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ATIXA Newsletter

October 17th, 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.


Register Your Team Today for the 2014 Title IX Coordinator and Investigator Training Courses

January 27th-30th, 2014
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

Registration deadline: Monday, January 13, 2014

Register today for the first regional training event for 2014! Once again, your campus/school will have the opportunity to train your Coordinator and Investigators in the same location! You will be able to draw on the knowledge of a faculty of the foremost experts, as well as network with fellow Title IX officers and investigators.�

Join ATIXA for one of our five concurrent training courses in New Orleans! Looking for Advanced Training Opportunities? Check out our Advanced Courses for both Coordinators and Investigators!

Four-Day Title IX Coordinator and Administrator Training & Certification Course
January 27th - 30th, 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.

Four-Day Title IX Investigator Comprehensive Training & Certification Course
January 27th - 30th, 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
January 27th & 28th, 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 Coordinator and Administrator Advanced Training & Certification Course
January 28th & 29th, 2014

This two-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.

Two-Day Title IX Investigator Advanced Training & Certification Course
January 29th & 30th, 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 Comprehensive 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.

Visit individual training event websites for additional information on specific training cost, special group rates and how to register your team today!

Registration rates include complimentary breakfast, mid-morning coffee and tea service, and afternoon snack to all attendees. All other meals, lodging and transportation costs will be paid by the participants. Registration fees apply to all attendees, including retainer clients. ATIXA Members receive a 15% discount on all registration fees.

Training Site Location, Lodging and Travel
The seminar will be held at the�Hyatt Regency New Orleans�(601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70113).

ATIXA has blocked�off guest rooms at a rate of $185.00 per night, plus taxes and fees. Discounted rates are available until Monday, January 6th, 2014. Room block rates cannot be guaranteed after this date.

Make your hotel reservations online

The Hyatt Regency New Orleans is located just 12 miles from Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) and is conveniently located within walking distance of many of the city’s most popular historic sites.�Numerous streetcar lines, including the�Loyola Avenue Streetcar�which passes directly in front the hotel, can take travelers on a scenic tour of New Orleans’ most famed attractions including the famed French Quarter, Bourbon Street and Garden District.

For additional information on our upcoming training and certification courses, visit our Regional Events page.


Introducing The NCHERM Group
Model Code Project

A Developmental Framework for a Code of Student ConductThe NCHERM Group Model Code Project

Six higher education law and policy experts have collaborated to offer a new model code of student conduct to the field. You can access the free model with this link, and we also invite you to contribute to our open-source code Wiki project, which allows the entire field to contribute to, critique and strengthen this model. Access the Wiki here. You'll find this model a substantial departure from previous model codes, while it also builds on their significant foundations. We hope you will find our model useful in your future code revision efforts. The NCHERM Group continues to offer custom code writing and revision services if you prefer our expertise in tailoring our templates to your unique campus culture. Variations on the model code for private colleges and community colleges are also available. Please contact The NCHERM Group for details.


ATIXA Mandated Reporter Training for Employees

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.


Resource Spotlight

Title IX: The Basics

Published by Know Your IX, 2013


Know Your IX is a campaign that aims to educate all college students in the U.S. about their rights under Title IX. Its purpose is to arm sexual violence survivors with information to help them advocate for themselves during their schools’ grievance proceedings and, if Title IX guarantees are not respected, file a complaint against their institution with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. They have published a website, PDF, and video of nine things to know about your Title IX rights and an institution's responsibilities.


Tip of the Week

What is our obligation under Title IX pertaining incidents at an off-site internship, clinical rotation when we do not have a written agreement in place with the host site?
Tip of the Week authored by Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., Associate Executive Director, ATIXA

If an institution learns of harassment that occurs at one of these sites, the institution should still conduct a preliminary inquiry to see whether there is sufficient information or evidence for the institution to address the situation. Under Title IX, an institution has an obligation to address behavior when the institution has control over both the harasser and the context of the harassment. Chances are, when there is no written agreement or MOU in place, your control over the context of the harassment and the harasser is probably negligible. Accordingly, focus on what you can control.


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. 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 TrainingsNCHERM 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.

Online Training, co-sponsored by ATIXA

Hamsters in the Hallways: Navigating the Law Regarding Animals on Campus

Recording now available for purchase!

Click here to view the completed Fall 2013 Online Trainings Schedule.

Click here to read the official press release.


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.

The Topics:

  • 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 marianne@atixa.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 28th & 29th, 2013

Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

Contact Bridget Jacobson at jacobsbk@whitman.edu for additional information on this event, including a sample agenda and registration form.

Registration deadline has been extended to today, October 17th!

March 6th & 7th, 2014
Hosted by Waubonsee Community College
Sugar Grove, IL
Register online

Additional Training Opportunities

Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Class, Presented by D. Stafford & Associates
November 4th-7th, 2013
St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO


Relevant Articles

The Red & Black: If a victim of rape never speaks, no one hears a sound

Cavalier Daily: Sexual violence and the law: what you need to know

The Huffington Post: USC, Occidental admit underreporting campus sex offenses

The Washington Post: Nancy Pelosi, Betty Ford, Title IX pioneer among inductees in National Women’s Hall of Fame

University Herald: USC, Occidental College admit Clery Act and Title IX violations in underreporting sex crimes on campus

The Huffington Post: Emerson College president promises improvements in sexual assault response

Forbes: Getting serious about sexual misconduct (and what Yale can learn from Navy)



Title IX Investigator - The University of Arizona (Arizona)

Deputy Title IX Coordinator - Stanford University (California) (Position Description)

Title IX Coordinator - University of Maryland College Park (Position Description)

Title IX & Compliance Coordinator, Human Resources - South Dakota State University (South Dakota) (Position Description)

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 (Oregon)

Director of EEO/AA & Title IX Coordinator - Colorado State University-Pueblo (Colorado)

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 marianne@atixa.org. All positions will be featured on our website and weekly member newsletter.


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