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ATIXA Member Newsletter

May 15th, 2014

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In ATIXA's weekly 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.


Announcing Keynote and Featured Speaker Sessions for the ATIXA/SCOPE Joint National Conference

October 12th -17th, 2014
Rosen Plaza Hotel
Orlando, FL

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.

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.

Featured Speaker Panel Presentations

ATIXA and SCOPE are excited to welcome a number of featured speakers to the conference this year. Featured speaker panel presentations will be 90-minutes in length and are all-conference sessions.

Practicing Prevention & The Campus SaVE Act: A Panel of Multiple Perspectives
Monday, October 13th, 9am
Panel Featured Speakers:


  • Michelle Issadore, M.Ed., Executive Director, SCOPE
  • Lauren (LB) Klein, MSW, LMSW, Assistant Director, Respect Program, Emory University
  • John Wesley Lowery, Ph.D., Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Jane Stapleton, M.A., Co-Director, Prevention Innovations

Creating Change Through Activist Efforts
Tuesday, October 14th, 9am
Panel Featured Speakers:

  • Representatives from Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER)

From the Front Lines: Title IX Coordinators Talk Best Practices, Community Buy-In and Tackling the Tough Stuff
Tuesday, October 14th, 3:30pm
Panel Featured Speakers:

  • Joni Baker, Ph.D., Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, The Texas A&M University System
  • Georgina Dodge, Ph.D.,�Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President,�Title IX Coordinator,�University of Iowa
  • Mozelle Orton, M.Ed., Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Risk Administration, Salt Lake City Community College
  • Amy Zavadil, M.S., Associate Dean for Equity, Title IX Coordinator, Barnard College

Past, Present and Future: The Expert Perspective on The Office of Civil Rights
Wednesday, October 15th, 9am
Panel Featured Speakers:

  • Catherine Criswell, J.D., Title IX Coordinator, Stanford University, Former Director, et.al, Cleveland Office, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
  • Howard Kallem, J.D., Title IX Compliance Coordinator, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Former Chief Regional Attorney, DC Regional Office, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights

Case Law & Compliance: A Current Update on Title IX
Wednesday, October 15th, 12:15pm
Panel Featured Speakers:

  • W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Parter, The NCHERM Group, LLC
  • Saundra Schuster, J.D., Partner, The NCHERM Group, LLC
  • Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., President & CEO, The NCHERM Group, LLC
  • Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., Senior Executive Vice President, The NCHERM Group, LLC

Call for Programs

Share your Best Practices! The ATIXA/SCOPE Joint Conference Committee is soliciting program proposals for its Joint National Conference. The Call for Programs is currently open and closes on Friday, May 30th, 2014. Selections will be absed on the relevance to the topics of Title IX and the Campus SaVE Act as they relate to a number of areas. View the ATIXA/SCOPE Joint Conference Call for Programs and see more information here.


In service to the field, ATIXA & SCOPE welcome the submission of scholarship applications for the upcoming Joint National Conference. These scholarships aim to assist our colleagues in their professional development and commitment to their chosen profession. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants based upon written responses. Please complete the application in full, providing detailed and complete answers for each question.

Please note that the scholarship covers registration to the conference only. Successful recipients will be responsible for their own travel, lodging and meal costs, as well as any pre- and post-conference registration fees should they choose to attend those opportunities.
Scholarship applications are due to execdir@wearescope.org by Friday, August 29th, 2014.

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). 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.

Early Bird Registration Available through August 1st

Early Bird registration now available. Be sure to register for the conference by August 1st to receive our discounted rates. View conference rates and registration information here.

Joint National Conference Pre- and Post-Conferences

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. Registration deadline is September 26th, 2014.

Conference Information

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.


ATIXA Tip of the Week

Part 2 of a two part series


Tip of the Week authored by Saundra K. Schuster, Esq., ATIXA Advisory Board Member


As a follow-up to last week’s Tip of the Week on Sexual Assault Advocates and victims’ grievance process advisers, we turn to another frequently asked question, “If we provide sexual assault advocates and advisers for a complainant, must we do the same for the accused individual in order to honor the concept of equity?”

Click here for the answer and the complete Tip.

Resource Spotlight

Recommendations to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

Published by Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Trauma-informed systems are anchored by an understanding of the many roles that violence can play in a person's life, with every aspect of the system informed by this understanding (Harris & Fallot, 2001). In a traume-informed response system, victims are viewed holistically, in the context of their cultural and community identities and experiences; their strengths are valued; and their decisions are respected.

Click here to read more about trauma-informed systems.

Register Today for the Fall 2014 Title IX Training & Certification Opportunities

Title IX Investigator and Coordinator Training Opportunities

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

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.

Visit our individual training and course websites below for more information, including sample course agendas, registration information and why your team should choose ATIXA for its training needs!

Coordinator and Administrator Training & Certification:

Investigator Training & Certification:

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. Guest rooms are available at a rate of $129.00 per night, plus taxes and fees. Please make reservations by calling 1-800-468-3571 and referencing the ATIXA Title IX Coordinator and Investigator Training in order to receive the discounted group rate. Rates are based upon hotel availability. ATIXA room block closes on Monday, August 25th, 2014.

A Rapid Response Webinar: Analyzing and Discussing the Recently Released FAQ’s 

The Department of Education has issued answers to 52 Frequently Asked Questions about the April 4, 2011 Title IX Dear Colleague Letter. These FAQ’s supplement the “Dear Colleague Letter” as significant guidance documents. Join experts from The NCHERM Group and ATIXA for upcoming rapid response webinars as they analyze the FAQs, share their opinions, and discuss the implications of OCR’s answers.


PART I – An Overview of the FAQs
Presented on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Presented by Brett A. Sokolow, J.D. & Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D.

Order the recording here.

PART II – An In-depth Analysis of the FAQs
Cost: $349, Includes live event and access to a recording post-event
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014, 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET
Presented by W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Saundra K. Schuster, J.D., Brett A. Sokolow, J.D. & Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D.
Register online.
Registration Deadline is Monday, May 19th, 2014.

For registration information and to learn more, click here.

2014 Membership Drive

Purchase your membership with ATIXA for as low as $299.50 now through August 1st. Be sure to take advantage of this great offer. Contact our team for additional information or to inquire about member benefits.

Title IX Training Opportunities

Title IX Investigator Introductory Certification Trainings

July 21st & 22nd, 2014
Hosted by Wilmington University, Dover Site

Dover, DE

Event Information
Registration deadline Friday, July 11th, 2014.

Title IX Investigator Advanced Certification Trainings

June 5th & 6th, 2014
Co-hosted by Ozark Technical Community College & Drury University

Springfield, MO

Event Information

Registration deadline Tuesday, May 27th, 2014.

The Continuing Certification Credit Program

Keep your Investigator and Coordinator 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.


Online Trainings Co-Sponsored by ATIXANCHERM 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.

Summer 2014 Online Trainings co-sponsored by ATIXA are now available.
Click here to register.


Recordings also available for 2013 and Spring 2014 Online Trainings co-sponsored by ATIXA. For a full list of previous online training opportunities, visit our website here.

Mandated Reporter Training For Campus Employees: An Online Training from ATIXA & The NCHERM Group

Now Available: A New Online Training Portal to Track Your Campus Completion

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? 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. Click here to learn more about this new training opportunity from ATIXA and The NCHERM Group. Considering this training for your campus? Ask us about how you can preview this resource for free! Contact ATIXA to learn more about our online training tracking portal.


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.


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!


Relevant Articles

U.S. News - Frequently Asked Questions About Federal Campus Crime Statistics

BostInno - Alleged Sex Assailant Transferred Out of Northeastern Before His Case Was Settled

WNPRNews - Lately, Title IX Has Made Its Presence Felt Beyond The Playing Field

Al Jazeera America - Should Colleges Be Ranked For Sexual Assault?

Huffington Post - Johns Hopkins University Failed To Notify Campus Of Alleged Gang Rape, Complaint Claims

ED.gov - VMI Resolves Sex Discrimination Investigation by U.S. Department of Education

Inside Higher Ed - OCR Stays Busy on Sexual Assaults

BWOG - Faculty Release Letter Supporting Complaints Against Columbia’s Sexual Assault Policies

Huffington Post - Activists Warn Prospective Students At Several Colleges Their School Has A 'Rape Problem'

The Courant - Blumenthal Calls For 'Bill of Rights' For College Sexual Assault Survivors

FOX Sports - 'Doing Nothing Is Always the Wrong Response' to Sexual Assault Allegations

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, Gender and Sexuality Center/Title IX Deputy for Sexual Violence Prevention – Carleton College

Title IX Coordinator - Goucher College

Assistant Dean/Title IX and Clery Compliance Coordinator - The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Survivor Services Coordinator - The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Director, Equity and Compliance/Title IX Coordinator - The University of Cincinnati

Assistant Director, Office of Equity & Equal Opportunity - Miami University (OH)

Director and Title IX Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity � Montana State University, Bozeman

Equity Compliance Director & Deputy Title IX Coordinator - Wesleyan University

Title IX Coordinator/Clery Act Compliance Officer - Dartmouth College

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 marianne@atixa.org.




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