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ATIXA Newsletter
July 2nd, 2015




In ATIXA's monthly newsletter, we share a Tip of the Week, spotlight organization 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.


Screening of the Documentary Film, The Hunting Ground, Coming to this Year's ATIXA/SCOPE Joint National Conference


ATIXA and SCOPE are proud to offer an optional evening screening of the documentary film, The Hunting Ground, at the upcoming ATIXA/SCOPE 2015 Joint National Conference. If you are considering bringing the film to your campus or are looking to view it for yourself, we want to provide the opportunity for dialogue and discussion with your fellow Title IX administrators and prevention educators. From the team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes a startling exposé of sexual assaults on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families.  Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice — despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level. The screening will be held during the conference and is available to registered attendees.


Learn more about the ATIXA/SCOPE 2015 Joint National Conference. These associations will once again come together on October 6th-9th, at the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Visit our website to learn more about our conference hotel and discounted rooming rates.


In service to the field, ATIXA & SCOPE welcome the submission of scholarship applications for the upcoming Joint National Conference. 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. The scholarship application deadline is Friday, August 14th. Learn more here.


Early Bird Registration Rates are available until July 31st. View our registration rates here. Early bird registration deadline is Friday, July 31st, 2015. Rates will increase after this date. Conference registration deadline is Friday, September 18th, 2015.


Keynote and Featured Speakers announced. ATIXA and SCOPE are proud to announce this year’s opening Keynote Speaker, Dr. Rebecca Campbell and our closing Keynote Speaker, Mr. Seth Galanter. Learn more about our Keynote Speakers. In addition, visit our website to see our full list of featured sessions.


Exhibiting & Sponsorship information now available! Please click here for a listing of opportunities and the application information. Full sponsor brochure is coming soon! If you are interested in Conference Sponsorship and/or Exhibiting, please contact Jackie Piper, Director of Member Services & Recruitment.


Pre-conference and post-conference opportunities are available at the conference. Registration is available only in conjunction with conference registration; additional fees apply. Visit our website to register online and for information on payment by cheque.


Contact the Conference Committee for more information on this year’s Joint National Conference. For questions, contact Michelle Issadore, SCOPE Executive Director & Conference Co-Coordinator at conference@wearescope.org or 610-993-0229, ext. 1002 and Marianne Price, ATIXA Associate Executive Director & Conference Co-Coordinator at conference@atixa.org or 610-644-7858.


Tip of the Week

The Question of Free Speech

Tip of the Week authored by Brett A. Sokolow, Esq., Executive Director, ATIXA,


A student was found not responsible for the sexual assault of another student. The reporting student was unhappy about the outcome. As such, the complainant shared the detailed notice of outcome with some student activists who then passed out flyers with photographs of the accused in which they call them a rapist. In addition, students launched a social media campaign with the respondent’s picture. Accommodation to alleviate the hostility caused by the actions of the other students was offered to the accused. We also took additional steps to remedy the situation, such as deleting comments on our Facebook page and cleaning up/destroying the flyers left behind. There is now debate among the intuition and colleagues about what action, if any, should be taken against the students who created the flyers, passed them out, and posted on social media.  As a public institution, there are concerns about free speech. 


Click here to read the complete Tip.


Resource Spotlight


This week ATIXA features The Free Speech Organizing Toolkit, from the Center for Campus Free Speech, a resource designed to provide campus leaders and free speech supporters with the tools to work with higher education leaders to remove impediments to a marketplace of ideas on their campus.


ATIXA Releases Updated Sex/Gender Based Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Model Policy and Procedures


ATIXA distributes freely and publicly its transformative ATIXA Sex/Gender Based Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Model Policy and Procedures, newly updated to reflect best practices, Title IX guidance and VAWA compliance mandates. Both our Policy and Procedures have helped hundreds of campuses as they strive to comply with Title IX and related legislation, as well as protect the safety of their communities. Let it help yours. Learn more about our Model Policies here


Access the Model Policy as a PDF here and as a Word document here. Access the Model Procedures as a PDF here and as a Word document here.


Final Eyes Service: Off-Site Investigation Review


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 instead you can subscribe to Final-Eyes for a flat-fee of $5,000 for the entire year, with no limit on how often it can be used. When your campus becomes a Final-Eyes subscriber, you will receive a coupon code for $500 off an institutional membership to ATIXA (discount is only valid for upcoming new and renewal memberships; cannot be combined with any other offer). Subscribe to Final-Eyes online or request an invoice. For more information, contact Ryan McDavis, Vice President for Marketing and Client Relations at 610-993-0229, ext. 1009.


Become an ATIXA Super Member Today


ATIXA is pleased to invite you to join us as the first members of our new Super Member category! As the association rapidly expands the depth and breadth of resources available to members and recognizes the need for many members to access multiple products and services from the Association each year, we have created the Super Member category to provide all that ATIXA has to offer at significantly discounted prices. You can elect to enroll as an Individual or Institutional Super Member, or current members can upgrade their existing memberships to Super Member status.



Super Members will pay one premium annual fee for access to ALL of the materials and services that ATIXA produces over the course of your membership year, at no additional charge. Super Members will have access to products and services valued at over $10,000 if purchased on an “a la carte” basis for one low annual fee, as well as bonus content, invitations to special events, and enhanced direct access to the ATIXA “brain trust” of the nation’s foremost Title IX experts.


In addition to the benefits of standard Individual and Institutional/District ATIXA memberships, the Super Member category includes:

  • Access to ATIXA services and products valued at over $10,000, without per item fees
  • Complimentary registration(s) to the ATIXA/SCOPE Joint Annual Conference – Individual Super Member: 1 registration; Institutional/District Super Member: 2 registrations
  • Clery Act Annual Security Report Template Language to Comply with VAWA Section 304
  • ATIXA One Policy, One Process Model Policy and Procedure for Civil Rights Equity Grievance Resolution
  • All Eight Modules of the ATIXA Climate Survey (all three versions)
  • MaxStack: A Database for Title IX Case Documentation from ATIXA & Maxient
  • The ATIXA 250-page “Investigation In a Box” Kit
  • 250 Tokens for Online Trainings through the Continuing Certification Credits (CCC) Program
  • Unlimited access to the ATIXA Mandated Reporter Online Training for Employees
  • Super Member socials at the ATIXA Annual Conference and other four-day Certification Events
  • Networking opportunities in person with The NCHERM Group Partners
  • Two annual Q&A based webinars with The NCHERM Group Partners
  • All certification event training materials

Additionally, Super Members will have access to all future proprietary models, templates and materials developed by ATIXA, without additional cost. *Membership must be current to receive updated/new models.




For those individuals and institutions who hold current memberships but are interested in taking advantage of this exciting new opportunity, the cost of upgrading to Super Member will be prorated based upon your existing level of membership and the amount of time remaining until your expiration date.




For more information and to obtain an ATIXA Super Member membership, download the ATIXA Membership Information and Registration Form. Visit our website to learn more.  




Contact Jackie Piper, Director of Member Services and Recruitment at members@atixa.org.


Summer Online Training Opportunities from ATIXA & The NCHERM Group


Join experts from ATIXA for one of our upcoming online training opportunities! Members receive a 15% discount on all upcoming and recent training events. Email our team for more information on how to access your discount. Take a look below at our current list of upcoming online training events.

July 17, 2015: Developing, Administering and Analyzing Climate Surveys
Learn from ATIXA’s top leadership and higher education consultants as they provide guidance on what survey items to include, what topics to cover, sample sizes, statistically significant results, IRB approval, publishing results, and how to analyze the data collected.


To see a list of all upcoming online trainings, as well as the large array of our recent online training recordings available, click here. Looking for more topics? Click here for a list of upcoming webinars presented by The NCHERM Group, LLC.


Title IX and Sexual Violence: Webinar


The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announce the webinar opportunity, Title IX and Sexual Violence, presented by Rachel Gettler, Esq., U.S. Department of Education, OCR. Visit AAAED’s registration website here for registration information and event details.


Announcing the ATIXA K-12 Title IX Community of Practice


OCR Dear Colleague Letter on Title IX Coordinators


On April 24th, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued new guidance to School Superintendents focusing on the need to designate a Title IX Coordinator and affirmed the importance of providing authority and support to this role within school districts. View the Dear Colleague Letter here.


Under this guidance, K-12 Administrators must assure that Title IX is a priority for your school and district. In this letter, OCR told us that Title IX Coordinators must be trained, have wide-ranging responsibilities, and OCR explicitly applied previous 2011 and 2014 guidance documents to K-12 for the first time.  If you are a K-12 administrator, are you ready to meet these new mandates? ATIXA is here to help.




The Communities of Practice offer a specialized home within ATIXA to meet the unique needs of particular members’ constituency groups. These Communities facilitate and support the lively exchange of information, offer resources and allow for ongoing and engaging dialogue to promote the free flow of ideas.  ATIXA’s K-12 Community of Practice is an essential tool your District Coordinator will soon realize they cannot live without. 


By creating connections with other peers in your Community of Practice, participants have the opportunity to discuss successes and challenges, identify trends and best practices and offer issue-specific guidance, all while breaking down the barriers of isolation in their work. ATIXA is excited to offer your District’s Coordinator the opportunity to network with K-12 colleagues across the country. Learn more about our Communities of Practice by visiting our website here. Please join us!




ATIXA is pleased to announce its K-12 Community of Practice, a specialized home for K-12 educators and administrators and those who support their efforts. Become a part of this engaging community to build upon our resources, content and guidance centered on the unique ways that Title IX impacts K-12 education. We invite you to become one of our thought-leaders!


The cost to become a member of our K-12 Community of Practice is $149 annually. 


Joining the ATIXA K-12 Community of Practice offers you:

  • Unique community-driven K-12 content and resources
  • A Quarterly Newsletter from ATIXA
  • The ATIXA K-12 Community of Practice Listserv
  • A Specific Community of Practice Program Track at the ATIXA Annual Conference

Joining a Community of Practice does not offer the same benefits as our standard membership.




For more information and to obtain an ATIXA Super Member membership, download the ATIXA Membership Information and Registration Form. Visit our website to learn more. 


Upcoming Civil Rights Investigator Level One and Level Two Training & Certification Courses


Civil Rights Investigator Level One Training & Certification Course

This course provides foundational knowledge and skills for civil rights investigators, deputies and Title IX Coordinators/Administrators who perform and/or oversee campus investigations. The primary focus is mastering investigation of campus sexual misconduct and sexual harassment.

To learn more about Civil Rights Investigator Level One Training, please click here.

Upcoming Civil Rights Investigator Level One Training & Certification Courses


July 27th & 28th, 2015

Hosted by Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

Registration deadline is Friday, July 17th, 2015.

July 29th & 30th, 2015

Hosted by Wichita State University

Wichita, KS

Registration deadline is Friday, July 17th, 2015.


September 22nd & 23rd, 2015
Hosted by Davenport University
Grand Rapids, MI
Registration deadline is Friday, September 11th, 2015.

September 29th & 30th, 2015
Hosted by Gardner-Webb University
Boiling Springs, NC
Registration deadline is Friday, September 18th, 2015.

December 15th & 16th, 2015
Hosted by St. Thomas University
Miami Gardens, FL
Registration deadline is Friday, December 4th, 2015.


Civil Rights Investigator Level Two Training & Certification Course

Level Two investigator training is an intermediate level of training that builds on your skill set with more nuanced questioning techniques, a strong focus on questioning, record keeping and note-taking, managing complex investigations, and a topical exploration that broadens beyond the sexual misconduct focus of Level One. This training builds strong skills with frequent exercises and case studies that allow for high levels of interaction, analysis and the application of various civil rights investigation techniques.

To learn more about Civil Rights Investigator Level Two Training, please click here.

Upcoming Civil Rights Investigator Level Two Training & Certification Courses

July 15th & 16th, 2015
Hosted by Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT
Registration deadline is Friday, July 3rd, 2015.

July 29th & 30th, 2015

Hosted by Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

Registration deadline is Friday, July 17th, 2015.


August 31st & September 1st, 2015
Hosted by Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, CA
Registration deadline is Friday, August 21st, 2015.

September 17th & 18th, 2015

Hosted by Waubonsee Community College

Sugar Grove, IL
Registration deadline is Friday, September 4th, 2015.


Cost, Attendance & Registration

  • Non-member registration
    • $2,000 per campus, for a group of up to 7 people.
    • $1,500 per two individuals.
    • $1,000 per individual.
  • Member registration
    • $1,700 per campus, for a group of up to 7 people.
    • $1,275 per two individuals.
    • $850 per individual.


  • Non-member registration + Investigation in a Box
    • $3,500 per campus, for a group of up to 7 people.
    • $2,199 per two individuals.
    • $1,699 per individual.
  • Member registration + Investigation in a Box
    • $2,975 per campus, for a group of up to 7 people.
    • $1,869 per two individuals.
    • $1,449 per individual.

Introducing Investigation in a Box Kit

ATIXA's Investigation in a Box Kit is designed to provide your school’s trained Title IX investigator or investigative team with the tools needed to complete a thorough, reliable and impartial administrative investigation into a possible Title IX violation. The Kit and the resources contained therein are intended to supplement the ATIXA Investigator Training and Certification Course. This Kit will assist your school in providing a prompt, effective and equitable response to Title IX complaints and issues on your campus. Investigation in a Box Kit includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Template letters of investigation, notice, charge, hearing, outcome
  • Sample hearing deliberation report
  • Sample investigation action plan
  • Trainer-training materials and presentations
  • Sample investigation reports
  • Sample report templates
  • Model policies and procedures
  • Question samples for stalking, IPV, sexual harassment and sexual violence
  • Case studies
  • Model Investigation Protocol Guide

Contact ATIXA

For more information on upcoming ATIXA training opportunities, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Tarczynski, at amanda@atixa.org.

New Subscription-Based Publication Available from The NCHERM Group and ATIXA: Title IX Today


Ensuring Title IX compliance can be difficult. Title IX Today, a new, monthly subscription publication by The NCHERM Group and the Association of Title IX Administrators makes it easier, with practical content to help you address compliance issues, boost effectiveness, and avoid costly litigation. Title IX Today brings you the latest Title IX news, research, and expert guidance. With insights from our renowned advisory panel and a team of expert contributors, we provide you with a road map to navigate even your most difficult Title IX challenges. 


This week, we bring you our very first print edition absolutely free! Download and view Title IX Today and begin enjoying this new publication in your professional practice.


For just $299 annually, our subscribers receive an eight-page print issue each month delivered directly to your mailbox, with articles that get straight to the point and information you can use right now. In addition, you will receive a monthly companion e-newsletter, containing the latest issue in PDF format for maximum portability, bonus e-exclusive content and links to helpful resources and Title IX news.


If you're already a member of ATIXA, you get all this at a 15% discount off the full price. All you have to do is email us to receive your discount code. For subscription questions or additional information email the team at ATIXA.

New Resource Available: The ATIXA Title IX/VAWA Section 304 Training Checklist


Check out our newly revised ATIXA Title IX/VAWA Section 304 Training Checklist.

This resource is has been updated to incorporate new guidance on Title IX and regulatory mandates of VAWA Section 304. Current ATIXA Members, log-in to your account today, visit the Members-only Title IX Library and begin using this resource in your professional practice! Want to purchase the Checklist? Visit ATIXA here to learn more.

Mandated Reporter Training for Employees: A Full-Service Online Training from ATIXA


Newly Revised and Updated for 2015 To Comply with all New Federal Regulations

In early 2014, ATIXA heard your requests and introduced its original version of this training tool. Today, in response to the newest rounds of federal regulation and guidance (VAWA Section 304 and the OCR Title IX Q&A from April 2014) and valuable feedback from our current users, we have re-designed this tool to better meet the needs of your campus. We've heard your requests for ATIXA to update and create the tool you need, and now you can train your employees with ease, online. This online training is designed to inform employees about their duty to report sexual abuse, sexual misconduct and other behaviors that fall under Title IX. Learn more 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!

Submission Deadline is July 15th for Inaugural Issue of Journal of Campus Title IX Compliance and Best Practices


The Journal of Campus Title IX Compliance and Best Practices (Campus IX) is the flagship, peer-reviewed journal of ATIXA. This journal will offer a space for Title IX coordinators, investigators and administrators to come together and explore emerging best practices, cutting-edge research, legal opinions and practical case studies relevant to the field of sexual assault prevention, investigation, remedies and response.

The journal will be launched for the ATIXA/SCOPE 2015 Joint National Conference with the call for submissions having been made during the ATIXA/SCOPE 2014 Joint National Conference. Article submissions are encouraged in a variety of content areas. These include:

  • Original research in the areas of campus sexual assault, investigation, coordination, administration. Preference will be give to studies that have generalizable results and are based on findings from multiple college and universities rather than a single school.
  • Case studies that provide clear teachable moments and illustrations for those working in the field.
  • Summary of law and policy and/or exploration of legal issues related to Title IX and sexual assault.
  • Discussion of policy and administration challenges and best practices.
  • Review of current prevention programs, investigation procedures or educational efforts.

Those interested in submitting an article should do so via email to the Campus IX managing editor, Dr. Brian Van Brunt, at brian@ncherm.org. Submission criteria are included here. Articles should be submitted prior to July 15, 2015 to be considered for publication in the 2015 edition of the Campus IX journal.

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. Final regulations were released in October 2014 by the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee, requiring changes to the Clery Act effective July 2015. 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. Please also note that purchasers will receive all updates made to the template language, so you can be assured that you will always have our most current version at hand.

The ATIXA MaxStack

A Database for Title IX Case Documentation from ATIXA & Maxient


ATIXA has collaborated with Maxient, the industry’s leading database for case documentation and tracking, to offer the new ATIXA MaxStack. Together, we are giving existing and new Maxient users access through the Maxient database to ATIXA’s proprietary forms, checklists, investigation templates, template letters, materials for Title IX case organization, documentation and tracking. Check out our website to learn more about bringing this resource to your campus!

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 heard your requests to update and renew your certifications online, and we are proud to offer our online professional development platform called the Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program.

Relevant Articles


Huffington Post - Two Kansas Universities Are in Legal Dispute Over Supervising Student Speech Off Campus

RH Reality Check - #TitleIXAt43: How We Talk About the Landmark Anti-Discrimination Legislation

AAUW - 4 Ways Young Women Can Take Action on Education Equity

Al Jazeera America - UC Berkeley Sued Over 'Indifference' To Sex Assaults

Inside Higher Ed - Outsourced Campus Judges


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

See this week's Blog Posts:



Title IX Coordinator – Spelman College

Director of Equal Opportunity – University of North Texas

Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator – The University of Texas at Austin

Title IX Coordinator – Connecticut College

Associate Director – Cornell University

Director, HR Compliance, Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator – The University of Toledo

Care Team Case Manager – Community College of Denver

Title IX Coordinator – DePaul University

Title IX Investigator – Stanford University

Civil Rights Investigator – University of Maryland

Title IX Program Officer – American University

Deputy Title IX Coordinator – Virginia Commonwealth University

Title IX Coordinator – Tulane University

Equal Opportunity Director & Title IX Coordinator – Indiana State University

Title IX Investigator – University of Missouri

Title IX Coordinator & EEO Compliance Officer – Westminster College

Title IX Coordinator – Babson College

Title IX Coordinator – Cosmetology Training Centers


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 dana@atixa.org.




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