ATIXA Newsletter
July 21st, 2016

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.
From the Frontlines: Executive Director Update 

Brett A. Sokolow, ATIXA Executive Director, provides an update on the association and the field in a new edition of the weekly column, From the Frontlines.
The Huffington Post openly speculated this week that the terms of the UT Knoxville settlement ($2.48m) would require it to hire The NCHERM Group or Pepper Hamilton to fulfill the independent commission requirement of the settlement agreement. Since UTK protested quite openly that it did nothing wrong and would have prevailed at trial, please count The NCHERM Group out. The last thing we want is a client forced to hire us who doesn't really want us and doesn't think anything needs to change. If, however, that was litigation posturing and UTK really means it, call me, but we'll insist on a transparent, open, and very publicly accountable process.
To continue reading this week's edition of the Executive  Director Update, including thoughts on the recent findings in the OCR investigation of Occidental College, click here .
Tip of the Week

Notice is notice is notice, right?
Tip of the Week authored by Brett A. Sokolow, Esq., ATIXA Executive Director

More and more often, I am seeing institutions get the mandated reporting policy wrong.   

To read the Tip, click here.
Resource Spotlight

In this report, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) provides a review of the recent uptick in requests for exemption from Title IX by colleges and universities and the impact it's having on LGBT students across the country. Hidden Discrimination offers insight on the legal landscape contributing to the trend, takes a look at the scope of exemptions and offers future policy recommendations.
Litigation Update 

As cases are filed, decided, or preliminary rulings of importance are reached, ATIXA summarizes them for you in digest form, published weekly as part of your member newsletter.
Download this week's  Litigation Update
Explore Featured Speaker Sessions at the 2016 Joint Conference 
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October 5th - 8th, 2016 | Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Join the Association of Title IX Administrators ( ATIXA) and the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators ( SCOPE) for the 2016 ATIXA/SCOPE Joint National Conference, October 5th-8th.
Early bird registration rates available until July 29th!
Featured Sessions Announced
ATIXA and SCOPE are excited to welcome a number of featured speakers to the conference this year. Featured speaker presentations will be 90-minutes in length and are all-conference sessions. Attendees will choose from two, concurrent featured sessions.  Take a look at a few of our featured sessions below.
  • Faculty Activism
    • Laura Kipnis, Faculty, Northwestern University
      • A professor-writer-polemicist and former Title IX respondent, who published an account of her case ("My Title IX Inquisition") and whose email inbox then became a clearinghouse for other professors' accounts of their Title IX cases, discusses what she's learned over the last year about procedural overreach.
  • Psychology of Trauma
    • Jennifer J. Freyd, Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon
      • For the past 25 years, Freyd and her students have investigated the impact of interpersonal trauma, discovering that betrayal trauma (such as assault perpetrated by a trusted other) is particularly toxic to both the physical and mental health of individuals. More recently, Freyd and her students have conducted research on the impact institutional response has on individuals within universities, discovering that institutional betrayal can exacerbate the harm of sexual trauma.  These and other findings will be presented with an eye toward steps institutions can take to address interpersonal and institutional betrayal.
  • Panel: College and University General Counsel Professionals Address Title IX
    • Patrick T. O'Rourke, Vice President, University Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Regents, University of Colorado
    • David Halpern, Assistant General Counsel, The Texas A&M University System
    • Amber Fite-Morgan, University Attorney and Chief Diversity Officer, University of North Alabama
      • Title IX professionals and in-house legal counsel have different responsibilities, but must work together in the best interests of their institutions. This session will discuss the roles and responsibilities of Title IX professional and legal counsel, the places where conflicts can arise, and strategies for resolving them. Among the issues to be discussed are counsel's role in developing policy, coordinating investigations, responding to litigation, and reporting responsibilities.
Explore our full list of featured sessions by taking a look at our  current conference schedule
The NCHERM Group Launches Higher Education Risk Management Certification Institute (HERM-CI) 
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August 11 & 12, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA
Early bird registration rate ends Friday, August 5, 2016.
The Higher Education Risk Management Certification Institute (HERM-CI) is an intensive two-day immersion in The NCHERM Way. We'll teach you how to do what we do, and how to bring our proven techniques of holistic risk management home to your campus.
Expand your skills as a Coordinator, Investigator or Administrator at one of our Title IX relevant sessions:
  • Case Law Review
  • Managing Investigations
  • Roundtable: Title IX & FERPA
  • Hot Topics in Title IX
Access more information here . Questions? Contact The NCHERM Group at (610) 993-0229.
Join ATIXA Today and Connect with our Communities of Practice

Offering a specialized home within ATIXA, the  Communities of Practice  meet the unique needs of particular members' constituency groups through the facilitation and support of lively exchange of information and sharing of resources. 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. Join ATIXA today as a Super or Full Member and receive access to any or all four of our Communities of Practice. Current ATIXA members, email our team to request access to any of our Communities. 
Title IX/Civil Rights Investigator Mentorship Service

We're all looking to increase the professionalism and competence of our campus investigators.  The NCHERM Group has developed a professional mentoring service for your investigators to help take them to the next level. The mentorship is a practical, hands-on collaboration where an expert TNG investigator works side-by-side with your campus investigator(s) to conduct an investigation on your campus. Let us coach your investigators to success on your next tough case! For more information, visit our website or contact Ryan McDavis, at (610) 993-0229, ext. 1009.
Summer and Fall Training Opportunities Near You

Title IX/Section 304 Foundations of Policy & Process Certification Course 
C ivil Rights Investigator Certification Courses 
For more information on our CCC Program, see our FAQs or consult with our CCC Team.
Products & Services Available from ATIXA

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For a complete listing of available products and services from ATIXA, view the Summer 2016 Catalog.

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 recent Blog Posts  here.
Relevant News


Title IX/EO Investigator - South Dakota State University
Title IX Coordinator - La Sierra University
VOICE Center Prevention/Education Specialist - Montana State University
Title IX Coordinator - Dickinson College
System Director for Title IX - Nebraska State College System
Title IX Deputy Coordinator - Skidmore College
Title IX Coordinator - Rhodes College
Title IX Coordinator - Oral Roberts University
Intervention Coordinator, Title IX Investigator - Coastal Carolina University
Title IX Coordinator - University of Illinois at Chicago

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
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