September 12th, 2013
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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.
The Title IX OCR Dear Colleague Letter (April 4, 2011) tells us we must train all of our employees on reporting responsibilities. How are we supposed to do that? We’ve heard your requests for ATIXA to create the tool you need, and now you can train your employees with ease, online. ATIXA has developed an online, comprehensive training tool designed to inform employees about their duty to report sexual abuse, sexual misconduct and other behaviors that fall under Title IX. This training can be used in large groups or individually, and is appropriate for all employees, including staff, administrators and faculty.
The training covers reporting of sex and gender discrimination incidents, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, bullying, stalking and related behaviors, thus satisfying the expectations of Title IX and Title VII. It also addresses the reporting of crimes and crime statistics for Clery Act compliance, when those crimes intersect with Title IX and Title VII (as in the case of sexual assault). Click here to learn more about this new training opportunity from ATIXA and The NCHERM Group.
The ATIXA MaxStack
A Database for Title IX Case Documentation from ATIXA & Maxient
ATIXA's MaxStack add-on to the Maxient Title IX Coordinator Database is available for purchase! Maxient provides the industry’s leading database for Title IX case documentation and tracking. Now, ATIXA has collaborated with Maxient to offer the ATIXA MaxStack, 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. Together Maxient and ATIXA are placing more information at your fingertips to assess history and pattern evidence in any given Title IX-related case, and giving you the documentation you need when you need it with just a click. The ATIXA MaxStack will also help you meet the record keeping standards laid out by OCR in the Montana Blueprint. Check out our website to learn more about bringing this resource to your campus!
Announcing NCHERM Group Online Trainings
The NCHERM Group Online Trainings is a new endeavor to provide quality, distance learning education and discussion opportunities to colleges and universities across the country and around the world.
The NCHERM Group and its affiliated associations, SCOPE, ATIXA and NaBITA, have identified experts from numerous fields to bring you quality online programs that address the most pressing needs in threat assessment, prevention education, sexual assault response, higher education legal issues, administrative best practices and risk management.
Upcoming Online Training, co-sponsored by ATIXA
October 2: Hamsters in the Hallways: Navigating the Law Regarding Animals on Campus
Click here to view the completed Fall 2013 Online Trainings Schedule.
Click here to read the official press release.
Title IX Fact Sheet: Parenting and Students' Rights
Published by the National Women's Law Center, June 2012
Title IX says that schools must give all students who might be, are or have been pregnant (whether the
student is a parent or not) the same access to school programs and extracurricular activities that other
students have. Some states also have their own laws that provide other protections, or even support services,
for students. This fact sheet outlines students’ rights in key areas including school absences, activities and make-up work.
Tip of the Week
If a student gives birth days prior to the start of the school year, would it be sufficient to speak with the student and have them start the next semester without penalty? Are we required to let the student attend classes if they wish even though they may be far behind?
Tip of the Week authored by Belinda Guthrie, M.A., ATIXA Advisory Board
I recommend viewing this type of case through an ADA/504 lens to determine if a reasonable accommodation would enable to student to fulfill the academic requirements of each class consistent with your institution's policies, procedures and practices. This tip includes an framework to understand what should guide decisions of this nature and a list of suggested accommodations.
Are Your Campus Policies and Procedures Title IX Compliant?
You've worked diligently to update campus policies and procedures since April of 2011, to be sure that your campus is meeting the mandates of Title IX. But, Title IX compliance is a moving target. There have been three additional Dear Colleague Letters since then, as well as six OCR-publicized campus compliance reviews. If you want to be sure your policies and procedures are compliant with all of the regulatory documents, our Title IX Policy and Procedure Review Service is the cost-effective reassurance you need. Our reviews can be turned around in just two weeks and provide you with a "redline" commentary on your documents from the experts at The NCHERM Group. Our consultants have not only authored model policies to address discrimination under Title IX, but policies and procedures we have written for colleges and universities have repeatedly passed muster when reviewed by OCR. Maybe your campus uses our model, but do the changes you've made to our templates still meet the mandates of the law? We know what to look for, and we'll make sure your policies and procedures don't miss a thing. Call Alisha at (610) 644-3387 today for details.
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 comply with the 2011 OCR Title IX Dear Colleague Letter by training on sexual misconduct and on our newly 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 or contact ATIXA at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see a full list of webstream trainings offered by ATIXA, visit ATIXA Webinars.
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 (age, race, sex, gender, nationality, etc.) 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.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
Title IX Investigator Trainings
October 10th-11th, 2013
Creighton University, Omaha, NE
Registration deadline is Thursday, September 26th!
October 28th-29th, 2013
Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
Contact Bridget Jacobson at email@example.com for additional information on this event, including a sample agenda and registration form.
Registration deadline is Friday, October 11th!
K-12 Title IX Coordinator Trainings
October 16th, 2013
Additional Training Opportunities
Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Class, Presented by D. Stafford & Associates
November 4th-7th, 2013
St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
NBC WVTM Alabama: Lee County schools, U.S. Education Department's reach deal on equal access to courses
ABC K2TV Wyoming: Title IX equality or inequality?
United States Department of Labor: Final rules to improve employment of veterans, people with disabilities
The Oregonian: Reed College investigating Title IX complaint over school tradition
The Dartmouth: Department of Education probes campus climate
Yale Daily News: Title IX advisory board for students formed
Disability Services & Compliance Officer (Student Service Coordinator III) - University of North Texas at Dallas (Texas)
Director, Office of Equity & Inclusion - Portland Community College (Oregon)
Equity & Affirmative Action Investigator, Office of Equity & Inclusion – Portland Community College (Oregon)
Equal Opportunity Specialist, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity – The University of Oregon
Unit Assistant Director Student Resolution Center/Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Title IX Investigator - Texas Tech University
Director of EEO/AA & Title IX Coordinator - Colorado State University-Pueblo
Director of the Center for Gender and Relationships - Warren Wilson College (Position Description)
EEO Complaint Investigator – East Carolina University
Title IX Coordinator - Occidental College
Associate Title IX Coordinator - Washington University in St. Louis (Position Description)
Visit the ATIXA Job Board to learn more about these postings.
Submit your open position to ATIXA. Please send all relevant information, including a link to your job post, to firstname.lastname@example.org. All positions will be featured on our website and weekly member newsletter.