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ATIXA Newsletter

September 4th, 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.


Due to Popular Demand, Registration Deadline for our Phoenix Event Extended to this Friday, September 5th!

September 16th - 19th, 2014
The Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, Phoenix, AZ


All registration information and payments must be received by 4pm ET. No exceptions!

Register today for one of our fall Title IX Certification Training events! Registration cost is $2,500 per person for both members of ATIXA and non-members. All non-member registrations include a one-year Individual Charter Membership with purchase. Current ATIXA Members, your registration includes a coupon for a free pre-conference registration (valued at $169) for the ATIXA/SCOPE Joint National Conference, scheduled for October 12th-17th, 2014.

Join ATIXA for one of our five concurrent training courses in Phoenix! Visit our individual training and course websites for more information, including sample course agendas, registration information and why your team should choose ATIXA for its training needs! Courses are filling quickly! Last chance to attend our courses for all levels of Coordinator Training and our Advanced Investigator until 2015!

Four-Day Title IX Coordinator and Administrator Training & Certification Course
September 16th - 19th, 2014

Attendees will follow a comprehensive curriculum conveying what every campus Title IX Coordinator and Administrator needs to know, spending four days with trainers who are some of the most knowledgeable experts on the topics. This comprehensive course will be intense, practical and full of opportunities to apply the skills imparted in the training that take the content off the page and onto your campus. You will be able to draw knowledge from a large pool of expert faculty, as well as network with fellow Title IX coordinators and administrators.


Title IX Coordinator and Administrator Advanced Training & Certification Course
September 16th - 19th, 2014
Offered as a two-day or four-day course

This two- and/or four-day training will be facilitated as a train-the-trainer event, with a heavy emphasis on imparting practical skills that Title IX Coordinators, Administrators and Deputies need to fulfill their duties to their campuses, and take their expertise to the next level. This course is designed for knowledgeable and experienced coordinators and deputies, and those who have completed the ATIXA Title IX Administrator four-day Certification Course (not a prerequisite). Participants will be able to draw on the knowledge of the expert faculty, apply skills with practical exercises and network with fellow Title IX coordinators and administrators.


Four-Day Title IX Investigator Comprehensive Training & Certification Course
September 16th - 19th, 2014

ATIXA will be offering a comprehensive four-day Civil Rights/Title IX Investigation Training, expanding beyond our popular two-day Introductory trainings with the addition of an Advanced course. Attendees will follow a comprehensive curriculum conveying what every campus Title IX Investigator needs to know to do that job and do it well. Full of case studies and opportunities to apply the skills imparted in the training, this course will place you in the best possible position to respond to and defend institutional competence on discrimination grievances.


Two-Day Title IX Investigator Introductory Training & Certification Course
September 16th & 17th, 2014

Designed for new Title IX Investigators or those who have had limited investigations training, this two-day introductory training will provide attendees a basic foundation for Title IX and civil rights investigative processes.


Two-Day Title IX Investigator Advanced Training & Certification Course
September 18th & 19th, 2014

ATIXA will also be offering a two-day Advanced Investigator Training & Certification Course. This course is designed for knowledgeable and experienced investigators and administrators, and those who have completed the ATIXA Title IX Introductory Investigator Training & Certification Course (not a prerequisite). This course will be full of case studies, practical application and opportunities for individual and team discussion. The Investigator training will place you in the best possible position to respond to and defend institutional competence on discrimination grievances.

Training Site Location and Lodging

The course will be held at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel (50 East Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85004), 602-333-0000. The ATIXA room block is now closed. Should you still require hotel accommodations, please contact the hotel by calling 1-800-468-3571. The Renaissance Phoenix will offer attendees accommodations based upon hotel availability and the current prevailing room rate, plus taxes and fees.

Tip of the Week


Reporting and Sanctioning of Knowledge/Incidents of Sex Harrassment/Discrimination by an Employee
Tip of the Week authored by Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., Executive Director, ATIXA

Q: Has the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued any guidance on the responsible employee standard for reporting knowledge/incidents of potential sex discrimination of employees? Does Title VII have any language or regulations in regards to who is required to report employee on employee incidents? What are some example of possible employee sanctions an institution my impose following the necessary proceedings?

To read the complete Tip, click here.


Resource Spotlight


ATIXA is pleased to spotlight our Sample Climate Survey.


Roundtable Topics and Discussion Groups for the ATIXA/SCOPE 2014 Joint National Conference Announced


ATIXA and SCOPE are pleased to announce this year's Roundtables and Discussion Groups, scheduled for the afternoon of Monday, October 13th. To take a look at our roundtable list, click here for the most up-to-date conference schedule, featuring the daily Concurrent Sessions, Roundtable Discussions, and our Featured Programs.


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.


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 Details

Conference Site Location and Lodging


The ATIXA/SCOPE Joint conference will be at the Rosen Plaza Hotel (9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL, 32819). Room block filling quickly! Lodging reservations can be made directly with the Rosen Plaza Hotel by clicking here or by calling 800-627-8258 and requesting the group rate for the 2014 ATIXA-SCOPE Joint National Conference.



View registration information here. Registration deadline is September 26th, 2014 and rates are currently: ATIXA Member $419, Non-ATIXA Member $479, Student (Degree-Seeking) $179.

Conference Information

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, execdir@wearescope.org, 610-644-1718 or Marianne Price, ATIXA Director of Educational Programs & Conference Co-Coordinator, marianne@atixa.org or 610-644-7858.

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

Lakewood, WA

Event Information

Registration deadline is October 17th, 2014


November 4th & 5th, 2014

Hosted by Chestnut Hill College

Philadelphia, PA

Event Information

Registration deadline is October 24th, 2014


Fall Online Trainings Co-Sponsored by ATIXA Now Available for Registration

NCHERM Group Online Trainings










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.

Relevant Articles


BBC - Whose Responsibility is it to Prevent Rape?
Huffington Post - An Open Letter to my Alma Mater's President On College Rape
Cosmopolitan - 18 Questions to Ask About Your School's Sexual ssault Policy
Minnesota Daily - Gymnastics Coaches Out After Harassment Claim

Huffington Post - University of Kansas Considered Community Service Too "Punitive" For Rape Punishment

News at Princeton - Faculty Committee Recommends Changes in Sexual Misconduct Policies, Procedures

The Chronicle of Higher Education - Presumed Guilty

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:


Director of Equity and Title IX Coordinator�- Case Western Reserve University
Title IX Coordinator�- Baylor University
Title IX Program Director�- Florida State University
Associate Vice President and Title IX & Clergy Act Coordinator�� Emerson College
Title IX Coordinator�� Lake Forest College
Title IX Officer and Equal Opportunity Specialist�Oklahoma State University
Title IX Coordinator�� Sacred Heart University
Title IX Investigator�- Georgetown University
Equal Opportunity Compliance Coordinator�- Lehigh University
Title IX Investigator�- Stanford 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 dana@atixa.org.




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