX
Upcoming Online Training Sponsored by ATIXA
Join Title IX expert Brett A. Sokolow, Esq., on Thursday, October 23rd from 1-2:30pm ET, as he discusses recommendations provided by OCR, the Department of Education Family Policy Compliance Office, and ATIXA.� He will highlight identified best practices and provide guidance for assuring your campus is meeting the obligations of compliance.
Specifically, this online training will address the following questions:
- What does guidance from the Office for Civil Rights say about the intersection of Title IX and FERPA?
- Respondent access to the complaint � do’s and don’ts
- When can sharing information about a Title IX Investigation violate FERPA or Title IX’s own confidentiality mandate?
- Gag orders and the need to maintain confidentiality under Title IX
- What are best practices for FERPA consents in Title IX cases?
- How do I balance a student’s rights under FERPA with my Title IX investigation and reporting obligations?
- During a pending investigation, what information can I provide, to whom and what needs to be redacted because of FERPA?
- Sharing a copy of the investigation report � do’s and don’ts
- Redisclosure of FERPA information in a Title IX complaint
- What rights of access do students have to investigation records, according to FERPA?
- How should we address student rights under FERPA when a student accusation is made against an employee?
- How do FERPA, Title IX and appeal rights intersect?
- Defining final results per VAWA Section 304
- Sharing of outcomes � how much, when, in what form, and with what content?
For additional training details and related cost, please click here to learn more. To register online, visit our website here.
The ATIXA One Policy, One Process�Model
The NCHERM Group and ATIXA Model Policy and Procedure for Civil Rights Equity Grievance Resolution for all Faculty, Students and Employees
The NCHERM Group and ATIXA have developed an approach called the One Policy, One Process Model permitting all discrimination complaints to be resolved using one institution-wide policy, and one stand-alone resolution process, applied to all complaints involving faculty, students and staff. Visit our website to learn more. Ask ATIXA about how you can preview this resource�for free!
Model Clery Act ASR Language Now Available from ATIXA
Assisting in Compliance with VAWA Section 304
By now, many of you have taken a look at the VAWA Reauthorization section known as the Campus SaVE Act. This amendment changes the Clery Act in ways much more substantive than previous amendments. While amendments before asked us to disclose existing policies, they largely did not require us to create new policies except for the set of amendments contained in the 1992 Campus Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights. Now, those disclosures and rights have been largely eclipsed by the SaVE amendments, which will require us to develop significant new policy language, much of the content of which is prescribed by the SaVE Act. Draft regulations were released in April 2014 by the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee, offering proposed changes to the Clery Act. Start planning now, because there is a lot to this new law.
We have a shortcut to SaVE you time. We have created template language to satisfy all of the new SaVE Act disclosure requirements - at least as best we can decipher them before final regulations are announced later this year. It's six pages of model language containing policy and procedure information outlined by Title IX and Campus SaVE, and is compliant with the most recent draft regulations of the VAWA Section 304 regulation. This template is available from The NCHERM Group for $249. To purchase our SaVE disclosure template, visit our online store or contact Michelle Issadore at (610) 993-0229, extension 1002. Please note that our template only includes the new ASR required disclosures, not all updates that were made by SaVE, such as those involving hate crimes statistics and hate crime categories.
The Title IX SaVE Act Prevention & Training Checklist
The Title IX SaVE Act Prevention & Training Checklist is a life-saver and time-saver that distills all the new and existing requirements into a single, detailed and copiously researched chart that will help institutions examine current policies and procedures and develop a comprehensive training plan for faculty, staff and students. We know how valuable this tool is for your campus. For additional details on the checklist and to share this resources with your colleagues and professional networks, visit our website here.
Keep Your Certification with ATIXA Up-to-Date
Have you been certified as a Title IX Coordinator or Investigator by ATIXA? Are you considering obtaining these certifications? Do you benefit from ongoing professional development from The NCHERM Group? If so, the CCC program is for you. We have heard your requests to update and renew your certifications online, and we are excited to announce our online professional development platform called the Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program.
Title IX Training Opportunities
Title IX Investigator Introductory Certification Trainings
October 29th & 30th, 2014
Hosted by Pierce College District
Registration deadline is October 17th, 2014
November 4th & 5th, 2014
Hosted by Chestnut Hill College
Registration deadline is October 24th, 2014
Fall Online Trainings Co-Sponsored by ATIXA Now Available for Registration
The NCHERM Group Online Trainings is an endeavor to provide quality, distance learning education and discussion opportunities to colleges and universities across the country and around the world.
Fall 2014 Online Trainings co-sponsored by ATIXA are now available.
Click here to register.
To see a list of all upcoming online trainings, as well as the large array of our recent online training recordings available, click here.
New York Magazine - Meet the College Women Who Are Starting a Revolution Against Campus Sexual Assault
Students of the World - Welcome to the iAspire Grant Contest
The Washington Post - Princeton is the Final Ivy League School to Lower Burden of Proof for Sexual Assault
Denver Westword - Their Kinky College Romance Ended Badly. So Did the School's Sexual-Assault Investigation
Title IX Blog
An Interdisciplinary Resource For News, Legal Developments, Commentary and Scholarship About Title IX
By Founders & Contributors Erin Buzuvis, Professor of Law, Western New England University & ATIXA Advisory Board Member and Kristine Newhall, Ph.D., Women's Studies
This Week's Blog Posts:
Sr. EEO Consultant- Arizona State University
Title IX Program Officer - Brown University
Title IX Investigator - California State University, Long Beach
Title IX Investigator (part-time) � The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Title IX Coordinator - Georgetown University
EEO Compliant Investigator (Short-Term Position) - East Carolina University
Director of Equity and Title IX Coordinator - Case Western Reserve University
Visit the ATIXA Job Board to learn more about these postings.
Submit your open position to ATIXA, free of charge. Please send all relevant information, including a link to the job post, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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