December 10th, 2015
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.
ATIXA Launches New Communities of Practice
Broadening Membership Offerings to Reflect the Needs of the Field
In recognition of the immense changes to the practice of Title IX work over the last several years, ATIXA has created new Communities of Practice for:
Now available as new membership levels within ATIXA, the Communities of Practice offer a specialized home to meet the unique needs of particular members’ practice areas or constituencies. These Communities of Practice recognize that stratified membership pricing will allow more individuals to benefit from ATIXA membership, as well as facilitating and supporting the lively exchange of information, resources and ongoing and dialogue around Title IX, sexual violence and gender equity. Expanding the base of those who join and participate in ATIXA adds a broader range of member voices who will enhance the thriving ATIXA community and its diversity of lenses and perspectives. By creating connections with other peers within a 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.
Learn more about our new membership levels and related Communities of Practice here.
ATIXA offers a membership category for those who serve as civil rights investigators on campuses and in schools. ATIXA Investigator membership benefits are tailored specifically for the needs of professional Title IX investigators and includes our investigator Community of Practice, which offers access to the best source materials on Title IX and Investigations, an active investigator listserv, weekly newsletters with an ATIXA Tip of the Week; the ATIXA investigator library; and a specific Community of Practice program track at the ATIXA Annual Conference. Learn more here.
Victim/Survivor Advocate & Prevention Educator Membership
ATIXA offers a membership category for those who are campus-serving victim/survivor advocates and/or those working as prevention educators on campuses and in schools. ATIXA’s Victim/Survivor Advocate & Prevention Educator membership benefits are tailored specifically for the needs of advocates and prevention specialists, including an Advocate/Prevention Community of Practice with access to the best source materials on Title IX, an active Advocate/Prevention listserv, weekly newsletters with an ATIXA Tip of the Week; the ATIXA advocate and prevention library; and a specific Community of Practice program track at the ATIXA Annual Conference. Learn more here.
K-12 Educator and Administrator Membership
ATIXA offers a membership category for the K-12 community, a specialized home for elementary and secondary educators and administrators, as well as those who support their efforts. ATIXA’s K-12 Educator and Administrator membership benefits are tailored specifically for the unique ways that Title IX impacts K-12 education, and include a K-12 Community of Practice with access to the best source materials on Title IX, an active K-12 listserv, weekly newsletters with an ATIXA Tip of the Week, and the ATIXA K-12 resource library. Learn more here.
ATIXA offers a membership category for undergraduate and graduate students, a specialized home for those interested in learning more about Title IX, its implications within schools and on campuses and information on how to become involved with compliance efforts on your campus. ATIXA’s Student membership benefits are tailored specifically for the unique ways that Title IX impacts students, including a Student Community of Practice with access to the best source materials on Title IX, an active Student listserv, weekly newsletters, and the ATIXA Student resource library. Learn more here.
Existing Membership Options Remain Available
Please note that, if you are currently a full member of ATIXA, you receive access to all Communities of Practice and their benefits!
Premier Membership Option: Super Membership
Super Membership is the ideal “one stop shop” for the highest quality Title IX materials and resources. Created to enable access to a variety of products and services that are typically offered on an a la carte basis, Super Member benefits include all full membership benefits, plus: unlimited access to the ATIXA Mandated Reporter Online training for employees, complimentary registrations to the Annual Conference; Clery Act ASR Model Template, the ATIXA One Policy, One Process Models, ATIXA’s Climate Survey templates, MaxStack*, the Investigation in a Box Tool Kit, and 250 tokens for online trainings through the Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program. Learn more here.
*Requires subscription to the Maxient database
Full Individual and Institutional Membership
$599 / $2499
ATIXA’s Full Individual and Institutional memberships are an essential resource for Title IX Coordinators and Title IX teams across the country. Benefits of this level include: access to the best source materials on Title IX, an active professional listserv, weekly newsletters, the ATIXA Tip of the Week, the ATIXA member library, ATIXA model policies and templates, membership roster access, and member discounts on ATIXA events, resources and services. As a full member, you also have the ability to participate in additional membership Communities of Practice, at no additional cost. Each Community of Practice offers its own listserv, resource library, and access to a community of colleagues. The ATIXA Communities of Practice include: Investigator, Victim/Survivor Advocate & Prevention Educator, K-12 and Student, a new value-added benefit to our full membership.
Contact ATIXA to Learn More about the Communities of Practice
Contact email@example.com or call 610-644-7858 to learn more about ATIXA Communities of Practice.
Tip of the Week
Throughout the remaining weeks in the month of December, all ATIXA newsletters will reflect previously published Tips to provide our readership with a summary of the year's focus and work. It's our hope that you will reflect upon these items during your winter break with a fresh perspective that will allow you to refocus and reenergize your work in the spring.
Thank you for your dedication to your professional development, your institution, and your field. We look forward to working with and learning from you in 2016!
Tip of the Week from January 22nd, 2015
Q&A on Retaliation
Tip of the Week authored by Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., Executive Director, ATIXA
Q: I have an interesting development with a case. A female student was accused and found guilty of dating violence. Shortly after that ruling, another complaint against her was filed, by a different complainant, for dating violence for an incident that happened before the first incident. Following a formal investigation, she was also found guilty of dating violence. She has accepted responsibility for these two complaints. Learn more here.
Tip of the Week from February 26th, 2015
Reporting Responsibilities for Faculty
Tip of the Week authored by Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., Associate Executive Director, ATIXA
Q: A campus has implemented the ATIXA One Policy, One Process after full support from campus constituents and without comment. This policy requires that all employees to report any incidences of harassment, discrimination, misconduct and/or sexual assault. The campus faculty union is now leading the voice of disapproval and has taken formal action in an attempt to get the policy changed. The student government voted unanimously on a resolution in support of the required reporting. We continue conversation with a small group of faculty who are demanding we change the language to exempt faculty. Their major concern is that a faculty member should not have to report against another faculty member. They are also concerned about reluctant students. What should next steps be? Learn more here.
Tip of the Week from April 23rd, 2015
Accommodations for Survivors
Tip of the Week authored by Rick Olshak, Advisory Board, ATIXA
A student, a victim of sexual assault, has requested to leave campus for the rest of the semester and to be allowed to finish courses remotely. Due to long distance, the student will no be able to return to campus for any final exams. In addition, the student is currently enrolled in multiple courses that require highly extensive group work. The student has requested to remain enrolled, will not take a leave of absence and is not planning to pursue any incompletes for current courses. Is allowing this student to finish the courses from home a reasonable accommodation? Learn more here.
Behind the Scenes: A Closer Look at the Title IX Resolution Letters and Agreements of 2014
From the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
By one recent count, 129 universities are currently under investigation by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education for their handling of sexual violence reports under Title IX. During 2014, six institutions of higher education - Tufts University, Virginia Military Institute, Ohio State University, Princeton University, Southern Methodist University, and Harvard Law School - executed resolution agreements concluding pending Title IX complaints or compliance reviews of sexual violence, sexual harassment, or both. This document analyzes key issues and highlights common themes raised by these resolution agreements and accompanying letters of finding.
Recently Updated Mandatory Reporters Policy Now Available from ATIXA
Mandatory Reporters: A Policy for Faculty, Trustees and Professional Staff
Updated December 4th, 2015 and released by ATIXA
This document is intended to outline the College’s policy regarding mandated reporting of concerning behaviors, discrimination, harassment and crimes by employees. It explains briefly the meaning and purpose of mandatory reporters, outlines the legal context, and articulates a straightforward set of guidelines for all employees to follow. Download here.
Join ATIXA for the January 2016 Training Event in Orlando
Join ATIXA January 24th - 28th, 2016 in Orlando, FL for our next hotel-hosted training and certification event.
Meet our Faculty Members
ATIXA is excited to feature a number of new and returning faculty members to our upcoming training event in Orlando. Our faculty members look forward to contributing their knowledge, successful practices, capability and guidance on a range of current and challenging Title IX training topics! Review our most recent event announcement and our full list of course offerings.
Visit our website for registration rates and information, hotel reservations and logistics, and to learn how you can register today. Registration deadline is January 11th, 2106. Make your plans today and join the experts from ATIXA in Orlando!
For additional information, contact Marianne Price, Associate Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATIXA and Trivie Announce New App-Based Solution: U of Nine
U of Nine is an app-based solution to help colleges and universities educate students and employees about sexual violence, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence and stalking. A cost-effective way to offer awareness and education content for audiences that can be hard-to-reach.
U of Nine modules are quiz-based, and have been created by ATIXA in collaboration with leading education quiz-based training app company, Trivie.
U of Nine is approaching the problem of campus sexual misconduct from a fresh, potent and technologically savvy perspective engaging students on these important topics via their mobile devices. ATIXA has assembled two dozen subject matter experts from across higher education to review and develop the gamified, quiz-based content for U of Nine. Each quiz was subjected to intense focus-group analysis, along with feedback from students on pilot-site campuses around the country. Pilot sites ranged from community colleges to four-year residential universities and online institutions. U of Nine allows for longitudinal assessment of attainment of learning outcomes.
Experience U of Nine for yourself! Free 14-day trials available online at www.uofnine.com. Two free webinars are being offered to demonstrate the app, join us at 12pm ET on Monday, November 23rd by registering here or Thursday, December 3rd by registering here.
To learn more, click here. To read the official press release, click here.
Title IX Training Videos Available from ATIXA & The NCHERM Group
A Series of Easy-to-Use Video Training and Skill-Building Tools
From ATIXA and The NCHERM Group, the Title IX Training Videos help Investigators and Coordinators to hone their skills. Each of the five videos in our current series offers a brief vignette lasting just a few minutes, in which a student and administrator talk about a Title IX-related incident. Supplemental materials include a transcript of the video, a leaders guide, and set of questions and answers for use in training and discussion applications, along with a set of key takeaways from each case. Buy only the videos you want for $79 each, or get them all for $379. Learn more about the videos in our series and how to purchase for your campus here.
Upcoming Online Trainings From ATIXA
Join the experts from ATIXA for one of our upcoming training events! To see a list of all upcoming online trainings, as well as the large array of our recent online training recordings available, click here.
December 11, 2015: Title IX Investigations and Technology: Eight Emerging and Common Issues
Looking for more topics? Click here for a list of upcoming webinars presented by The NCHERM Group experts, sponsored by Innovative Educators.
Save the Date and Join ATIXA this Summer
ATIXA 2016 Training & Certification Courses
The Embassy Suites Denver - Downtown Convention Center
June 12th - 16th, 2016
Additional event details, course offerings, pricing and registration information coming January 2016. Contact our team at email@example.com for questions.
Announcing NCHERM Equity Consultant
Assisting campuses in meeting requirements set out by the Office for Civil Rights, the Department of Justice and other agencies, the NCHERM Equity Consultant team includes some of the foremost Title IX experts in the nation.
Part of our law practices represents colleges and universities, more than 75 of them, and we know higher education law inside and out. We’ve trained more than 750 campus hearing boards. We have written more than 85 campus codes of conduct. Our model sexual misconduct policy is the most commonly used model for colleges and universities. When choosing an equity consultant to help guide your school or college through the process, having our insider expertise can make all the difference.
To learn more about our programs and assessments, visit our website or contact Kate Halligan, Executive Vice President for Client Relations, at 610-579-3725.
Complying with Campus SaVE and 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. This template is available from The NCHERM Group for $249. To purchase our SaVE disclosure template, visit our online store. For additional questions, contact Michelle Issadore at (610) 993-0229, extension 1002.
Sexual Misconduct Critical Issues Training for Boards
Four 60-minute modules. $599.99 for all 4 modules, $249.99 per individual module. Presented by Brett Sokolow, Scott Lewis, Saundra Schuster and John Wesley Lowery.
Whether you have a conduct board, administrative hearing model, or use a separate board for sexual misconduct, we all have a major task ahead of us this fall to train our team on sexual misconduct and revised campus policies and procedures. These 4 training modules focus on best practices and general competencies for all campuses, rather than on procedures that vary from campus-to-campus.
- Module 1: Hearing Board Competencies
- Module 2: Title IX-Based Competencies
- Module 3: NCHERM Policy Analytic
- Module 4: Path to Good Decision-Making
For more information on purchasing these modules, click here. To see a full list of webstream trainings offered by ATIXA, visit ATIXA Webinars.
Renew Your Current Membership, Join ATIXA Today and Receive a Discounted Subscription to Title IX Today
Have you seen Title IX Today yet? A monthly, subscription publication by The NCHERM Group and ATIXA makes it easier, with practical content to help you address compliance issues, boost effectiveness, and avoid costly litigation. And now, we're making Title IX Today even better. In addition to receiving an eight-page print issue each month and a companion e-newsletter with exclusive, bonus content, subscribers now also get access to our newly launched website. Special combination purchase promotion happening now! Purchase your ATIXA Membership renewal today and receive the option to subscribe at our special 1/2 price rate. Learn more about Title IX Today here.
The VAWA Brochure Template from ATIXA
A Resource Guide for Students on Sexual Misconduct: Campus Policies, Procedures and Victim Services
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) requires that campuses have information readily available to assure an understanding of campus policies, procedures and victim services. ATIXA now offers you an affordable brochure template, easily customizable for content that is specific to your campus. This brochure will allow you to assure information is readily available to your campus at times of immediate need. We’ve thought of everything so you don’t have to. Learn more about the ATIXA VAWA Brochure Template by visiting our website.
The ATIXA Investigation in a Box Kit
Everything You Need to Professionalize Your Campus Civil Rights Investigations
ATIXA’s Investigation in a Box Kit is a comprehensive resource to provide you with all the tools you need to complete a thorough, reliable and impartial investigation of potential discrimination. The Kit is the ideal supplement to the ATIXA Investigator Training and Certification Course, giving you tools well beyond those already offered with this training. Learn more about our Kit by visiting our website here.
Now Available: 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.
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 introducedits original version ofthis 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!
The ATIXA MaxStack
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! Maxient software subscription required.
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 pleased to offer our online professional development platform called the Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program.
ATIXA 2016 Civil Rights Investigator 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
January 14th & 15th, 2016
Hosted by the University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Registration deadline is Friday, January 8th, 2016.
February 16th & 17th, 2016
Hosted by Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX
Registration deadline is Thursday, February 11th, 2016.
July 19th & 20th, 2016
Hosted by the University of Portland
Registration deadline is Friday, July 15th, 2016.
July 25th & 26th, 2016
Hosted by Hosted by Metropolitan Community College
Registration deadline is Friday, July 15th, 2016.
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
May 25th & 26, 2016
Hosted by Macomb Community College
Clinton Township, MI
Registration deadline: Friday, May 20th, 2016.
September 15 & 16, 2016
Hosted by Florida SouthWestern State College
Fort Myers, FL
Registration opening in January 2016.
September 19 & 20, 2016
Hosted by Wichita State University
Registration opening in January 2016.
Civil Rights Investigator Level Three Training & Certification Course
Level Three is our most advanced investigation training. This training is clinical in nature, focusing on your ability to deploy advanced civil rights investigation techniques with the comfort and excellence of a skilled professional. Working in teams and groups, investigators will hone all of the key techniques of investigation by working with difficult witnesses, lawyers, and cases with hidden smoking guns.
To learn more about Civil Rights Investigator Level Three Training, please click here.
Upcoming Civil Rights Investigator Level Three Training & Certification Courses
September 21 & 22, 2016
Hosted by Wichita State University
Registration opening January 2016.
For more information on upcoming ATIXA training opportunities, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Alisha DiGiandomenico, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATIXA 2016 Title IX Coordinator Training & Certification Courses
Title IX Coordinator Level Two Training & Certification Course
The Level Two Course is a topically-focused, train-the trainer event. This two-day event offers a heavy emphasis on 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.
To learn more about Title IX Coordinator Level Two Training, please click here.
Upcoming Title IX Coordinator Level Two Training & Certification Courses
April 12th & 13th, 2016
Hosted by Northeast Community College
Registration deadline: Friday, April 8th, 2016.
For more information on upcoming ATIXA training opportunities, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Alisha DiGiandomenico, at email@example.com.
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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 posts:
See recent Blog Posts here.
Equity Specialist/Investigator College of William & Mary
Title IX Coordinator California State University, Fresno
Title IX Investigator University of Cincinnati
Deputy Title IX Coordinator University of Cincinnati
Deputy Title IX Coordinator University at Albany
Title IX Coordinator Cornell University
Director, Women and Gender Advocacy Center Colorado State University
Director Womens and Gender Center Amherst College
Survivor Advocate Columbia University
Health Educator University of Rochester
Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity North Carolina State University
Title IX Coordinator North Central College
Victim Services Assistance Coordinator University of Central Florida
Title IX Investigator California State University Fullerton
Coordinator of Special Programs Rutgers University
Director of Institutional Opportunity & Access/Title IX Coordinator University of Kansas
Director, Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator Montana State University
Chief Diversity Officer San Jose State University
Title IX Coordinator The Julliard School
Title IX Investigator/Student Conduct Specialist Metropolitan State University of Denver
Prevention Educator and Victim Resource Specialist Vanderbilt University
Director of Title IX, Ombudsman, and Student Conduct Services Brandman University
Title IX Investigator Christopher Newport University
Deputy Title IX Coordinator University of Virginia
Director of Equal Opportunity Iowa State University
Title IX Coordinator and College Compliance Officer Hartwick College
Senior Title Investigator West Virginia University
Director of Coordinated Education, Training and Outreach Program Northern Illinois University
Title IX Coordinator John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, Washington
University Compliance Director & Title IX Coordinator New York Institute of Technology
Gender Equity Compliance Officer Kent State University
Title IX Investigator Northern Illinois 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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